U.S. Intelligence Officers


Placing intelligence officers into nice, neat categories with clear organizational boundaries is sometimes difficult and can be misleading. The affiliations of men like Sam Kail, David Morales and Hal Feeney are clear cut and easily provable. But other players have more tenuous, murky ties to various agencies and are not as easily defined. Some may have worked for different agencies at different times or perhaps worked for one agency while being assigned to another for a specific period or project. There are many possibilities and some of the organizational references below are fluid and speculative. Five examples follow.

There was a man deeply involved in the assassination calling himself Colonel William Bishop and claiming to be U.S. Army intelligence. He was well known to David Morales, Felipe Vidal Santiago and Roy Hargraves. But searches of official records have so far turned up very little on Bishop and photographs of him are hard to come by. Was he really a colonel in Army Intelligence? Was William C Bishop his real name or a pseudonym? Was this the same man interviewed by author Dick Russell decades later?

John Adrian O’Hare was officially a member of the United States Air Force. For several years he was assigned to a U.S. Army special forces unit in Tampa, Florida. But according to some who knew him well, he was working for CIA.

Ed Arthur has a long and distinguished history of service to the U.S. Army. In the early 1960’s, he traveled to south Florida, ostensibly of his own accord as an “adventurer”, to join the fight against Fidel Castro. He became involved with Jerry Buchanan and Commandos L, which was led by Tony Cuesta and Ramon Font and counted Herminio Diaz Garcia among its members. Though no official record of Ed working for CIA has been located, more than one person who would have been in a position to know believes that to be the case. Was he an Agency employee? An asset of some kind? Was he fully aware for whom he was working?

Ed Lansdale was a U.S. Army intelligence officer in 1945 and was transferred to the Air Force in 1947, rising to the rank of Major General. He was assigned to CIA’s Operation Mongoose in the early 1960’s and officially retired from the Air Force three weeks before the assassination, on November 1, 1963.

Gordon McLendon was closely associated with Jack Ruby and CIA’s David Phillips. He even helped Phillips create the Association of Former Intelligence Officers in 1975. But he had not officially worked as a Naval intelligence officer since the 1940’s.

The categorizations below are the author’s attempt to identify for which agency the person was primarily working in late 1963.


Army Intelligence
Bishop, William C
Crichton, Jack Alston
Hurt, John David
Jones, Robert E
Kail Jr, Samuel Goodhue
Lumpkin, George Laster

O’Hare, John Adrian
Powell, James W
Whitmeyer, George
Wilmeth, James Dudley “J.D.”

Central Intelligence Agency
Arthur, Edward Ivan
Conein, Lucien Emile
Galbraith, Willard
Harper, John H
Harvey, William King
Hidalgo Jr, Balmes Nieves “Barney”
Hunt Jr, Everette Howard
Jenkins, Carl Elmer
Lansdale, Edward Geary
Lynch, Grayston Leroy
Morales, David Sanchez
Nagell, Richard Case
Phillips, David Atlee
Poshepny, Anthony Alexander “Tony Po”
Robertson Jr, William Alexander “Rip”
Sforza, Anthony Joseph

Office of Naval Intelligence
Feeney Sr, Harold “Hal”
McLendon, Gordon Barton
Modesett Jr, John H “Jack”
Sooy, David Aubrey

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