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Pseudonym: Kerschen, Melvin

Definition:
Unknown identity. Melvin D. Kerschen was possibly Chief of Station (COS), WH/Miami in 1970.
Category:
pseudonym
Status:
Unknown
Sources:

104-10106-10013: DRAFT MATERIAL ON ROSELLI INVESTIGATION

Re 1968-1973: "The Miami Station (JMWAVE) was established in 1961 not 1960. Robert K. Davis served as COS from October 1961 to February 1962...Thomas Shackley served as COS from April 1962 to June 1965. John Dimmer served as COS from June 1965 to March 1967." Also see William Sturbitts' deposition, 178-10002-10279. Page 6 - Following Dimmer was Paul Henze until 1968, and then Jake Esterline from 1968-1973. p. 7, explaining that it answered in Langley to Task Force W formed (September 1961), it became Special Activities Staff and subsequently the Cuban Operations Group - at that point leadership returned to the WH Division. (p. 8): As to JMWAVE, it was formerly a small forward operations base in Coral Gables in 1960. Page 9: Cuban operations terminated gradually about 1972-1973.

104-10183-10355: CIA FILE ON AMMUG-1

01/13/70: Telepouch from COS, WH/Miami to Chief, Western Hemisphere Division: Subject: Request for Assistance on Citizenship for AMMUG/1: Signed Melvin D. Kerschen.

104-10181-10011: CIA FILE ON ORESTES RUIZ-PEREZ, VOL 11.

02/04/70: Dispatch from COS, WH/Miami to Chief, Western Hemisphere Division (Info: Chief, European Division; COS, Withheld): Subject: TYPIC QUDOZE AMAUTO-1: "WH(REDACTION) has been unable to develop any leads or traces to Alexander Samko, the individual for whom AMAUTO-1 (Orestes Guillermo Ruiz-Perez) worked in the States. Local LNERGO (FBI) was also queried with negative results. (Signature) Melvin D. Kerschen."

104-10178-10000: POSADA, LUIS CLEMENTE

02/12/70: Cable to Director, Withheld: Slugline CIFLUTE CIFENCE: REF: DIRECTOR 009340: "1. (REDACTION) available to meet CIFENCE/4. Have him call AMANSWER (IDEN A) and identify himself as IDEN B. He should ask for IDEN C and leave telephone number where he can be reached. Kerschen will return call and arrange meeting. 2. Director: To avoid pouch time lag, please forward address where we can mail registered letter containing CIFENCE/R's forms and check. 3. File: 201-300985."

104-10183-10355: CIA FILE ON AMMUG-1

03/02/70: Dispatch from COS, WH/Miami to Chief, Western Hemisphere Division: Subject: Status of AMMUG-1: "1. Forwarded herewith is the most recent contact report from Henry S. Pachankis (probably Jack Stewart) concerning AMMUG-1 (Vladimir Lahera Rodriguez). 2. As indicated, Pachankis broke the bad news contained in Reference B on AMMUG-1's citizenship. AMMUG-1 apparently took the news as well as could be expected. Nevertheless, the Station would appreciate periodic notice on the status of AMMUG-1's case so we may keep him informed on any progress. 3. In regard to Reference C, Pachankis probed in the area of wife problems and never really resolved the situation. Pachankis seemed to think, however, that the wife is still living with AMMUG-1. (Signature) Melvin D. Kerschen."

104-10183-10355: CIA FILE ON AMMUG-1

03/03/70: Dispatch from COS, WH/Miami to Chief, Western Hemisphere Division: Subject: Information from AMMUG-1 on Hector and Roberto Rodriguez Llompart: Page 3: Signed Melvin D. Kerschen.

104-10181-10011: CIA FILE ON ORESTES RUIZ-PEREZ, VOL 11.

04/29/70: Dispatch from COS, WH/Miami to Chief, Western Hemisphere Division (Info: COS, Withheld; Chief, European Division): Subject: TYPIC AMAUTO Interview (REDACTION): "1. Forwarded herewith are two contact reports submitted by (REDACTION) on his interviews with (REDACTION) (201-866054) concerning (REDACTION) (201-735296). Both contact reports are self-explanatory and were summarized in References B and C. 2. Please advise if WH(REDACTION) should pursue the matter of contact between Samko and (REDACTION). If so, the Station suggests that (REDACTION) accompany (REDACTION) to (REDACTION) as his handler. Melvin D. Kerschen."

104-10181-10099: [RESTRICTED]

04/29/70: Dispatch from COS, WH/Miami to Chief, Western Hemisphere Division (Info: COS, Withheld; Chief, European Division): Subject: TYPIC AMAUTO Interview of (REDACTION): "1. Forwarded herewith are two contact reports submitted by Henry S. Pachankis (probably Jack Stewart) on his interviews with (REDACTION) (201-866054) concerning (REDACTION) (201-735296). Both contact reports are self-explanatory and were summarized in References B and C. 2. Please advise if WH/Miami should pursue the matter of contact between (REDACTION) and (REDACTION) in Madrid. If so, the Station suggests that Pachankis accompany (REDACTION) to Madrid as his handler. Melvin D. Kerschen."

104-10181-10007: CIA FILE ON RUIZ-PEREZ, ORESTES GUILLERMO.

08/05/70: Dispatch from COS, WH/Miami to Chief, Western Hemisphere Division: Subject: AMAUTO/Follow-up Interview with (REDACTION) (Info: COS, Withheld; Chief, EUR): "1. Forwarded herewith is a contact report from Pachankis (probably Jack Stewart) on his follow-up interview of (REDACTION) (201-866054), which concerns (REDACTION) with AMAUTO/1 (201-735296) (REDACTION). As can be seen from the report, (REDACTION) Station's defensive briefing of (REDACTION) apparently took effort and he has been cautious in avoiding the many suspicious characters that have appeared since his trip (REDACTION). 2. The question of his writing to AMAUTO/1 (Orestes Guillermo Ruiz-Perez) was mentioned (REDACTION). He was told that AMAUTO/1 was back (REDACTION) and we did not know when he would return to (REDACTION) if ever. WH/Miami believes we should wait until AMAUTO/1 returns to (REDACTION) or some other post in the Free World, and then have (REDACTION) write to him. 3. Despite (REDACTION) newly self-discovered James Bond talents Pachankis enjoyed handling him. It alps appears that our primary objective, contact with AMAUTO/1 for a face to face assessment, has been met. (Signature) Melvin D. Kerschen."

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