HAVANA, Cuba, Nov 18 (ACN) Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez lamented today the death of the combatant René González Novales and offered his condolences to family and friends of the deceased on behalf of the whole country.
Lieutenant Colonel René González Novales, member of the Rebel Army and of the underground movement, nicknamed El Rubio de Mery, died in Havana on Novermber 16 at the age of 82.
In light of the injustice and the outrages committed by Fulgencio Batista's dictatorship, González Novales joined the 26th of July Movement. After the triumph of the Revolution, he fulfilled several missions in the fight against bandits and pirates in the western part of the island and led the commandoes who eliminated the last counterrevolutionary band in that region in December 1963.
He had various responsibilities in the Armed Forces until his retirement. For his services to the Revolution, he earned decorations such as the Camilo Cienfuegos Order and the Eliseo Reyes medal for valor.