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Pseudonym: Kiggins, Norman D.

Robert Wall, a training instructor and case officer.
See 104-10511-10035: Wall also used the pseudonym William Wibalda, the case officer for AMCORE-2/Luis Conte Aguero. See 104-10172-10143: Wall also used the alias Bob Lauriston.


November 1961: Kiggins also used the alias Bob Lauriston. He was the case officer for AMDENIM-1/Alberto Fernandez starting as of November 1, 1961, taking over from Dominick Pantleone/Rocky Farnsworth. He helped him develop infiltrees and select radio operators. His "Kiggins" pseudonym can be seen on the last page.


6/11/62 Meeting report by Bob W. re Luis Conte Aguero (AMCORE-2). Bob appears to be his case officer, stating that the next meeting will be 6/18/62. Bob advised Conte "it would be convenient not to have any more meeting with Ricardo but that he should not tell him the reason. He agreed to do so."

11/13/62, New York Times: "Cuba Reports Plotters' Arrest; Charges U.S. Trained Saboteurs: https://www.cia.gov/library/readingroom/docs/CIA-RDP75-00149R000800010016-9.pdf

"Security officials said today that they had captured the leader of a band of heavily armed, United States-trained saboteurs who landed in Cuba the weekend before President Kennedy ordered the naval blockade of Cuba. DELETED big copper mines of Matahambre were smashed, the official report said. It added that the invaders had succeeded in planting demolition charges, but they were discovered before they went off. (DELETED - the name "Miguel Angel Orozco Crespo,) who was reported to have served as an Army lieutenant during the regime of Fulgencio Batista, the ousted dictator, was identified as the leader of the band. He was described as a 'principal chief of the Central Intelligence Agency. (Note: Orozco was AMTABBY-15). Mr. Orozco and a companion, Pedro Vera Ortiz, were seized Nov. 2 at a farm in a hilly region near Vinales...they landed Oct. 19 and 20...(carrying) a half ton of weapons, explosives, radio transmitters and food for two weeks...Havana newspapers said Mr. Orozco Crespo named 40 members of his organization and made these declarations: The CIA is preparing a force of Cuban exiles for an (illegible) invasion of Nicaragua...to provide an excuse for an invasion of Cuba by accusing Premier Castro's regime of aggression...20 'operators' are collecting data for the US inside Cuba with the aid of 'small information nets'...his organization has headquarters in Miami (deleted) a 'green house', south of Miami on Highway 1 near the 'Monkey Jungle', a tourist attraction. He said that a man named Bob Wall was coordinating the Miami actions; before making sorties into Cuba, agents are taken into Summerland Key, where they are isolated until sailing time..."

Fabian Escalante, The Secret War (Ocean Press, 1995) https://archive.org/stream/FabianEscalanteSecretWarCubaCIA/Fabian%20Escalante%20Secret%20War%20Cuba%20CIA_djvu.txt

November 1962: (114-115): "(By) the final months of 1961...a study of the Cuban scene led (CIA) to the false belief that the most favorable territories for the uprising (included) intricate mountain ranges which could harbor a strong and well-supplied guerrilla nucleus, distant from urban centers, scarce means of communication, and a rural population sufficiently backward culturally and politically to be easily susceptible to indoctrination by agents...one of the CIA's priorities was the reorganization of the internal front. The counterrevolutionary groups and bands were structures that already existed and should be used...William Harvey met with several of these agents during the early days of 1962, to personally instruct them in the tasks they were to carry out. These included Manuel Guillot Castellanos (AMBRONC-5), Julio Hernandez Rojo (AMOT-99), Esteban Marquez Novo (AMBANTY-1), Felix Rodriguez (AMJOKE-1), Eugenio Martinez (AMSNAP-3), Clemente Inclan Werner (AMSIGH-2), Luis Hernandez Rocha (AMHINT-53), Miguel and Ramon Orozco (AMTABBY-15 & 16), Alberto del Busto (AMSHAG-1), Pedro Cameron and Manuel del Valle (AMOT-57)...Guillot, Marquez Novo, Hernandez Rocha, Cameron and Del Valle would be infiltrated into Cuba to organize the counterrevolution, while the rest would take charge of marine supply. Of all of them, the greatest hope was placed in Guillot Castellanos." (pp. 145-146); ...agents Miguel Orozco Crespo and Pedro Vera Ortiz were arrested in the Malas Aguas Farm in the municipality of Vinales in Pinar del Rio province. After his capture, Orozco Crespo said he had conducted 25 similar special missions against Cuba in 1962 , and that his chiefs in Florida were CIA officers, "Rip" Robertson and Robert Wall. (William "Rip" Robertson was one of the Americans who landed with the mercenary brigade of Playa GirĂ³n, on April 17, 1961 ). He also said that he had recruited people for Alpha-66..."

Brad Ayers, The Zenith Secret (Vox Pop, 2006), p. 17

Late 1963: "He introduced himself as Bob Wall, assistant chief of operations at the station...Bob told us not to use the term CIA. When we had to make reference to the agency, we would use the word 'company'. He went on to explain that the Miami headquarters (of the CIA) was covered under a civilian corporation known as Zenith Technical Enterprises. The station, or 'company', was located on the University of Miami's South Campus, adjacent to the abandoned Richmond Navai Air Station, which had been developed by the Navy during World War II as a dirigible base...Dave Morales, chief of operations, was the only branch chief who treated us less than respectfully. He ran all the station's activities with a heavy hand and was famous for his temper. We soon learned that no one, save (station chief) Ted Shackley himself, argued with Dave. To cross him in any way was to invite trouble...(Major Edward Roderick and I had cover) as Department of the Army civilians...I was given the fictitious identity of Daniel B. Williams...Rip (Robertson), in his mid-forties, was a contract employee of fairly long standing with the CIA...like Dave Morales, nicknamed 'The Big Indian' (aka El Indio), to whom he was directly responsible, Rip was said to be stubborn, independent, and jealously protective of his men."

104-10172-10086: PROGRESS REPORT ON AMDENIM-1 Document View

10/1/63-5/31/64 - operational progress report on AMDENIM-1: Kiggins writes on how "(AMDENIM-1/Alberto Fernandez) was provided with a number of leads among fishermen refugees and quickly sorted them out and came up with AMBIG-3 (Ricardo Adelis/Adolis Cobos) who previously had been cleared and then not used due to the press of other business. The new guide was quickly recleared and put with AMSEED-3 and for the most part kept busy with training and other preparations..."


12/5/63 cable WAVE 8497 describing Norman D. Kiggins as (P) - pseudonym - and field comment re paragraph 3: "As of 4 pm on 4 December all the key personnel of Comandos L were in Miami and the seas were becoming rough."


Norman D. Kiggins is described as a "training instructor". He appears to be stationed at AMDOT, the Army team conducting trainings at Eglin AFB in Florida.


10/8/64 report of covert assessment of Victor Paneque Batista by Bob Wall, JMWAVE: "Mr. Paneque is the oldest, least intelligent, and most experience of the radop group...He is a rather simple man who, through circumstances, managed to attain a position of command and prestige...(Paneque's) past success seems due more to his outgoing, aggressive and self-confident manner than to intellectual abilities." See 104-10267-10024, 8/5/64 - the above statements seem to be based on this interview of Victor Paneque, requested by Norman Kiggins - the pseudonym for Bob Wall.


08/25/2010, Article by Rudy Enders: Titled: With the CIA in Vietnam Part 2: Page 4: ..."Our new Station Chief introduced some significant organizational changes. He created Regional Officers-In-Charge (ROIC's) in each Corps, starting with I Corps where John Horgan, an old Miami FI officer, was put in charge..." - - - Page 7: "JACK HORGAN AND MYSELF-1966: He was creative having pioneered the ROIC concept and later the Phoenix program. Vietnam was Jack's element. He had a solid relationship with General Lewis Walt, the III Marine Amphibious Force Commander in I Corps as well as the Vietnamese I Corps Commander, General Lam and National Police Chief, Vo Lung. Most of Jack's staff was old Miami hands, including his deputy, Bob Wall, and the Regional RDC/P officer, Rocky Rothwell. Bob Wall, a former Army officer, was perfect for the job. Jack could see our major responsibility would be to support the Marines in I Corps. Unquestionably, Marines are the finest fighting force in the world. I can think of no word to describe their bravery, valor and heroism throughout the Corp's history. And in I Corps we had the best. In reality, we were an intelligence adjunct to III MAF, reporting directly to the Commanding General. Accordingly, we attended every morning staff meeting and coordinated all our efforts with their staff. It helped to have Jack represent CIA in this environment. He was knowledgeable, articulate, respected, and trusted because he went out of his way to cooperate. Bob, his Deputy, had field experience in Quang Ngai where he took over RDC/O from the legendary former Marine Raider and Bay of Pigs veteran, Rip Robertson. In short, I was elated with my assignment. I was among friends, there was much to accomplish, and our entire staff was highly competent, dedicated, and focused on supporting the war effort...." https://www.air-america.org/files/documents/revietnam_2.pdf

Bill Simpich

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