Pseudonym: Oberst, Paul E.
1947-48: A "Paul Oberst" was during 1947-1948 in the 9th Naval District of the Office of Naval Intelligence (see last 2 pages)
1960: "Among those who worked in Phillips' Political and Psychological Section in WH/4 were William Kent, John Isaminger, Philip A. Toomey, Earnest I. Harrison, Paul Oberst, and Michael J. Maney." We know now that Toomey and Kent are one and the same, as are Phillips and Harrison.
Re 3/31/60: "As attempts were being made to establish the parameters for the operations against Castro, a most prescient was directed to Chief, WH/4 from Paul Oberst, Chief, Covert Action, WH Division. Oberst had apparently been associated with PBSUCCESS, the project which resulted in the ouster of the Arbenz Government in Guatemala in 1954, and recalling some of 'the pitfalls and counter-productive aspects' of that particular operation, Oberst wrote as follows: 'I have the impression that our basic JMARC plan commits us to a rather firm timetable. In my judgment, we should have great flexibility in deciding the appropriate time for kicking off any paramilitary operations...to avoid or minimize Castro's counter propaganda, the paramilitary operations must appear to be an internal uprising by dissident elements within Cuba." endnote at p. 377.
12/29/60 memo from Phil Toomey to Havana: "WH/C/CA Mr. Oberst draft, P.T." P.T. would appear to be Phil Toomey aka William Kent. This may mean that Phil Toomey is Paul Oberst - or simply that he is reporting that Oberst signed the draft.
Re 1963: What exactly was the Cuban Operations Group? In the immediate CIA response upon learning that New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison was beginning his investigation into the JFK case, Arthur Dooley opines in this memo for the record that "the DRE had no part in the Kennedy assassination." The following members of the Cuban Operations Group are identified: Paul Oberst COG/CA 63 REDACTED (fifteen spaces for name - "Paul E. Oberst," has fifteen spaces, that is my best guess. "C. Harlow Duffin" has sixteen spaces, "Harlow Duffin," has fourteen spaces.) Carl Trettin Deputy COG, CI 63 Margaret Forsyth, COG, 63
2/13/63 cable from Chief, WH/4 to Chief, Mexico City: C/WH/CA Oberst is coordinating officer on memo re oral commitments to LIHUFF-1.
11/4/63 memo to Chief, Covert Action staff granting 9/20/63 request to use Charles William Thomas as a covert security asset re the field of international labor.
4/3/67 Art Dooley summary: "The DRE was an anti-communist student organization funded covertly by CIA. It was known by the cryptonym AMSPELL. In the fall of 1962, the DRE organization in Cuba was penetrated and wrapped-up by the DGI...Lee Harvey Oswald approached Carlos Bringuier, the New Orleans delegate of the Cuban Student Directorate on 5 August 1963 and volunteered to join the organization and to help train Cubans to fight against Castro. Bringuier turned him down believing him to be either an FBI informant or Communist penetration agent...According to Paul Oberst, of the Cuban Operations Group (COG/CA) CIA did not fund this organization although we had contacts with some of its members. It is abundantly clear that the DRE had no part of the Kennedy assassination. Oswald was never a member of the DRE, which in fact rejected him." See 104-10226-10024 - in this Sept 67 memo, Oberst is referred to as C/WH/COG/CA.
1968-71: Joseph Burkholder Smith said that Oberst was his real name; he served under David Phillips in 1968, and retired in 1970-71
1970: As WH/Historical Officer, Oberst rates and compliments Ann Goodpasture for her work on the Mexico City "historical paper" that she has spent the last year engaged in "arduous research and writing". Oberst's superior agrees and comments that her review "ran to three volumes" - this work appears to be not her chronology that began in 1967, but rather the Mexico City Station History that she prepared in the late 1970s. HSCA counsel Robert Blakey asked to see "all three volumes" on the Mexico City Station in 1978, which provoked a big argument with the CIA. https://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=60178&relPageId=2&search=%22mexico_city%20station%22%20and%20%22three%20volumes%22