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Cryptonym: EMGEM-1

Definition:
Colonel Jacinto Martinez, army colonel in charge of military activities, northern sector of Dominican Republic, including Puerto Plata.
Status:
Documented
Discussion:
EMGEM-1 was probably mentioned in Foreign Relations of the United States documents in relation to the Dominican Republic, in May and November of 1965.
Sources:

104-10180-10074: CABLE RE: PHILIP R. NICOTRA SAW 33 FOOT SPEED LAUNCH "MARLIN" FROM MIAMI AT

08/04/64, Cable from Santo Domingo to Director: Slugline DIR WAVE CITE SDOM 3269 (SHRYOCK ACTING): "1. Philip R. Nicotra saw 33 foot speed launch 'Marlin' from Miami at La Romana, Dominican Republic, on 31 July. It powered by two Chrysler engines, equipped with radar, and loading enough food and gasoline for two to three week trip. Registration number illegible. Crew member said boat recently purchased at Air Force General Luna and it being delivered to him in SDOM, but SDOM only 60 miles from La Romana thus large amounts of food and fuel not needed for trip. Fluvio Mella, Dominican acquaintance of Nicotra, said had seen same boat in Puerto Plata 29 July and that crew members all Cuban. 2. EMGEM-1 (IDEN) asked Stracker 3 August if he aware extent Cuban activities Dominican Republic. Stracker answered that he knew something was up but had not investigated details. EMGEM-1 said Air Force and Navy helping anti-Castro Cubans here and had been given 'green light' to do so. When Stracker asked if green light came from EMOTH-12, EMGEM-1 said EMOTH-12 had been asked to keep his eyes closed to what went on; that green light had come from up north, and Fidel would be in trouble this year because there would be many raids handled in such a manner that no one could prove who generated them. He then spoke knowingly of recent attacks carried out in Cuba and of Manolo Ray's travelling around Caribbean. Thinks Ray may be coming here soon. Agreed to give more details in future reports if Station interested. 3. It apparent that he, at least, believes U.S. has arranged for Dominican military support of Cuban exiles and is planning extensive raiding from Dominican bases this year. 4. Please investigate reported sale of Marlin to Gen. Luna. 5. No index." Page 3: REF: SDOM 3269 (IN 42656). "IDEN: Colonel Jacinto Martinez, army colonel in charge military activioyas northern sector DOMREP including Puerto Plata."

https://history.state.gov/historicaldocuments/frus1964-68v32/d72

05/15/65, Foreign Relations of the United States, 1964-1968, Volume XXXII, Dominican Republic; Cuba; Haiti; Guyana. "72. Draft Memorandum of Meeting (1), San Isidro Air Base, Dominican Republic, May 15, 1965. PARTICIPANTS:...Brig. Gen. Jacinto Martinez Arana (2), Chief of Staff, Dominican Army, GNR....General Martinez Arana responded with the observation that he had nothing personal against Bosch but [less than 1 line of source text not declassified]. Guzman, in his opinion, was an honorable man and might be acceptable if he were not under the influence of Bosch. Mr. Mann observed that the United States would have considerable influence with the new government and, again, that elections would be coming, with Boschʼs chances to win distinctly poor. It was important to separate Bosch from the Communists...(1) Source: National Archives and Records Administration, RG 59, ARA/DR Files: Lot 70 D 442, POL 15–1 Head of Government. Secret. No drafting information appears on the memorandum. The exact time of this meeting has not been determined; however, during a brief telephone conversation between Bromley Smith and President Johnson at 11:25 a.m., May 15, the former told the President that Mann and Vaughn were expected to arrive at the San Isidro Air Base at approximately noon. (Johnson Library, Recordings and Transcripts, Recording of telephone conversation between President Johnson and Bromley Smith, Tape F65.26, Side B, PNO 2). (2) General Martinez Arana arrived after the meeting had been underway for approximately thirty minutes. He came from the northern zone of the city where he had been leading troops in the assault on rebel positions along Maximo Gomez Avenue. Martinez reported the going to be tough and progress slow, in part, he asserted, because cooperating units of the National Police were proving [less than 1 line of source text not declassified]. [Footnote in the source text]."

https://history.state.gov/historicaldocuments/frus1964-68v32/d140

11/03/65, Foreign Relations of the United States, 1964-1968, Volume XXXII, Dominican Republic; Cuba; Haiti; Guyana. "140. Memorandum for the Record (1), Washington, November 3, 1965, 9:30 a.m....1. Ambassador Bunker reviewed the situation in Santo Domingo during the period from the night of 22 October to the present. His review covered the activities of Garcia-Godoy, the OAS Committee and the military which had been reported in detail by Embassy and Agency reporting. Items of interest that had not come out clearly in the previous reporting were as follows: a. Ambassador Bunker is of the opinion that the military (CEFA, the Air Force and specifically the Chief of Staff, General Jacinto Martinez Arana) had a connection with the clandestine radio that attacked Garcia Godoy on the night of 22 October. b. Garcia-Godoy had requested the use of the IAPF to support him against the military chiefs and Ambassador Bunker had refused. c. Commodore Emilio Jimenez exhibits the most sense of all military chiefs and was mainly responsible for keeping the military chiefs within bounds. d. Garcia-Godoy especially distrusts the Chief of Staff, Arana as he claims Arana has lied to him on more than one occasion.....(1) Source: Central Intelligence Agency, DDO Files, Job 78–3805, Box 1, Folder 29, Dominican Republic. Secret. Drafted by Broe on November 8."

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