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Cryptonym: MEGANO

Definition:
MEGANO was a series of JMWAVE infiltration operations that took place, or were planned to take place, before the Bay of Pigs invasion in April, 1961.
Status:
Documented
Discussion:
A cable on March 3, 1961, from JMWAVE to BELL requested approval to run Operation MEGANO. It was a AMYUM (MRR - Revolutionary Recovery Movement) operation, using the Tejana vessel, which was owned by AMDENIM-1 (Alberto Fernandez Hechevarria). The three man action team was composed of trainee number 2629, using the alias Javier Sanchez Rodriguez; trainee number 2625, using the alias Rafael Alvarez Hernandez and trainee number 2874, using the alias Lorenzo Ruiz Bernet. In addition, a cable on March 29, 1961, with the slug MEGANO, mentioned that Felix Rodriguez was exfiltrated via Operation SANDRA III and would be infiltrated with cargo (which included a substantial amount of weaponry). Moreover, a cable on March 31, 1961, with the slug MEGANO, stated that Felix Rodriguez was infiltrated with 25 pistols and small portion incendiary devices. However, the JMWAVE Chief of Station (COS) Comment again requested approval to run Operation MEGANO. Therefore, it appears to be unclear if Rodriguez was part of Operation MEGANO or not. A cable on April 6, 1961, once again requested approval for Operation MEGANO. Furthermore, a cable on April 18, 1961, mentioned a radio operator from the AMHAZE team, with a POA, had been used on Operation MEGANO.
Sources:

104-10172-10063: REQUEST APPROVAL RUN OPERATION MEGANO PER FORMAT WAVE 2174.

03/03/61: Cable from WAVE to BELL: Slugline JMZIP MEGANO: "Request approval run Operation MEGANO per format WAVE 2174...A. AMYUMS (MRR - Revolutionary Recovery Movement). B. Tejana, 110-foot converted subchaser, blue...radar, ship to shore radio. C. 30-foot fishing boat. No name...H. Three man action team as follows: 2629 (REDACTION) alias Javier Sanchez Rodriguez; 2625 (REDACTION) alias Rafael Alvarez Hernandez; 2874 (REDACTION) alias Lorenzo Ruiz Bernet."

104-10172-10060: REQUEST APPROVAL RUN OPN JEAN 11 PER FORMAT WAVE

03/09/61: Cable from WAVE to BELL: Slugline JMZIP JEAN II: "1. Request approval run OPN JEAN II per format WAVE 2174: A. MDC and Colonas. B. Tejana, 110-foot converted subchaser. C. Beach landing...H. (REDACTION) and 3-man team to join Camaguey team. 100-man pack (equip previously issued for OPN MEGANO)...2. (REDACTION) plans return Cuba for only few days. Then will return WAVE for further discussions."

104-10172-10441: CABLE: TEJANA DEPARTED KEY WEST 290104Z

03/29/61: Cable from JMWAVE to BELL: Slugline JMZIP MEGANO: REF WAVE 4911 (IN 0160)* "1. Tejana departed Key West...Felix Rodriguez exfiltrated via OPN SANDRA III will infil with cargo. 2. Cargo consisted of following: 300 M-1 rifles, 100 carbines, 100 pistols, 4 recoilless rifles, 5 EAR's, 5 LMG cal 30 and 5 mortars 60 mm all with basic load ammo; 200 pounds demolitions and equipment: 400 fragmentation grenades, 100 incendiary grenades, 6 medical kits, 10 cases cod fish and 200 pounds rice plus remainder cargo not infiltrated on OPN JEAN III (approx 3 tons)...However Tejana did not depart on schedule and may not arrive at (unintelligible) in time. If not, will proceed to MEGANO rendezvous point without delay. C/S Comment: *Altman and Reelfoot request NOTLOX be queried 'which military post or commanders could be defected either for money or otherwise.'"

104-10172-10438: CABLE: TEJANA RETURNED KEY WEST

03/31/61: Cable from JMWAVE to BELL: Slugline JMZIP MEGANO: "1. Tejana returned Key West...AMDENIM-1 reported that a small boat met Tejana instead of large one as planned. Took only small portion cargo due large number fishing craft in area of operation during holiday. Reception committee requested Tejana return after 3 April with up to 15 tons cargo. A-1 reported rendezvous point ideal. 2. Felix Rodriguez infiltrated with 25 pistol and small portion incendiary devices. *C/S Comment: Requested approval to run Operation MEGANO." To see a more redacted version in a chrono file, see HSCA Segregated CIA Collection, Reel 8, Folder H, page 67.

104-10218-10142: CABLE-AMDENIM/4 CONFRONTED C/O DAY TEJANA DEPARTED KEY WEST TO RUN OPN MEGANO SAYING HE HAD CONSIDERABLE FINANCIAL PROBLEMS

03/31/61: Cable from JMWAVE to BELL: Slugline JMZIP AMDENIM: REF WAVE 2245 (IN 17158): "1. AMDENIM/4 confronted C/O day Tejana departed Key West to rerun OPN MEGANO saying he had considerable financial problems and asked if his allowance could be increased. Stated he had discussed finances with crew Barbara J and amazed salaries being paid. Wondered if people sponsoring Barbara J could funnel some of the excess his way. 2. AMDENIM/4 has mastered Tejana for past eight years hence most valuable keep ship operational. Certain he will continue working for present amount however request authority increase allowance to $760 per month and provide him bonus for each successful OPN same scale as crew members Wasp."

104-10172-10437: CABLE: REQUEST AUTHORITY RUN OPERATIONS JEAN IV AND BINGO

04/02/61: Cable from JMWAVE to BELL: Slugline JMZIP/JEAN IV/BINGO: "1. Request authority run Operations JEAN IV and BINGO per format WAVE 2174 (IN 15542): A. Unidad Revolucionario and MDC. B. Tejana, a 110 foot subchaser. C. JEAN IV - beach landing. BINGO - INRA sand barge...E...BINGO - N2130 W7637 which is 7 miles north Puerto Padre...M. Cargo listed para two ref plus 30,000 rounds M-1 rifle ammo...3. Tentatively plan new OPN MEGANO II night 7 April as requested via NOTLOX. Plan obtain large fishing boat to transport ten to twenty tons cargo to N2250 W7810 which is north of Cayo Guincho where it will rendezvous with Tejana afternoon of 7 April. Tejana will escort the fishing boat to N2233 W7813 for MEGANO II rendezvous with a large INRA coal barge. Will advise. CS Comment: *Listed cargo Tejana carrying."

104-10172-10436: CABLE: OPN JEAN IV DELAYED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

04/04/61: Cable from JMWAVE to BELL: Slugline JMZIP BINGO: Page 2: ..."L. Moored north of Guinchos Cay awaiting rendezvous with boat Mary F. QCO - rendezvous made. Proceed to OPN MEGANO rendezvous. QVV-2 Rendezvous OPN MEGANO..."

104-10172-10434: CABLE: MARY F DUE DEPART MIAMI 060130Z. DELAY DUE ENGIN

04/06/61: Cable from JMWAVE to JMBELL: Slugline JMZIP MEGANO II: REF WAVE 5229 (IN 1650)* "1. Mary F due depart Miami...Delay due engine trouble. Will arrive rendezvous with Tejana too late run OPN night 6 April. Tejana and reception party being advised run night 7 April. 2. Following check points will be reported...D. N2248 W7805 (moored just north Cayo Guinchos where will rendezvous with Tejana). Rendezvous OPN MEGANO...CS Comment: *Requested approval run OPN MEGANO."

104-10172-10055: CABLE SUBJECT HQS CONCURRENCE JMWAVE PLANS JOIN WAVE

04/18/61: Cable from JMWAVE to BELL: Slugline JMZIP AMHAZE BINGO COMMO: "1. Subject HQs concurrence JMWAVE plans join WAVE procured radop (REDACTION) to AMHAZE team to be infiltrated via OPN BINGO. (REDACTION) has POA and formerly utilized as boat radop on OPN MEGANO. 2. BINGO planned infil Puerto Padre to filter over Holguin for Oriente operations. Tejana is only WAVE vessel capable TEABAG OPN."

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