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Pseudonym: Moore, Joseph

Definition:
Jose Morejon appears to the correct name of the Cuban who was with the man calling himself "Lee Oswald" in New Orleans on 1/20/61.
Category:
pseudonym
Status:
Probable
Discussion:
This is not a known CIA pseudonym, but it offers a pseudonym of a man who may have had links with the CIA.
Sources:

William Turner, Ramparts, January 1968, p. 53: http://jfk.hood.edu/Collection/White%20Materials/White%20Assassination%20Clippings%20Folders/Security%20Folders/Security-CIA/CIA%200170.pdf

"On January 20, 1961, two men approached Oscar W. Deslatte, assistant manager of the Bolton Ford Truck Center in New Orleans, and identified themselves as members of the Friends of Democratic Cuba. To help their cause, they wanted to purchase ten trucks at cost. Deslatte filled out a bid form, recording their names as Joseph Moore and Oswald. The young man calling him Oswald that if the trucks were purchased he would be the one to pay for them...Garrison has located the former Bolton Ford manager that was present at the time, Fred A. Sewell. He recalled that the younger 'skinny' man gave the full name Lee Oswald, and that Joseph Moore was actually a Cuban who gave a Cuban name on the bid form. What is puzzling about the incident is that Lee Harvey Oswald was in Minsk, Russia, in 1961, thus raising the question of who was impersonating him and why. The Friends of Democratic Cuba were formed on January 9, 1961, less than two weeks before the Bolton Ford incident. It was intended as a kind of American auxiliary to Arcacha's all-Cuban Revolutionary Council. Government advisers to the Friends, says an informant who was closely involved with the group, were a CIA man named Logan and the FBI's Regis Kennedy..."

Christopher Courtwright, "The Strange Allegations of Raymond Carnay", Kennedy Assassination Chronicles, Volume 2, Issue 3, p. 19.

May-July 1961: Raymond Carnay's odyssey began when he received a call from Charlie Waters aka Charles Watters, who described himself as "vice-commander of the anti-Castro revolutionary forces in the Western Hemisphere" and that he was in Dallas "recruiting pilots" for "flying harassment raids over Cuba". He met with the Oswald-type character in person three times over 7-9 days and several follow-up phone calls. "How could the Oswald impostor have known in the first place that Carnay had turned a list of names and other information over to the FBI? Was someone in intelligence circles testing Carnay's loyalties by sending in a straw man to pose as a Castro advocate? A similar story to Carnay's is told to Jim Garrison by William Galzell, the head of Friends of Democratic Cuba in New Orleans. In 1961, Jim Moore was purchasing trucks for the FDC and documents were signed by Moore and a man called Lee Oswald. When asked before the grand jury, Galzell said that "Colonel" Charles Watters was working with Joseph Moore and he could tell Garrison all about Moore. http://maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=1179&search=moore#relPageId=17&tab=page Waters treated the group as a "hangout for arms and ammunition". See 124-10288-10389: Like Carnay, Dalzell describes Waters to the FBI as a "lieutenant colonel in the Western Hemisphere". See 124-10288-10389, p. 47 of 59: Dalzell was not a marginalized character - in the 50s he worked for DOD as a cryptographer.

124-10202-10499: No Title

6/16/65 memo from SAC Miami to Director, FBI: "On 6/10/65 Orlando Bosch and five other men were arrested by US Customs at Zellwood, Fla., on charge of conspiring to illegally export munitions. Upon request of this office Customs took palm prints taken by the SO, Orlando, Fla. of Bosch and his companions, which are enclosed, as follows: 1) Orlando Bosch; 2) Gervelio Gutierrez; 3) William John Johnson; 4) Frank Rafferty; 5) Jose Morejon Diaz; 6) Marcos Ramos Rodriguez..."

http://jfk.hood.edu/Collection/Weisberg%20Subject%20Index%20Files/M%20Disk/Morejon%20Joseph%20Gonzales/Item%2001.pdf

12/17/67 letter from Harold Weisberg to New Orleans assistant district attorney Andrew Sciambra: "My new friend who is known to Jim Alcock gives me the following information on a man who may be Joseph Moore. He knows one Joseph Gonzalez Morejon whose other aliases include Joe Moore, More, and Dearing, who is now an army captain in Echo Company of the Special Forces of Viet Nam and who earlier was a Marine and in the Bay of Pigs Brigade. This man is a Cuban with no perceptible accent...He went back into military service in 1963 apparently first as a Marine in the Cuban brigade. He went to Fort Benning and after going to Quantico transferred into the Army..."

http://jfk.hood.edu/Collection/Weisberg%20Subject%20Index%20Files/M%20Disk/Morejon%20Joseph%20Gonzales/Item%2002.pdf

4/17/68 memo of Harold Weisberg: Alberto Fowler believes that Joe Moore's true name is Jose Dearing - he used to use the name Morejon. 5 foot 6 - chubby - captured at the Bay of Pigs.

124-10216-10060: No Title

10/18/68, FBI latent fingerprint report: "Jose Morejon Diaz (Diaz Morejon) FBI #285522F". Also see 124-10206-10280, p. 64: Orlando Bosch aka "Ernesto", Jose Diaz Morejon aka "Tony Prieto", Barbaro Balan Garcia aka "Bobby" and five others were indicted for conspiring to violate 18 USC 2275, and Bosch, Diaz and Balan were separately indicted for firing on the Polish freighter SS Poalanica. Bosch had three additional charges for threatening various world leaders. Also see pp. 81-82 of same document: Morejon was born 3/23/42, white, 5 foot 10, 160 pounds, mechanic, resided at 621 SW 5th Street, Miami.

NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS: (BOSTON GLOBE, AP, UPI, NY TIMES, WASHINGTON POST Document View

Re sentencing 12/13/68, New York Times: "...while all nine were named in the charge of conspiring to attack the ship, (Orlando) Bosch, Barbaro Balan Garcia, and Jose Diaz Morejon also were accused of firing on the Polish freighter SS Poalanica."

180-10128-10002: [No Title]

1977: Stewart McKinney's briefing materials during the HSCA investigation. A good description of the Bolton Ford incident involving Joseph Moore and "Oswald", and an excellent summary and analysis of the JFK and Tippit shootings.

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