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Cryptonym: AMDENIM-3

Definition:
George Michael Kappes - also known as Mickey Kappes, engineer and operations officer 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:
Probable
Discussion:
George Michael Kappes was listed third 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..." Furthermore, a cable on November 22, 1963, stated that February 3, 1964, was an acceptable date for the training of AMDENIM-3 in New York City. Kappes was from New York, and probably graduated from the Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York. Moreover, a cable in late December 1960, stated that Kappes was born (REDACTION) at Bronx, New York, 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:

180-10141-10250: REVIEW OF MANUEL RAY Y RIVERO FILES, VOLUMES I - VIII

Undated HSCA document by Betsy Palmer: Page 8: ..."2. Cable to Director: 19 September 1960: Increasing suspicion Raul Chibas a Castro plant. Since exfiltration by Kappes, Chibas has laid low but back in picture as representative of Ray. Common knowledge that Chibas brought Kappes out of Cuba, but should be noted that Kappes has since been in and out of Cuba three times with no apparent difficulties. Chibas's source of information: Mason in U.S. Government. Manuel de Jesus (REDACTION) as FRD representatives. Nino Diaz as Alianza representative. Don Hogan Kappes as Alberto Fernandez representative. This should get a good picture of the U.S. anti-Castro activities..."

http://www.latinamericanstudies.org/belligerence/Cosculluela.pdf

My Memoirs by Captain Juan L. Cosculluela Iduate: Page 185: "SERVICE RECORD OF THE BLACK CAT: Previous to the Bay of Pigs the CAT was tested on a successful operation to exfiltrate two high ranking members of the Castro Government (Raul Chibas and his wife) and the crew who operate the boat were all Americans ex-UDT personnel since the company at that time do not trust the Cubans for such type of mission due the difference political criteria among the Cubans (Batistiano & ex Fidelistas)..."

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..."

104-10075-10174: JMWAVE CABLE RE ACCEPTABLE TRAINING

11/22/63: Cable from JMWAVE to Director: Slugline TYPIC KUROAR: REF DIR 84141: "Date 3 Feb acceptable for training of AMDENIM-3 in New York City."

104-10312-10362: LIST OF NAMES: WILLIAM (RIP) RUTHERFORD

Undated CIA document: ..."Michael (Mickey) Kelly: Graduated from Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point. Four years experience as maritime engineer on merchant ships. Two years U.S. Navy, UDT (diving, 'frogman'. Two and a half years in Cuba. Background in diving, treasure hunting. Diesel engineer. (Daniels Towing)."

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