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Cryptonym: AMBEACH

Definition:
Operation from Miami involving anti-Castro Cubans in December of 1963, in the aftermath of the assassination of President Kennedy.
Status:
Documented
Sources:

104-10077-10290: CABLE: NO IDEN HQS TRACES SUBJS REF

12/4/63 cable DIR 87212 from Director to JMWAVE, slugline TYPIC AMBEACH, ref UFGA 12703: "No idens HQS traces subjs ref."

104-10076-10053: CABLE RE ASSIGNMENTS FOR OPERATIONS AMBEACH AND COBRA

12/05/63: Cable from JMWAVE to Director: Slugline OOLONG ZRPERUSAL PBRUMEN AMBEACH COBRA: "1. FOLL assigned MV/Bee for operations AMBEACH and COBRA 14: A. Signal plans FLOATER/27 (7223) and AJIROP/139. B. Crypto: Base encode K/9575. Decode K/9574. ZIMAHI reporting code 73. C. AMDITTO/9, radop for AMBEACH team, issued BYKUXE sigplan SAGTOP. 2. FOLL assigned MV/Leda for operations AMBEACH and Cobra 14 support: A. Signal planner FLOATER/230 (7224) and AJIROP/140. B. Crypto: Base encode K/9708. Decode K/9707. ZIMAHI reporting code 79..."

104-10076-10086: CABLE RE INFILTREES

12/05/63: Cable WAVE 8561 from JMWAVE to Director: Slugline RYBAT TYPIC YOBITE AMBEACH: "A. AMBEACH. B. Infiltrees: AMDITTO-8, AMDITTO-9. Passenger: AMTRIFLE-1 to act as security officer aboard Leda. Cargo: 1,500 pounds of weapons, ammunition. Cargo including 16 foot Boston whaler with 75 HP outboard motor. C. Parent craft: Leda, 174 foot P.C., green hull, buff superstructure. Intermediate craft: Bee, 34 foot prowler. Dark green hull, light gray superstructure. Green 16 foot Boston whaler with 75 HP outboard motor. D. NA. E. Turtle reef, Key Largo...I. Port Everglades...(after completion additional operations)...K. For KOLA: Bee will be over thirty miles from Cuban coast at 111000Z. Leda will not approach coast closer than Point C. L. Immediately following AMBEACH Leda and Bee will proceed on operations Cobra XIV, Duck and Contact. Details in separate message."

104-10077-10290: CABLE: NO IDEN HQS TRACES SUBJS REF

12/05/63: Cable from Director to JMWAVE (Orig: M. Simmons, Unit: SAS/IOS): Slugline TYPIC AMBEACH: REF UFGA 12703* "No IDEN HQs traces SUBJS ref. SAS/Comment: *Requested traces on 12 proposed contacts for AMBEACH operation."

104-10076-10149: JMWAVE CABLE RE REPORTED ARRIVAL OF METALLURG BAYKOV WITH MILITARY CARGO IN HABANA.

12/07/63: Cable from JMWAVE to Director: Page 2: ..."3. Cobra XIV and AMBEACH agent personnel loaded aboard Leda night 5 Dec. Teams compartmented..."

1993.08.04.17:04:14:210028: DIRECTOR CABLES, DIR 87115 - 87752.

12/07/63: Cable DIR 87655 from Director to JMWAVE, slugline RYBAT TYPIC YOBITE AMBEACH, reference WAVE 8561: "REF OP APPROVED." This was the 12/5/63 maritime operation cited above that WAVE had submitted to HQ for approval. C/SAS/MOB Art Maloney described as authenticating officer. At 104-10324-10000, p. 16, during this 1963 period, Sam Halpern describes Art Maloney as "head of the PM branch."

104-10076-10368: JMWAVE CABLE RE INFORMATION CONCERNING SUPPORT AND INTERMEDIATE CRAFTS AND THEIR MISSIONS Document View

12/11/63 cable WAVE 8919 from JMWAVE to Director, slugline RYBAT TYPIC YOBITE DUCK, ref UFGA-12154 and WAVE-8560 (see 104-10076-10085): This memo is about an AMANCHOR operation. At the end it states "DUCK team will transfer from RIPTIDE to LEDA at Point Z...AMBEACH passenger and COBRA XIV exfiltrees will be transferred to RIPTIDE."

Contributors:
Gavin McDonald • Peter Dale Scott • Bill Simpich

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