Historic Photo of the Day: Oscar Collazo after the attempt on President Truman

War Against All Puerto Ricans: Revolution and Terror in America’s Colony

 

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.

 

3 Comments on “Historic Photo of the Day: Oscar Collazo after the attempt on President Truman

  1. I still see concept, strategic and tactical mistakes. The Puertorrican Nationalist attempt against the President of the US, Harry S. Truman, at Blair House was a failed heroic act from the Puertorrican patriotic view. But, it was a futile move right from its conception. And in the 21st century, the era of revolutionary movements is over. At least for the US perspective.

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  2. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    It wasn’t “just because” …..
    “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.”
    They were standing up for Puerto Rico …. heroes trying to stop the continued “oppression”!!

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