OCTOBER 17, 1997: In a ceremony Attended by Fidel Castro and Thousands of Cubans, Che Guevara is reburied at His memorial (above) in Santa Clara, Cuba.
Photo: Mike Shess, Pillar to Post, 2015
A CHRONOLOGY 1965-1967
reward for the capture of Che Guevara. (New York Times 9/16/67).
(Dept. of Defense Intelligence Information Report - 11/28/67).
However, "Ramon" (Guevara) and "Willy" (Simon Sarabia), a Bolivian miner, try to break out. Soon Guevara is wounded in the leg several times. Sarabia picks up Che and tries to carry him away from the line of fire. The firing starts again and Che's beret is knocked off. Sarabia sits Che on the ground so he can return the fire. Encircled at less than ten yards distance, the Rangers concentrate their fire on the pair. Che attempts to keep firing, but can not keep firing his gun with only one arm. Che is hit again on his right leg, his gun is knocked out of his hand and his right forearm is pierced. As soldiers approach Che is reported to have shouted, "Do not shoot! I am Che Guevara and worth more to you alive than dead." The battle ends at approximately 3:30 pm Che is taken prisoner. (Dept. of Defense Intelligence Information Report - 11/28/67)
OCTOBER 9, 1967, Che Guevera is posed With |
CIA agent Felix Rodriquez in Bolivia.
Felix Rodriguez receives a call from Vallegrande and is ordered by the High Command to conduct Operation Five Hundred and Six Hundred. Five hundred is the Bolivian code for Che and six hundred is the order to kill him.
Rodriguez informs Colonel Zenteno of the Bolivian order, and also tells tells him the US government has instructed him to keep Che alive at all costs. The CIA and the US government arranged have helicopters and airplanes to take Che to Panama for interrogation. However, Colonel Zenteno says he must obey orders and to leave the matter in the hands of the Bolivians.
When Sgt. Teran (the executioner) enters the room, Guevara stands up with his hands tied and states, "I know what you have come for I am ready." Teran tells him to be seated and leaves the room for a few moments. While Teran was outside, Sgt. Huacka enters another small house, where "Willy" was being held, and shoots him.
When Teran returns, Guevara stands up and refuses to be seated saying: "I will remain standing for this." Teran gets angry and tells Guevara to be seated again. Finally, Guevara tells him: "Know this now, you are killing a man." Teran fires his M2 Carbine Teran fires his M2 carbine and kills him. (Dept. of Defense Intelligence Information Report - 11/28/67).