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Pseudonym: Bruton, William

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Definition:
William Emmett Bruton was the Technical Services Division (TSD) alias birth certificate for William Blair.
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. William Blair was number 28 and his alias of William Emmett Bruton was number 28.

A cable in November of 1960 stated that "re para 6 ref. Mr. William Blair ETA MASH (note: Forward operating base - CIA, Miami, original name for JMWAVE) on or about 14 Nov. Serve as training officer." In addition, William Blair, as WH/4/PM, originated a cable from JMBELL in June, 1961, on ODOATH (U.S. Navy) information that Manuel Guillot was in Guantanamo Naval Base.

Other members of WH/4/PM included Michael F. Taylor (see 104-10165-10109, 104-10177-10195, 104-10177-10199, 104-10175-10081 - memo by Taylor, 104-10193-10029 - memo by Robert Moore, Chief, WH/4/PM, mentioned Taylor). Also T. Warner (see 104-10193-10046 - December 2022 release, page 3, 104-10193-10048, 104-10167-10259); James L. Riley (see 104-10193-10128, 104-10193-10129); Anthony Sileo (see 104-10193-10145); Walter Kuzmuk (see 104-10193-10097) and Tom Clines (see 104-10171-10159, 104-10274-10186).
Sources:

104-10172-10074: CABLE, APPROVE RENDEZVOUS PHASE AND EXPENDITURE FUNDS NECESSARY MOUNT.

11/03/60: Cable from Director to MASH (Orig: J. M. Johnson, WH/4/PM): JMNET: REF MASH 1313 (IN 35397): "1. Approve rendezvous phase and expenditure funds necessary mount. Subsistence families para 4 ref be decided after successful completion rendezvous phase and firm plans made for infiltration. Must have PRQ Part I all personnel para 4 ref. 2. Do not assign AMRASP (FRD - Democratic Revolutionary Front) naval operator 8045 this op. If unable recruit locally HQs will furnish. Advise. 3. No derog Crespi HQs files. Traces individuals para 4 in progress. 4. Confirm if Alberto Fernandez para 1 ref identical Alberto Fernandez Hechavarria. 5. Re para 6 ref. Mr. William Blair ETA MASH (Forward operating base - CIA, Miami, original name for JMWAVE) on or about 14 Nov. Serve as training officer. WH Comment: MASH proposes make use Alberto Fernandez and Antonio Crespi to mount infiltration operation into Oriente Province." Releasing Officer: Z for J. D. Esterline, C/WH/4. Coordinating Officers: C/WH/4/CI: Clark Simmons. C/WH/4/PA. Authenticating Officer: (Signature) J. Hawkins, C/WH/4/PM.

104-10193-10077: CIA OP FILES ON (STAFF EMPLOYEE)

01/11/61: Memo from Chief, WHD to Director of Personnel: Subject: Additional Compensation in Lieu of Overtime Payment: William E. Blair's name was twelfth from the top of the list. His Employee Serial Number was 56218, his title was Instructor (OPS) and his salary was $8,955. Other names on the list included Jacob Esterline, Robert Whedbee, Jesse Douglas, David Phillips, Walter Kuzmuk, John Peters, Calvin Hicks, James Riley, Anthony Sileo, Robert Reynolds (Al Cox), Cecil Cartwright, William Kent and David Morales.

104-10193-10131: DISPATCH: AMOT--83 REPORTED THAT HE TALKED WITH SUBJECT WHO ARRIVED IN MIAMI FROM CUBA.

05/16/61: Cable from BELL to JMWAVE (Orig: W. Blair, WH/4/PM): BELL 0595: Slugline JMZIP BOOM: "Approved provided no U.S. personnel involved. WH Comment: *Requested approval to mount small boat OP BOOM to exfiltrate internal coordinator of MRR." Releasing Officer: B. Reichhardt for E. A. Stanulis, AC/WH/4. Authenticating Officer: Moon for J. Hawkins, C/WH/4/PM.

104-10192-10201: CABLE RE: 1. REF APPROVED.

06/10/61: Cable with BELL to JMWAVE (Orig: W. Blair, WH/4/PM): JMZIP: REF: WAVE-6648 (IN-2997): "1. Ref approved. 2. What type support is requested by MDC? WH Comment: Rqst mount Opn Davit." R. E. Whicker (?) for R. K. Davis, C/WH/4. Authenticating Officer: (Unintelligible) by phone R. B. Moore, C/WH/4/PM.

104-10181-10024: CABLE-HQS FOR ODOATH INFO DATED 19 JUNE THAT MANUEL GUILLOT IS IN NAVAL BASE OITMO

06/20/61: Cable from BELL to JMWAVE (Orig: W. Blair, WH/4/PM): JMZIP: REF: WAVE 6779 (IN 3372): "1. HQs has ODOATH (U.S. Navy) info dated 19 June that Manuel Guillot is in naval base Gitmo. Manuel Salvat Roque is reported in Santiago de Cuba by ODOATH and NOTLOX MSG 2 RIMM 6004 (IN 3342). 2. PLS send details on who how and where you received your info. Also details on two other persons to be exfil. WH Comment: Operation GORDO postponed per ref." Releasing Officer: R. K. Davis, C/WH/4. Coordinating Officer: for C/WH/4/CI: G. Rothwell. Authenticating Officer: R. B. Moore, C/WH/4/PM.

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:

"TRUE NAME...28. BLAIR, William..." - - - Page 3: "ALIAS...28. BRUTON, William Emmett..."

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