2 Replies Latest reply on Jun 18, 2020 3:19 AM by Rende van de Kamp

    Seeking records of American mercenaries during Cuban conflict


      Are there records of American citizens who hired out as mercenaries during Cuban conflict 1933?

        • Re: Seeking records of American mercenaries during Cuban conflict
          Jason Atkinson Ranger

          Dear Ms. Middleton,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

          The National Archives does not maintain personnel files of persons who serve in foreign militaries.  There may be Department of State records that discuss the topic of U.S. nationals involved in the Cuban conflict.  We searched the National Archives Catalog and located Central Decimal Files, 1910 - 1963 in the General Records of the Department of State (Record Group 59) that include records relating to Cuba. We also located 25 record series in the Records of the Foreign Service Posts of the Department of State (Record Group 84) that have documents  of the U.S. Embassy and U.S. Consulates in Cuba that may discuss mercenaries during the 1930s. For more information, please email the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) at archives2reference@nara.gov.


          Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of NARA staff. As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgement as well as a substantive response to your reference request from RDT2. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.


          If you have not already done so, you may wish to review the Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS) series published by the Department of State for documents related to Cuban-American relations.


          We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!