Oscar Collazo and Griselio Torresola attacked the Blair House in Washington, D.C., in an attempt to kill President Harry Truman on Nov. 1, 1950.
If you read the book American Gunfight (Simon & Schuster, 2005) you’ll see that they came very close.
Harry Truman had been napping in his underwear. When he woke up, he looked out the window, and came within seconds of getting shot.
Griselio Torresola was killed in the gun battle. The image below is of Oscar Collazo…gravely wounded but alive.
The US newspapers labeled Collazo and Torresola as “lunatics,” “fanatics,” and “terrorists.”
But they all failed to mention one thing. The day before the assault, on October 31, the US had sent ten P-47 fighter planes to bomb the town of Jayuya.
Jayuya was the birthplace of these two men: where they had both grown up, and where their family and friends still lived.