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Captain Milton Paul Hubbard.

John Newman, Into the Storm (2018), p. 307

10/31/62: "The Army ACSI and other military components in the Pentagon were keen to obtain and exploit as much intelligence as possible from (Antonio) Veciana's raids against Cuban and Soviet shipping. Moreover, they wanted to do that as fast as possible. That had to happen before the final negotiations over the Cuban Missile Crisis could preclude the successful acquisition of that intelligence. That concern infused a high degree of urgency into communication between the Pentagon and Puerto Rico and into Army-Veciana activities on the ground in Puerto Rico...Roberts (the pseudonym for San Juan Commander Grover C. King)...(and DUP 737)...departed for lunch in Captain Milford P. Hubbard's vehicle at 12:30 pm. This was the only man that Veciana ever mentioned in connection with his association with the Army. In Army documents, Hubbard is often referred to by the pseudonym "Patrick Harris". Hubbard told DUP 737 that it was extremely important to contact Alpha-66 about the frogmen who took part in the La Isabella raid...After introductions and small talk, Veciana gave Hubbard (Harris) and King (Roberts)...rifles and ammunition allegedly taken from the Russians at La Isabella.

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Veciana notes: "11/1/62 Veciana contacted initially to contact two frogmen involved in attack on Russian target. Meeting arranged. Capt. Hubbard and Col. King in meeting. (Note: J.C. King, CIA?) Discovered V. working w/SFNE, thought given to consideration of utilization of V. for intelligence purposes as Menoyo has ISR (Interagency Source Register) from 1961 and known to have contacts in Cuba REDACTED V. gave Army two rifles, ammo taken from Russians. Operation discussed but stymied by lack of clear policy on actions against. Matter brought to higher levels e.g. General Lansdale. REDACTION ...Persons involved in discussions - Col. (John E.) Boyt), Col. (Richard Rolfe), Cols. Albro and (Jeff) Boucher, Col. DePuy of Special Warfare and Generals Lansdale and Leonard. Meeting 1/22 and 23 indicates poss. of exploiting (Alpha-66) if they can successfully run raids into Cuba and infiltrate island...Pat Harris (Capt. Hubbard) contacted Nazairo, Banos, V. 3/31/63 - Menoyo (DUP 749) told not to come to Miami. Milford P. Hubbard, Capt. A-1S: V. told AUTOBOAT can't help him gain permission to enter (Puerto Rico) at this time. Not able to send rations to Menoyo camp yet. Requested assistance in prep. of statement re: JFK crackdown on raids. Expressed feelings of good fortune they had found agency they could trust."

198-10004-10020: No Title

11/21/62 memo from Col. James Patchell to General Edward Lansdale: "My proposed solution is to suggest the creation of a small highly skilled, dedicated and hand-picked group of US individuals - sever them from present duties and associations over a period from about 30 to 90 days and then have them go into action as pure US citizens without any known sponsorship (governmental or private)...the mission of this operation would be a simple one, "To bring that son-of-a-bitch and the regime down quickly without implicating the US." Marginalia (from "DL" in 1998!? - an ARRB person?) adds: "Now here's a guy who's been eating his wheaties." Even after General Lemnitzer lost his job as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Joint Chiefs of Staff still planned false-flag pretext operations at least into 1963, under the watch of General Maxwell Taylor.

157-10014-10084: [No Title]

1962-1963Deposition of Milford Paul Hubbard: His address was Rural Route 1, Liberty, Indiana (47353), he was a Lieutenant Colonel with military intelligence, served 22 years, retired in 1973, connected with operations directed at Cuba. "This is fairly approximate. August of 1962 to December of 1963, I was a member of the Puerto Rico station, a subordinate element of Detachment A out of the Assistant Chief of State for Intelligence (ACSI) at the Department of the Army. I had three target countries, the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Cuba..." Detachment A had a worldwide mission, very small, very select group at that time, working directly for the Chief of Staff, the Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence. Hubbard communicated with the #2 man, an American named Ralph Huguet (misspelled here as Hueget). Hubbard was in the midst of setting up an intelligence net in Cuba with Huguet as the chief when the orders came from on high to pull out. It turned out JFK wanted this whole project physically stopped. Hubbard was "burned, to use an intelligence term". He and his family had to leave Puerto Rico in late November, early December 1963. (Later he figures out the day he knew he had to leave was Thanksgiving Day - 11/27/63) Junius "Duke" Watlington was the chief of Army's station in Miami. Hubbard was under the impression Alpha 66 worked with CIA there, but let the Army "nibble at the edges...Now, I may be mistaken." Later, he said "in the early days, Detachment A, Army, had contact with Veciana, and CIA assumed interest. They just took it over lock, stock, and barrel, and told Army to back off. Now, please don't pin me down, but that's my understanding of what happened." He worked with a spotter named Owen Darnell, a "beached captain" working for Lykes Steamship Lines (the lines that had the freighter that Oswald took to Europe in 1959).

157-10014-10084: [No Title] - continued from earlier post, above.

1963-1964: No memory of any requirements be levied re JFK assassination, either about Cuban govt involvement or exile involvement. "My belief" is that when Veciana was in Puerto Rico, he would contact Darnell. Darnell did not know Veciana personally, and was speculating - but Darnell did hook up Hubbard with the Second Front. Lykes moved its base (with Darnell) from Cuba to Puerto Rico when Castro took over. Hubbard explained he was burned after he gave the bad news about JFK wanting to pull out. Discusses drawing up a map of all the base camps of the Second Front for Detachment A chief Col. (John E.) Boyt, ACSI chief Alva Fitch, McCone, RFK and JFK. JFK saw the map and was very happy. Said the men must have trusted Hubbard to give him so much info about their base camps. This was "late fall", shortly before JFK's death. "They gave me a staff job back at Fort Hollabird for a year to cool off" from being burned. Dept of Army closed the Puerto Rico station in early 1964. Hubbard observed the better educated Cubans went to Spain, Puerto Rico, South America. Miami "got the cane cutters". The dossiers may exist but the operational records have been destroyed, even Detachment A was broken up. Detachment A responded to Presidential, Departmental and national-level decisions. There was a very elaborate plan at one point to kill Castro by putting gas in his air conditioning system, but they decided not to do it. The Second Front came up with an air conditioning repairman who could do it, but they couldn't come up with a suitable poison the last Hubbard heard. Although Hubbard had this guy who could do it, the word came down we are not in the assassination business. To find Darnell's records, he suggests asking what happened to the old US Army Field Activities Command, headquartered in the Hoffman building in Washington, DC. Sources had numbers and alphabetical designation. Puerto Rico was DUP, and then a number for his numerical designation.

John Newman • Bill Simpich

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