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Pseudonym: Hogan, Don

Definition:
George Michael Kappes, also known as Mickey Kappes. Kappes also used the alias Mike Kelley.
Category:
pseudonym
Status:
Probable
Sources:

124-10200-10164: [No Title]

1/9/59 memo about Don Hogan flying from Idlewild (now La Guardia) Airport in NYC to Cuba. Was a public relations director for the July 26 movement.

104-10215-10096: FILE ON ROSS L. CROZIER

2/25/59 memo: "Mickey" (George Micheal Kappes) was working with Hogan and trying to get Noemayr/Ross Crozier a job with Hogan, "who hopes to get major public relations contracts with Cuba".

1994.05.10.14:07:53:250007: Reel 27, Folder O - MRP, PART I.

9/18/60 memo from MASH to Director. States that Mickey Kappes working with Don Hogan. Went into Cuba three times. Kappes at this time, was naive and untrained in Ops. Includes the phrase: "with Don Hogan/Kappes as Alberto Fernandez (note: AMDENIM-1) reps".

104-10274-10047: CABLE: INCREASING SUSPICION MASH THAT RAUL CHIBAS MAY BE POSSIBLE

This more complete version of the 9/18/60 document refers to "Don Hogan Kappes" and has the names of "Peters" and "Farnsworth" written in. Also written in is "Taylor" - presumably General Taylor - and the phrase "More Diaz" - which remains unclear. The document also mentions concern that Raul Chibas is a Castro plant in the United States.

Ted Shackley, Spymaster (Potomac Books, Inc., Dulles, VA) 2005, pp. 55-56

"(In early 1962) it was decided to review what sabotage operations were being considered for implementation. This revealed that the team of Rip Robertson, Grayston Lynch and Mickey Kappes had been working for months planning an operation against the Matahambre copper mine complex in Pinar del Rio province, an important export earner and thus valuable to Castro...we completed the planning for the operation, got policy approval from the Special Group (Augmented), and launched it. The team got into the Matahambre complex as planned...we learned later that Cuban authorities had found the explosives (and) disarmed them...our Matahambre failure was not well received by Bobby Kennedy. His caustic tongue worked at full speed to let all and sundry know we were the new Keystone Kops. On October 20 the team was back at Matahambre. This time they were detected by Cuban security forces. A short firefight followed. Of the eight men on the team, six were captured. Castro broadcast his triumph over Havana radio. Heartburn was suffered in Washington, and of course the displeasure was conveyed to us in Miami with a series of biting and unflattering remarks."

http://www.warofwits.net/eulogy.html

Culminating in 1963: CIA case officer Rudy Enders delivered this eulogy at the memorial for Grayston Lynch: "After serving in (WW II and) Korea, he attended one of the original special operations classes, graduating alongside such warriors as...Lucein Conein, formerly a member of the French Foreign Legion, the OSS, the CIA and the DEA...It's no wonder Gray was selected by the CIA to be one of only two Americans to assist the brave Cuban Brigade at the Bay of Pigs...The Brigade was let down - betrayed - by the very people that sent them into battle, not only were the Cubans, but Gray himself and fellow officer Rip Robertson. After this horrific catastrophe, a flicker of hope emerged when Gray and Rip were again called upon to help spark a flame of resistance within Cuba. It was then that he recruited and trained an elite commando force (Comando Mambises/AMGLOSSY) where many of you served. It was during this period that case officers like me, Mickey Kappes, Bob Stevens and others had the privilege of working alongside Gray and the brave, freedom loving commando teams...(Gray and Rip) demonstrated leadership qualities that elevated them to 'role model' status for every subsequent agency paramilitary officer. When our government decided to shut down even this program, I can assure you we were as hearbroken as the wonderful men we served. It is a scar that will never disappear. It is why Gray dedicated his life to telling the truth concerning this covert agency program."

104-10312-10361: CABLE: OP INVOLVING SOVIET DEFECTORS WHICH MR. WILLIAM PAWLEY HAS DISCUSSED

Based on the undated list of four names above, all of the names on that list appear to be aliases. "Pawley 65 foot yacht Flying Tiger will depart Miami 1800 hours 5 June. Aboard yacht will be Pawley's captain Luis Paez Guerra who Cuban national but long time trusted employee. (CIA) will have Donald F. Mazutis alias Mike Kelley (note: true name Mickey Kappes) and Marvin A. Laurenkus alias Alan Barton (note: true name Rudy Enders) on board Pawley yacht. This yacht due arrive Hogsty reef 0600 hours 8 June. Yacht will anchor reef area...(CIA PBY - PBY is an abbreviation for 'US Navy medium to heavy twin amphibious aircraft - used for maritime patrol, water bomber, and search and rescue') under dry lease to Pawley will arrive Hogsty Reef 0630 hours 8 June and land in protected area Hogsty Reef. (Aircraft) will contain Pawley, Martino, Spencer from LIFE, Irving G. Cadick alias William Rutherford, Oliver Fortson alias Maximo de Cordoba and eight Cubans. Party will be transferred by RB-12 from (aircraft) to Pawley yacht. Entire party will board Pawley yacht, take Cuban craft in tow, and head for launch point. (Aircraft) leaves area. Pawley yacht, surveilled by LEDA radar...goes from reef to launch point which 25 miles off Cuba in commercial sea lanes...Here Cubans loaded into their craft. Once they in their craft they passed ammo in boxes and while being covered by arms on Pawley yacht Cubans are then cut loose at 2200 hours 8 June for trip to Cuba. Cubans on mission will be Ernesto Duenas (201-298397), Eduardo Perez/AMDENIM-11 (201-294665), Rene Lamoru...Dennis Rigal....Luis Cantin...Rolando Rodriguez...Tomas Vaguero...Francisco Hernandez. Once Cubans hit Cuba they go exfil point pick up Sovs...once pickup (with Cuban craft)...(aircraft will) bring Sovs, Cubans, Pawley, Martino, Life rep, Cadick and Fortson back to Miami. Fortson will then debrief Sovs in Russian to extent possible once they on Pawley yacht and (aircraft)...if no show 10 June op aborts."

104-10274-10224: REPORT ON DEVELOPMENT OF AN INCOMING SW MESSAGE

5/12/64 message from Micheal E. Capolillo in Puerto Rico to Charles Wiesinger of WAVE/CI in Miami regarding AMKNOB-1's letter sent on 5/10/64. The letter is described as "One page SW (secret writing). Good development and legible." Could the man known as "Mike Kelley" also be "Michael Capolillo"?

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