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Pseudonym: Bertelli, Charles

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Definition:
Charles Angelo Bertelli and Andrew Robert Menicucci were Technical Services Division (TSD) alias birth certificates for Casimiro Barquin.
Category:
alias
Status:
Documented
Discussion:
A memo from Erich W. Isenstead on November 2, 1973, on Howard Hunt, contained a numbered list of true names, along with a corresponding TSD alias birth certificate list. Most of the alias birth certificates were issued in connection with the Bay of Pigs operation. Casimiro Barquin was number 18 and number 107, and his aliases were Charles Angelo Bertelli (number 18), and Andrew Robert Menicucci (number 107).

Casimiro Barquin was among those recommended for a medal in a memo in September of 1956. Also listed were Tracy Barnes, Nestor Sanchez, Henry Hecksher, Enno Hobbing, David Phillips and Charles W. Yaciw (probably for their roles in PBSUCCESS).

According to the Official History of the Bay of Pigs Operation, Volume I: Air Operations, March 1960 - April 1961, Casimiro Barquin was in charge of a deception operation for DPD.

An obituary on September 18, 2014, for Casimiro Barquin ("Che Che"), stated that he died on September 16, 2014, aged 94. It noted that "he proudly served in the U.S. Navy as a blimp pilot in WWII...he worked in covert operations for the CIA for 22 years in places such as the Belgian Congo, Thailand, the Bay of Pigs and Ecuador among others. In 1956, he received the Intelligence Star for Valor. In 1972, he received the Intelligence Medal of Merit."
Sources:

104-10128-10363: HONOR AWARDS RECOMMENDATIONS.

09/25/56: Memo from William N. Wood, HAB, Acting Security Advisor to Chairman, Honors Award Board: Page 3: ..."(6) Sixth Presentation: Casimiro Barquin, (REDACTION). Recommendation contained in paragraph 1a above..."

Official History of the Bay of Pigs Operation, Volume II: Participation in the Conduct of Foreign Policy: Current Section: Part I: Guatemala

..."45a. Taylor Committee Report: MR's of PM Study Group Meetings, 7th Mtg, 1 May 61, p. 3. MR from Casimiro Barquin, 14 Nov 60, sub: Support of JMADD (note: Retalhuleu Air Base), JMTRAV (note: An infantry training base for the Bay of Pigs invasion. On a plot of land ten miles away from Finca Helvetia, a Guatemalan coffee plantation near Retalhuleu), and Other Elements in Guatemala. (JMC-0131)..."

Official History of the Bay of Pigs Operation, Volume I: Air Operations, March 1960 - April 1961: Current Section: A. D minus 2 (15 April 1961)

..."In charge of this deception operation for DPD, was Casimiro Barquin, who apparently huddled with the chosen pilot, Mario Zuniga, in isolation from the eight crews who were being briefed for the airfield missions. According to at least one report, Barquin was in charge of makeup and disguise for Zuniga, in case he should be inadvertently photographed while down in Miami. The aircraft itself, in addition to being painted to resemble the FAR B-26's, was to be given a weather-beaten look, by rubbing the markings with dirt, holes were to be punched in it, to simulate bullet holes, and phony maintenance logs and litter similar to that traditionally found on Cuban military aircraft were to be included in the B-26 that Zuniga flew into Miami International. According to the Eddy Ferrer, the cowlings were taken off the engines of the B-26 and shot full of holes. They were then then replaced over the engines. When Zuniga went into Miami, these at least would appear realistic. 33/ On a course that would take him over a less dangerous part of Cuba enroute to Miami, Zuniga was also to fire the eight .50 calibers that were mounted on the B-26. One unconfirmed story indicates that he may have failed to do this, and when the plane was spotted by reporters in Miami International, the muzzle covers were still on the guns*...*The author has not been able to establish the validity of this story. It seems inconceivable, however, with the attention being given to the aircraft that such a stupid mistake could have occurred. Phillips, The Night Watch (p. 106), also repeats this story."

https://documents3.theblackvault.com/documents/jfkfiles/jfk2022/104-10105-10290%5bc06932214%5d.pdf

11/02/73: Memo from Erich W. Isenstead, Chief, Cover & Commercial Staff to Acting General Counsel: Subject: Mr. E. Howard Hunt - Alias Birth Documentation: ..."3. Later in the afternoon of 30 October 1973 Mr. Franklin came to my office with a number of documents. They consisted of a form memorandum signed by me which was addressed to Mr. Hunt dated 29 June 1970 (Tab B), a list of names numbering from 1 through 154, representing true names (Tab C), and a second listing similarly numbered, representing aliases (Tab D). Number 63 on the true name list reads E. Howard Hunt and on the alias list, Edward Joseph Hamilton. Mr. Franklin explained - which I had forgotten - that we had obtained from TSD this list of outstanding alias birth certificates issued by TSD in an attempt to recall - if possible - as many of these documents, or to determine what had happened to them. (Most of these alias birth certificates were issued in connection with the Bay of Pigs operation)..."

Partial of 104-10105-10290:

Pages 1-2: "TRUE NAME...18. BARQUIN, Casimiro...107. BARQUIN, Casimiro..." - - - Pages 3-4: "ALIAS...18. BERTELLI, Charles Angelo...107. MENICUCCI, Andrew Robert..."

https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/tampabaytimes/name/casimiro-barquin-obituary?id=11539731

09/18/2014: Obituary on legacy.com website (published on TBO.com website): Titled: "CASIMIRO BARQUIN OBITUARY: BARQUIN, Casimiro, 'Che Che', 94, of Tampa, passed away on Tuesday, September 16, 2014. Born in Barre, Vermont, he was predeceased by his parents, two brothers, and one sister, Josephine. He graduated from Spaulding High School in Barre and attended Tilton Prep School in New Hampshire. He proudly served in the U.S. Navy as a blimp pilot in WWII. After the war, he graduated from Middlebury College, where he was the athlete of the year in 1947 and 1948. He worked in covert operations for the CIA for 22 years in places such as the Belgian Congo, Thailand, the Bay of Pigs and Ecuador among others. In 1956, he received the Intelligence Star for Valor. In 1972, he received the Intelligence Medal of Merit. He also worked as a high school chemistry teacher, a high school athletic director at Bishop Ireton High School in Alexandria, VA, and as a student placement officer at Embry Riddle University in Daytona Beach. He was a Lifetime Member of the VFW, as well as a lifetime fan of the Boston Red Sox and the Washington Redskins. He is survived by his wife of over 61 years, Evangeline 'Babe', Tampa; son, Chris (Cindy), Temple Terrace; daughter, Cyd (Steve), Coral Springs; grandsons Jason (Leslie), Raleigh, and Jonathan (Beth), Charlotte; granddaughter, Hillary (David), Charleston; as well as 3 great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday September 20, 2014 at Christ Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Temple Terrace. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Christ Our Redeemer Lutheran Church."

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/136499403/casimiro-barquin

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