Pseudonym: Laurenkus, Marvin
Cables on Operation TILT, in June, 1963, show that Laurenkus was involved in the mission.
Book reviews on the Amazon website by Rudolf A. Enders mentioned that he was a friend of Donald Gregg and William H. Hamilton. A book review by Enders on February 1, 2017, stated that he had been an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) officer, and was described by historian John Prados as a "paramilitary specialist and boatman."
Moreover, on the Combat Veterans For Congress website: PAC Endorsements: his entry read: "CIA Officer Rudolf A. Enders, USMMA '56, CIA STANDARD BEARERS Hall of Fame, US Merchant Marine Academy Athletic Hall of Fame, Senior Intelligence Service, CIA Intelligence Star, 2 Intelligence Medals of Merit, CIA Career Medal of Merit (Lt/USN)."
11/13/62: Memo from William K. Harvey, Chief, Task Force W to Chief, Contract Personnel Division: Subject: Application of Premium Pay for Certain Contract Personnel: "It is requested that the contracts for the following named Contract Employees and Career Agents be amended to include, in the applicable paragraph, the following provision: 'You are herein authorized Premium Pay in lieu of overtime in conformance with and subject to the policies of this organization.' BLAINAUSE, Russell J.; DELLAROCCO, Peter V.; GLAVASCO, Philip D.; HEARD, Bruce R.; STUART, Jennifer A.; TARTARILLO, John K.; TARYDINA, Jacob C.; CADICK, Irving G.; NOEMAYR, Harold R.; DEVUONO, Irving G.; SLOMAN, Henry J.; LAURENKUS, Marvin A.; STARKROOD, Kenneth A."
06/05/63: Cable from JMWAVE to Director (Orig: Maritime/Laurenkus - Rewritten by COS/Reuteman): Slugline RYBAT TYPIC YOBITE TILT: FOR TODHUNTER AND DAINOLD: Page 3: Authenticating Officer: Kermit C. Harmegnies. Coordinating Officers: Handwritten: C/air Z. C/Security. C/RIMM JES. C/PM. C/IS LWS. ESEC. Releasing Officer: Andrew K. Reuteman.
06/08/63: Cable from JMWAVE to OPIM FLOATER 199 (Orig: PM/Peggins): .."Rudy launch second V-20. Take pax from A/C (Handwritten: air craft). Keep pax V-20..." Note: FLOATER had handwritten "Sig plan" under it. Authenticating Officer: Frederick J. Inghurst. Releasing Officer: Andrew K. Reuteman.
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."
Alan Barton: "Twenty-one years marine engineer. Mechanical engineering background. Extensive travel through Far East, Middle East, Europe, Central America. Marine engineering independent research. Aircraft factory engineer- India." Is that a true biography or is it cover?
11/01/89: Book review of The Shadow Warrior by Brian Barger and Robert Parry in the Washington Monthly: ..."Another intriguing tidbit is Rodriguez's disclosure that in early 1986 he told Rudolph Enders, a former CIA superior from Vietnam days, 'in vague terms about the North operation' and its corrupt arms dealers. Enders had just wrapped up a tour as head of the CIA's paramilitary forces, where he directly oversaw the helicopter attacks and mining of Nicaragua's harbors. But like Rodriguez, he claims to have kept his mouth shut. In an interview, Enders said he did not take Rodriguez's allegations of criminal wrongdoing to his agency superiors because 'he didn't approach me as a CIA employee, but as a friend.' Enders said he advised Rodriguez to take his complaints to Gregg, not because Enders thought Gregg was involved with the contra program but simply because 'Don was the only one I knew' at the White House. Rodriguez insists that he rejected Ender's advice at the time and continued keeping Gregg in the dark. Why Enders did not pass the explosive information on to his good friend Gregg or to his CIA superiors is another one of the hard-to-believe elements of this take-it-on-faith cover story..."
My Memoirs by Captain Juan L. Cosculluela Iduate: Page 148 (Spanish to English translation): ..."Our assigned instructor was Robert C. Stevens (aka Bob Burke) and they were two or three times per week, they picked us up at 6 p.m. in the afternoon and we returned at dawn the next day. The boat a catamaran of 18 feet in length with two Mercruiser engines of 100 HP each. They called him 'The Black Cat', the boat had a frank low board (18") that allowed the quick access of the frogmen its draft was less than 4', his painting was black with paint...For me it was a new concept of coastal night navigation identifying raisins and channels by his silhouette, Silva as a fisherman -in his village -natal Bahia Honda before joining the Navy had a sixth sense to identify them in the darkness of the night. Bob soon identified with us and offered us his experience gained as (a) frogman UDT of the Navy, also participated the frogmen (Cantillo, Pruna and Fonts), as well as the San Roman command (commando) team...Bob was a graduate of Kings Point (The Merchant Marine School of the United States), after graduating he served 4 years in the Navy as a member of the UDT (frogmen) was helicopter pilot, when completing his service in the Navy, he went to work with the Company (CIA) as others of his companions (Rudi, Don, Mike and others)...Already in the month of October they send us Silva and my person with the catamaran to the base of New Found Harbor in Big Pine Key and we were accommodated aboard the PT Susan Ann of Leslie Nobregas, since they did not want us to mix with the crews of the Air Sea Rescue 'The Barber' who belonged to Cecil Goudie, both crews shared the facilities of the Base and Bob are appointed to the front of this facility although Goudie's staff was still managing it."
08/27/2003: Book review by Rudolf A. Enders of SOAR: A Black Ops Novel by John Weisman on the Amazon website: "As a lifetime career CIA special operations officer, I feel N.Y. Times best selling author John Weisman has reached a new plateau with his latest book SOAR. This action-packed thriller brings the reader deep inside the black world of special operations where America's finest warriors take on extremely important and dangerous missions in the World's most remote and dangerous locations. Although SOAR is fiction, the characters are taken from known veterans of America's tighly knit special operations community. Weisman brings realism to the story through excellent research on such topics as high altitude, high-opening (HAHO) parachuting, demolitions, sniper techniques, ambushes, weaponry, explosive ordnance disposal (EOD), fixed wing and helicopter operations, modern technical devices and basic unit tactics. In this regard, SOAR is a must read for even the most experienced current operator. The author further adds realism by shifting back to past historical events, relating the story to black-ops heroes known to us all. I highly recommend this edge-of-the-seat action thriller. You will find it difficult to put the book down. Rudy Enders, CIA Retired. Former Chief, Special Operations Group."
Combat Veterans For Congress website: PAC Endorsements: ..."CIA Officer Rudolf A. Enders, USMMA '56, CIA STANDARD BEARERS Hall of Fame, US Merchant Marine Academy Athletic Hall of Fame, Senior Intelligence Service, CIA Intelligence Star, 2 Intelligence Medals of Merit, CIA Career Medal of Merit (Lt/USN)..." - - - John Prados, Safe for Democracy, The Secret Wars of the CIA (2006): Enders is described as a "paramilitary specialist and boatman; Enders made his mark as a paramilitary officer with the Miami base on Cuban operations; later in the Vietnam war he rose to a senior field officer and by the 1980's headed CIA's Special Activities Division, where he played a role in the mining of Nicaraguan ports during the contra war." (p. xx); "...the CIA did not even have a maritime unit (in 1960). Once the (Bay of Pigs) project began, boat operations were improvised...Typically CIA case officers like Rudy Enders arranged supplies to haul, or coordinated the Miami end of operations to exfiltrate anti-Castro people or insert agents. (p. 230); "the JMWAVE people reflected the trainees: Shackley's assistant Thomas Clines and CIA men like Rudy Enders, George French, Robert Wall, Edwin Wilson and Harold Chipman were all paramilitary officers. French, a demolitions expert, loved to blow things up. Rip Robertson and Grayston Lynch were back, leading units comprising many teams of Cubans. A CIA contract officer records that, with the word 'paramilitary' declared verboten after the Bay of Pigs, they were now part of the Special Operations Division. The Miami operating base, set up under the station's aegis, lagged on maritime capability throughout MONGOOSE, in spite of the efforts of Gordon Campbell and Rudy Enders. Training the commandos proved easier than finding boats to move them. Motorboats sailing from Miami and throughout the Keys made up the core. The station's maritime branch has been described as 'huge', but the Special Operations Division remained the largest element."
08/25/2010: Article by Rudy Enders: Titled: With the CIA in Vietnam: Page 2: ..."We were handed tickets in Miami. Our group included me, Mike Nolan, Bill Watkins, and Bob Simon. Mike was an old Southeast Asia hand. He had been recruited during the Korean War when the Agency hired all the paramilitary officers they could find. Being a former professional football player with the Los Angeles Rams, Mike met the recruiting criteria; strong, aggressive and brave. However, like all quick-start programs, most of these contract officers were axed when the Korean War ended. Mike, however, survived and was sent to Laos. Afterwards, he spent many years in hardship posts usually reserved for what insiders call 'knuckle draggers.' A term Agency Foreign Intelligence (FI) officers coined to advertise their intellectual superiority compared to rough and tumble paramilitary types like Mike Nolan. Bill Watkins came to CIA from the Marine Corps... He had been pilot and was selected for the elite spy career trainee (CT) program. Miami was his first assignment where he served as a paramilitary operations officer. Bob Simon was a former Navy underwater demolitions team (UDT) officer and a product of Massachusetts Maritime Academy. He was the one who convinced me earlier to stay aboard during the Cuban show. Although the four of us came from different backgrounds, we were now heading in the same direction." https://www.air-america.org/files/documents/reviernam_1.pdf
10/22/2014: Book review by Rudolf A. Enders of Pot Shards: Fragments of a Life Lived in CIA, the White House, and the Two Koreas by Donald P. Gregg on the Amazon website: "I'm the Rudy mentioned in Ambassador Gregg's book. It would have been a shame, for him not to have documented his unusual life's history for us to share and understand. I consider this wonderful dedicated and extremely talented gentleman, the most compassionate, humorous, considerate, and intellectually superior individual I ever had the privilege of working for. He made the difficult life we led in Vietnam digestible, leading by example and encouraging all of us to do the best job we could. During my tenure at the National War College, I invited Don to speak to our Intelligence Elective course to give a White House prospective into national security concerns. The students love his candid descriptions, many of which are contained in Pot Shards. I always thought President Bush should have selected him to be his national security advisor since his vision of future events was repeatedly accurate. I highly recommend the book for it pulls no punches and represents history much like Porter Alexander's memoirs of the Civil War."
01/02/2017: Book review by Rudolf A. Enders of Night Fighter: An Insider's Story of Special Ops from Korea to SEAL Team 6 by William H. Hamilton and Charles W. Sasser on the Amazon website: "Our elite warriors today go through an unimaginable selection process that weeds out all but the most physically fit, competent, never-say-die, and determined men that hope to become members of the finest fighting force in the world. Night Fighter covers the history of one such man, Captain Bill Hamilton. But he was also a visionary with considerable talent and persuasive skills that enabled him to convince a rigid bureaucracy, set long in Navy tradition that generally ignored those not directly involved in fighting ships at sea. So it was in my case. As an unrestricted USNR line officer, there was no career path and upward mobility for me as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) officer. As soon as my EOD tour of duty ended, I would likely be assigned to a naval vessel with my EOD time considered by promotion boards as somewhat a diversion. It's the reason I left the Navy and agreed to join The Central Intelligence Agency when asked. As Night Fighter describes, special warfare operatives forfeit normal living. Instead they are either on a mission or training for one. Their sacrifices are enormous, with wives and children hardly ever seeing their daddy, and never knowing what danger he may be facing while they remain comfortably in their home. The public only learns about the deeds of these heroes after a spectacularly successful secret operation is exposed. And only after retirement do these men experience the normal life we all enjoy. Night Fighter is but a glimpse into the world of special operations based on the experiences of one man, Captain William Hamilton, my long time Navy friend, now deceased and terribly missed. A SEAL Team pioneer." Photograph below text.