Mangione, Bill, PO2

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Current Service Status
USN Veteran
Current/Last Rank
Petty Officer Second Class
Current/Last Primary NEC
8279-C-2 Aircraft Loadmaster
Current/Last Rating/NEC Group
Rating/NEC Group Unknown
Primary Unit
1998-2000, 8279, VRC-30 Providers
Previously Held NEC
AE-7137-Aircraft Instrument IMA Technician
AE-7173-ASM-175 Electronic Module Test Console IMA Technician
8380-UH-1N System Organizational Maintenance Technician
8201-Naval Aircrewman Candidate
8241-C-12/ C 26 Air Transport Crewman
Service Years
1980 - 2000
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Suez Canal
Five Hash Marks

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback

 Military Association Memberships
Chapter 38Post 7466, Sullivan-Jones PostUSS America Carrier Veterans Association
  2017, Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Chapter 38 (Life Member) (Troy, New York) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  2018, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), Post 7466, Sullivan-Jones Post (Poestenkill, New York) - Chap. Page
  2018, USS America Carrier Veterans Association [Verified] - Assoc. Page

 Additional Information
What are you doing now:
Retired in 2000. Enjoying life.
Diagnosed with leukemia in 2002, 
Other Comments:
Not Specified
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Operation Safe Haven/Safe Passage (Cuba)
From Month/Year
September / 1994
To Month/Year
February / 1995

Operation Safe Haven began in September 1994, when the first Cubans arrived in Panama from Guantanamo. Camps were established in Panama as a result of an agreement between the US and Panamanian governments that permitted the Cubans to remain in Panama for six months. Cuban migrants continued to arrive until the camps reached their peak occupancy of 8,600. Of these 8,600, approximately 1,280 Cubans entered the United States in mid-October 1994 as a result of a program of parole entry by the US Department of Justice. In addition, 110 Cubans were accepted by Spain, and 10 by Venezuela.

Due in part to uncertainly about their future, some of the Cuban migrants became increasingly restless as the weeks went by. The growing tension led to disturbances and riots on December 7–8, 1994, which were quickly controlled by US military members. During the riots, more than 200 US military personnel and 30 Cubans were injured and two Cuban migrants drowned in the Panama Canal while attempting to flee from the camps. There was also considerable property damage, including the destruction of various military vehicles, computers, and telephones. After the riots took place a fifth camp was established to house the leaders of the riots and any individual who seemed a threat. Camp five housed both men and women. It also contained a high security jail system that placed individuals into individual cells. 5th Bn 87th Infantry Fort Davis Panama, was the primary US Army unit conducting security operations and bore the brunt of the riots. Camp five was manned by Air Force Security Police from the 17th SPS Goodfellow A.F.B. San Angelo, Texas. Other personnel there was the 2nd Rangers and Army Military Police.

As the expiration of the US-Panamanian agreement permitting the Cubans to stay in Panama approached, planning began for Operation Safe Passage—the return of the Cubans to Guantanamo Bay Naval Facility. Between February 1, 1995, and February 20, 1995, 7,300 Cubans were transported from Panama to Guantanamo Naval Base. The mission of the transfer operation was to move the Cuban migrants from Safe Haven camps in Panama to Guantanamo in a safe, orderly manner.
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Month/Year
September / 1994
To Month/Year
December / 1994
Last Updated:
Mar 16, 2020
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