A rose for family of US plantation owner executed by Castro

Cuban exiles in Miami have been celebrating the death of Fidel Castro, so noisily that in a nearby cemetery, the marble angels echo with the cheers of conga-lines down Calle Ocho. The Caballero Woodlawn Cemetery on Southwest Eighth Street holds many famous anti-Castro exiles, including the family of one Robert Fuller.

That's not a name that leaps to mind nowadays, but Fuller holds a special place in Cuban history, as one of a small group of Cuban-Americans who tried to overthrow the Castro government in 1960, six months before the Bay of Pigs invasion.

Fuller was born in Cuba and had dual citizenship, and was furious when the rebels confiscated his family's sugar plantation. He rode a PT boat with several dozen men and a few weapons from Miami to the island, where he was swiftly captured and executed by firing squad.

His niece, Katherine Fuller, visited the family gravesite this week to honor his memory. She hopes to visit the island now that Fidel is gone. But first, she said, she's got some celebrating to do.