‘Tail of the Coin’

A Condensed Background Timeline

By Thomas O’Hare

 


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Contents:

Table A. – Timeline

Table E. – CIA Assets

Table F. – CIA Contracted Assets

Table H. – Other CIA Associations Not Clearly Defined

Table I. – Notes

Table A. – Timeline:

In 1950, Grayston Lynch joins US Army Special Forces and serves in Laos and Vietnam.

In 1951, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) tasked Lucien Conein to establish a base in Nuremberg, Germany, assisted by Ted Shackley (these two men would become major players in CIA for years to come).

In 1951, David Sanchez Morales joined the CIA using his U.S. Army career as a cover. David was a top CIA asset who took an active part in many infamous CIA missions during his career. He served at the JM/WAVE station in Miami, FL, and many other hot-spots around the world.

In 1954, Lucien Conein is sent to work against the government of Ho Chi Minh in North Vietnam. He was responsible for arming and training local tribesmen called ‘Montagnards’. He worked directly under CIA station chief William Colby (who would later become Director of CIA).

In 1957, John Adrian O'Hare relocates from Brooklyn, New York to Central Florida.

In 1960, Grayston Lynch is honorably discharged from the US Army Special Forces and joins CIA Special Activities Division (SAD).

1961-01-15: JM/WAVE starts as a Top Secret CIA station near Miami, FL. Future CIA Bay of Pigs Officers Grayston Lynch and Rip Robertson are based there. JM/WAVE plays a role in most CIA activities in Latin America until 1968. Ted Shackley is head of CIA operations at JM/WAVE.

1961-01-20: John F. Kennedy (JFK) elected 35th President of the United States (POTUS).

1961-03-01: 11th Special Forces Group (SFG) activated. Designated a Reserve Unit in combination with 10th Special Forces Active Duty. The 3rd Batallion is headquartered in Miami, FL. Company A, 3rd Battalion is stationed in Tampa, FL (John Adrian O'Hare is soon attached to the Tampa, FL unit). 10th SFG engaged in operations in the African Congo during the Congo Crisis that lasted from 1960 to 1965.

1961-04-17: The Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba by a CIA sponsored Paramilitary group led by CIA Officers Grayston Lynch and Rip Robertson fails. The force made up of around 1,500 Cuban expatriots. 106 of them are killed during the invasion. 1,202 Cuban expatriots are captured – some later dying in different circumstances after their capture.

1962-10-14: The Cuban Missile Crisis begins and holds America hostage for two weeks. A U-2 Spyplane pilot Maj. Rudy Anderson is killed when shot down over Cuba – the only American killed during the crisis.

1963-10-22: John Adrian O'Hare voluntarily leaves his civilian job in Orlando, FL. Little is documented past this point. He becomes a man of mystery from then on.

1963-11-22: President John F. Kennedy (JFK) is assassinated in Dallas, Texas.

In 1964, John Adrian O'Hare starts construction of a ‘Vietnam Village’ (complete with an underground tunnel system) on 24,000 acres of land leased from local residents near Oviedo, Florida. Construction is accomplished with the help of a US Marine Corp unit based in Orlando, FL, providing men and equipment. US Army Special Forces and CIA operatives train here for several years in this ‘off-the-grid’ location.

1965-11-15: John Adrian O'Hare is interviewed for LIFE Magazine August 5, 1966 edition about the ‘Vietnam Village’ he built for training US Special Forces. Advertised as a Vietnam training complex, it is currently believed to have also been used for training CIA personnel for operations in the Congo and other global ‘hot-spots’. Covert training exercises were blended with normal Special Forces field exercises as a cover.

1969-01-20: Richard Nixon elected 37th President of the United States (POTUS).

1972-02-15: Ted Shackley becomes CIA Chief of Western Hemisphere Division. One top goal he had was overthrowing the Chilean Dictator Salvador Allende.

1972-06-17: Watergate Break-in occurs at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) Headquarters (which eventually leads to President Nixon's resignation).

1973-09-04: William Colby assumes the role as Director of Central Intelligence (DCI).

1973-09-11: Chilean coup d'etat occurred supported by CIA Special Activities Division (SAD) and other CIA assets. John Adrian O'Hare is believed by many ‘in the know’ to have played a significant role in the operation on behalf of CIA.

1973-12-15: Bureau of Narcotics Covert Intelligence Network (BUNCIN) created under the auspices of the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs (BNDD later renamed DEA). Lucien Conein becomes head of the agency and recruits Bob Medell in early 1973 and Grayston Lynch in early 1974 from CIA. After Watergate, the CIAdirty-tricks’ and assassination operations were moved from CIA to BUNCIN as CIA was under tremendous scrutinization because of the fallout from Watergate.

1974-01-15: John Adrian O'Hare is tasked with setting up a money-laundering operation for monies made for future covert CIA activities. Several Day Care centers were opened under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for this purpose.

1974-08-09: Richard Nixon resigns as 37th President of the United States (POTUS).

1974-12-22: Seymour Hersh's article appears in the New York Times exposing the existence of CIA improprieties under the Nixon Administration which marks the beginning of the end of special CIA operational groups.

1974-12-31: William Colby briefs the justice department on the existence of Schlesinger'sFamily Jewels’ memos.

1975-01-04: President Ford created what was later named the Rockefeller Committee to investigate if CIA activities exceed the agency’s statutory authority (Seymour Hersh NY Times article).

1975-01-27: Church Committee formed in the wake of the Watergate scandal, the US Senate votes to establish the eleven-member committee to look into abuses by CIA, FBI, and NSA.

1975-02-19: Pike Committee formed by the US House of Representatives votes to create a select committee to run its own parallel investigation of abuses by the intelligence community.

1975-03-23: John Adrian O’Hare is pronounced dead at Florida Hospital in Orlando, Florida. Autopsy photos are botched and body details do not coincide with known facts.

1975-05-09: Church Committee calls CIA director William Colby to testify about illegal CIA activities.

1976-01-30: George H. W. Bush becomes Director of Central Intelligence (DCI).

1976-05-15: Ted Shackley made Deputy Director of CIA Covert Operations.

Table E. – CIA Assets:

1.e. William Egan Colby; Served in the U. S. Army during WWII with OSS in Europe. He was a high-ranking CIA Officer serving in Laos and Vietnam. He was later promoted through the ranks to Director of CIA (DCI).

2.e. Theodore George ‘Ted’ Shackley; Known as ‘The Blonde Ghost’ was one of the most highly decorated CIA officers. He was in charge of JM/WAVE in Miami, FL, from 1961 to 1966. He was appointed Chief of Station in Laos from 1966 to 1968. From 1968 to 1972 he was the Saigon Station Chief. From 1972 to 1976 Ted Shackley ran the CIA's ‘Western Hemisphere Division’. He took over the division with one main mission in mind; ‘regime change’ in Chile. That project was code-named FUBELT. He was appointed CIA Associate Deputy Director for Operations, in charge of CIA covert operations in 1976.

3.e. Lucien Emile Conein; A U.S. Army officer during WWII and served in the OSS. He also served in Laos and Vietnam in the capacity of CIA Officer. He would eventually head BUNCIN, CIA's way of transferring dirty operations and assassinations from CIA to BNDD (later renamed DEA).

4.e. Grayston ‘Gray’ Lynch; Served in the U. S. Army during WWII (D-Day, Battle of the Bulge) and Korea (Heartbreak Ridge). He also served in Laos and Vietnam in a U.S. Army Special Forces capacity. He joined the U.S. Army Special Forces in 1950 and served until 1960 when he joined CIA. He was initially assigned to JM/WAVE in Miami as a Paramilitary Trainer. He was one of two CIA Contractors (along with Rip Robertson ) at the Bay of Pigs, Cuba, and led the invasion while commanding the support ship ‘Blagar’. He was given CIA's highest award for his role in the Bay of Pigs invasion. He was responsible for over 1,000 infiltration missions into Cuba and Latin America by CIA assets. He personally made 113 infiltration's into Cuba during the 1960s. Grayston operated mainly out of Key West and Tampa, FL. Grayston joined the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs (BNDD later renamed DEA) in 1971. In early 1973 he was recruited by Lucien Conein to join Bureau of Narcotics Counterintelligence Network (BUNCIN).

5.e. William ‘Rip’ Robertson; A U.S. Marine Captain who served in the Pacific theater during WWII. Rip joined CIA in 1947 as a Paramilitary Operations Officer in their famed Special Activities Division (SAD). He was later assigned to JM/WAVE in Miami, FL. He commanded the ‘Barbara J’ support vessel at the Bay of Pigs Invasion in 1961. Rip was one of only two U.S. personnel (under Grayston Lynch ) to be directly involved in the invasion. During the mid-1960s he led a band of Cuban Exiles that supported Col. Mike Hoare's operations in the Congo, Africa, against Che Guevara. Che had Cuban soldiers, Simba Rebels, and Soviet forces at his disposal. The Congo Operation was fully supported and backed by CIA as later confirmed in the Presidential Daily Briefing (PDB). Afterward, Rip served in Laos in the late 1960s. He departed there and returned to the U.S.A. in 1970 under an emergency leave due to Malaria. He died from the effects shortly after arriving at a hospital in Dallas, TX.



Table F. – CIA Contracted Assets:

1.f. John ‘Jack’ Adrian O'Hare;The Invisible Man’ who supplied training, materials, services and intelligence to CIA assets. He was also highly involved in super-secret operations such as the 1973 Chilean Overthrow, domestic clandestine intelligence operations, combat training operations, and counterintelligence operations. He worked directly with Grayston Lynch , among others, in other super-secret roles as the invisible link between CIA and operations they could not be involved with (such as money laundering to finance secret CIA black-ops activities). Basically, he operated as a direct go-between with the CIAOld Boy Network’ and operations they carried out but could never be associated with.

2.f. Col. Thomas Michael ‘Mad Mike’ Hoare; Mike had a checkered role as a Mercenary and commanded both 4 and 5 Commando (later 10 Commando). His most famous mission, fully backed by CIA and mentioned in the Presidential Daily Briefing (PDB), was the Congo Affair (including Operation Dragon Rouge). The PDB, only read by President Lyndon Baines Johnson (LBJ) at the time, mentions his activities in the Congo and his successful suppression of Communist threats. Mike's unit was equipped by and directly supported with CIA supplied materials, water-borne support (provided by U.S. Navy SEAL Lt. James 'Jim' M. Hawes), and land-based support units (such as Rip Robertson and his band of Cuban Exiles). The Congo Operation was a direct response to Che Guevara's attempts to spread Communism to Africa, especially the Congo which is rich in natural resources. Mike resided full-time in the African continent during these operations and called Africa his home.





Table H. – Other CIA Associations Not Clearly Defined:

1.h. Bureau of Narcotics Covert Intelligence Network (BUNCIN) was created under the auspices of the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs (BNDD). BNDD was later renamed the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).

2.h. BUNCIN was activated in December of 1972, just 6 months after the Watergate break-in. The official purpose was to gather long-range strategic intelligence, covertly, and carry out assassination sponsored by CIA under BNDD (later renamed DEA). Many BUNCIN operators were Cuban anti-Castro assets.

3.h. The question: if this timeline is near accurate, how many operations and assassinations were carried out by BUNCIN operators instead of CIA assets? There were a number of groups such as the Mob, CIA, Castro affiliated, with whom BUNCIN was heavily involved during this period. Keep in mind Watergate (06/17/1972) had severely hampered CIA’s ability to carry out its missions because of heavy scrutiny by Congress. CIA covert missions continued but were now under the guise of ‘the war on drugs’ and the DEA.



Table I. Notes:

1.i. David Sanchez Morales; David was born August 26, 1925 and joined the U.S. Army in 1946. He was discharged from the Army in 1953. David joined the CIA in 1951 and used his Army career for a cover. He was closely involved in many of the top CIA operations including the Bay of Pigs Invasion, the hunt and capture of Che Guevara, and the Chilean coup d'etat of 1973.

David suddenly took ill in May 1978 just weeks before he was due to testify before the House Select Committee on Assassinations. He died of a supposed heart-attack on May 8th, 1978. His wife requested that no autopsy be perfomed. Her wishes were respected and his body was left pristine.

David was on a first name basis with the top CIA people listed above. He had served alongside many of them, especially at JM/WAVE in Miami, FL during the late 1950's and 1960's.

David was an aggressive and accomplished CIA agent with a long active history. His missions and life could be the subject of it's own manuscript. He was involved in some manner or another in almost every top CIA operation covered in this timeline.

He is not covered in depth in this series of writings. At some point research must be curtailed in order to focus on the writing of a manuscript. David is mentioned here but as stated before, his life was too large to accurately fit into this manuscript. He does require acknowledgement for his contributions and participations in numerous top super-secret CIA operations world-wide.

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