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Cryptonym: AMDENIM-2

Definition:
Possibly Robert Clark Stevens, captain of the Tejana. A cable in February, 1961, requested crypts for the individuals who maintained the Tejana. The ones listed first, fourth, eleventh and fourteenth became those AMDENIMS.
Status:
Speculative
Discussion:
Robert C. Stevens was listed second in the cable mentioned above. A cable in March, 1961, stated that AMDENIM-1, 2 and 3, were no longer part of the Tejana crew (at the request of AMDENIM-1). The cable also mentioned that it was planned to "utilize AMDENIM-2 and 3 for harassment operations using (the) Tejana as (the) mother ship." In addition, a dispatch in March of 1963 mentioned that Don Hogan (probably George Michael Kappes - also known as Mickey Kappes) had visited JMWAVE and made inquiries with AMDENIM-2 on the activities of AMDENIM-1 (Alberto Fernandez Hechevarria). The dispatch reported: "Don Hogan turned up like a bad penny during the period..." A cable in late December 1960, stated that Stevens was born (REDACTION) in Durant, Mississippi, and was at that time working on the JMWAVE boat "Seagull." The cable also mentioned that Stevens and Kappes would be utilized on AMDENIM-1's new boat, once a competent crew had been found for the "Seagull."
Sources:

104-10172-10069: CABLE REQUEST AUTHORITY, UTILIZE AS CAPTAIN AND ENGINEER ON WAVE BOAT SEAGULL UNTIL ADDITIONAL CREW CAN BE HIRED.

12/30/60: Cable from JMWAVE to BELL: REF BELL 0077 (IN 5233)* "1. Per ref, request authority, utilize Robert Clark Stevens Jr. born (REDACTION) at Durant Miss and George Michael Kappes born (REDACTION) at Bronx, New York as captain and engineer on WAVE boat 'Seagull' until such time additional crew can be hired. Stevens and Kappes will be utilized on Alberto Fernandez Hechevarria new boat after competent crew for 'Seagull' located. Both men have crewed Fernandez boats during past few months and considered highly competent. 2. Kappes already has POA. Request POA Stevens ASAP. Plan contract each for approx $700.00 per month straight salary. C/S Comment: *HQs concurred to the use of Cubans as crew members on WAVE boat ops, but desire at least captain and one mate be PBPRIME (U.S.) contract for control and competence."

104-10172-10068: CABLE ALBERTO FERNANDEZ ECHEVARRIA 110 FOOT BOAT TEJANA DUE ARRIVE KEY WEST 11 FEBRUARY.

02/08/61: Cable from JMWAVE to BELL: Slugline JMZIP JEAN: REF WAVE 2915 (IN 1752)* "1. Alberto Fernandez Hechevarria's 110 foot boat Tejana due arrive Key West 11 February. WAVE planning rerun OPN JEAN night 15 Feb. Fernandez plans exfil Miguel Cervera and F. Fleites of MDC as part of this OPN since MDC inside Cuba wishes designate one of them over all head of MDC replacing AMPALM-5. Also plans exfil Humberto Sori Marin unless instructed differently. Request comment and authority exfil listed subjects. 2. WAVE plans use Stevens and Kappes and fill out crew with local Cubans. Request authority pay crew direct and expend funds for maintenance/operational use Tejana. Crew list will be forwarded in a separate cable. CS Comment: *Requested approval run OP JEAN."

104-10218-10144: CABLE: REQUEST CRYPTS BE ASSIGNED FOLLOWING INDIVIDUALS WHO NOW CREW AND MAINTAIN THE TEJANA

02/22/61: Cable from JMWAVE to BELL: Slugline JMZIP TEJANA: "1. Request crypts be assigned FOLL individuals who now crew and maintain the Tejana: A. Alberto Fernandez Hechevarria (Note: Became AMDENIM-1), owner. Will go on first few operations. B. Robert C. Stevens Jr., Captain. C. George Michael Kappes, engineer and operations officer. D. Lawrence J. Laborde (Note: Became AMDENIM-4) 27 Aug 09 New Orleans, Port Captain. Has been with Tejana for eight years and invaluable its upkeep. E. Naval Candidate 8501, senior Cuban officer aboard. F. Naval Candidate 8071, deck officer. G. Naval Candidate 8146, deck officer. H. Naval Candidate 8190, engine room assistant. Gunner. I. Eduardo Antonio Baez Ayala, 6 Aug 20, Havana, Cuba. Will be trained as gunner. J. Pedro Ernesto Diaz, 7 Nov 31, Santa Llora, diesel engineer. K. Eduardo Perez Gonzalez (Note: Became AMDENIM-11), 18 March 27 Santiago de Cuba. Ordinance man. Responsible for armament of boat. L. Rafael Casals y Fernandez de Cueto, 6 Oct 06, Cienfuegos, Cuba. Cook. M. Joaquin Powell Rubio, 7 Dec 24, Sancti Spiritus. Small boat operator (catamaran and/or raft from Tejana to shore) and gunner. N. Antonio Cuesta Valle (Note: Became AMDENIM-14), 13 June 26, at Santiago de Cuba. (Same duties as M above). 2. Request POA's SUBJ I thru N. Local ODENVY (FBI) checks negating..."

104-10172-10444: CABLE: AT REQUEST AMDENIM-1, AMDENIM-2 AND AMDENIM-3

03/22/61: Cable from JMWAVE to BELL: Slugline JMZIP TEJANA: "1. At request AMDENIM-1, AMDENIM-2 and AMDENIM-3 are no longer part of Tejana crew. Presently plan utilize A-2 and A-3 for harassment operations using Tejana as mother ship. Separate cable will follow. 2. AMDENIM-10 no longer part of crew. 3. Recent crypts be assigned FOLL additional Tejana crew members: A). Naval Candidate 8032 - radio operator. B) Naval Candidate 8116 - doctor. C) Naval Candidate 8530 - boatswain. D) Naval Candidate 8074 - sailor. E) Naval Candidate 8233 - sailor. F) Naval Candidate 8503 - engineer. G) Naval Candidate 8242 - engineer assistant."

104-10172-10127: DISPATCH: AMDENIM-1 PROGRESS REPORT 28 FEBRUARY 1963

03/15/63: Dispatch from COS, JMWAVE to Chief, Special Affairs Staff: Page 3: ..."7. Miscellaneous items re Subject include the following. Don Hogan turned up like a bad penny during the period and made a few inquiries from people like AMDENIM-2 as to what Subject was doing. No significance other than that of 'fishing expedition' which failed to turn up anything could be attributed to this visit..."

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