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Pseudonym: Onack, Alexander

Definition:
Alexander D. Onack was an alias used by communications instructor, Martin C. Tarters. Tarters was a pseudonym for an unknown identity.
Category:
pseudonym
Status:
Documented
Discussion:
A cable from JMWAVE to KOLA on June 5, 1963, on Operation TILT, was originated by Tarters. The Authenticating Officer was Norman L. Melnecke, and the Releasing Officer was John F. Sunderland (who was Chief, JMRIMM, at that time). Furthermore, a cable from JMWAVE to Director, on December 11, 1963, stated that communications instructor, Martin C. Tarters (Pseudonym - IDEN), was traveling under the alias of Alexander D. Onack on a flight. Nelson L. Raynock (pseudonym for Henry D. Hecksher) was traveling on the same flight in his true name. Hecksher was to carry carry through customs communications equipment needed for the training of AMSTONE-1 (Ms. Valdes Hernandez). The cable also added that Tarters planned to stay at the D'Alarcon Hotel, and it was requested that Victor T. Suchara meet the former in the lobby of the hotel at 4 p.m. on December 11. In addition, it was requested that Hecksher receive envelopes from NIEXIT. Interestingly, a cable on the same day, December 11, 1963, from JMWAVE to Director, on Intelligence highlights, mentioned that Martin C. Tarters was proceeding to Mexico "to train AMSTONE-1 in OWVL and two-way medium speed transmitting." There was no mention of Raynock/Hecksher in this cable, despite the previous cable stating that he would be on the same flight as Tarters. Was Martin C. Tarters a pseudonym used by Henry D. Hecksher?
Sources:

104-10312-10366: CABLE: FOLL ASSIGNED MV/LEDA FOR OPERATIONS TILT, AMSPRAG, AND CHALICE-3

06/05/63: Cable from JMWAVE to KOLA (Orig: M. Tarters): Slugline OOLONG ZRPERUSAL PBRUMEN TILT AMSPRAG CHALICE-3: "FOLL assigned MV/Leda for Operations TILT, AMSPRAG, and CHALICE-3: A. Signal plans FLOATER/199 (5101) and AJIROP-75. B. Crypto: Base Encode K/8398. Decode K/8397. ZIMAHI edition No. 60. C. AMHINT/49, radop for AMSPRAG team, issued BYKUXE sigplan TETNIT." Authenticating Officer: Norman L. Melnecke. Releasing Officer: John F. Sunderland.

104-10076-10325: JMWAVE CABLE RE COMMO INSTRUCTOR TRAVELING UNDER ALIAS ALEXANDER D. ONACK.

12/11/63: Cable from JMWAVE to Director: Slugline RYBAT DYVOUR PBRUMEN AMSTONE COMMO: "1. Commo instructor Martin C. Tarters (P) IDEN traveling in alias Alexander D. Onack arriving guest flight 411 afternoon 11 Dec. Nelson L. Raynock (P) traveling true name on same flight order carry through customs commo equipment needed for training AMSTONE-1. 2. Tarters plans stay D'Alarcon Hotel. PLS have Suchara meet Tarters at D'Alarcon in lobby at 1600 on 11 Dec. 3. PLS give Raynock envelopes received from NIEXIT per ref MEXI 7306 (IN 76585). Envelope addresses to Bodewig not for WAVE and suggest NIEXIT-3 mail this from MEXI. If N-3 would like WAVE mail from Miami, will be glad do so..."

104-10076-10356: JMWAVE CABLE - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS.

12/11/63, Cable from JMWAVE to Director: Page 3: ..."II. A. FI. Operational Developments: 1. Commo instructor Martin C. Tarters proceeding MEXI 11 Dec to train AMSTONE-1 in OWVL and two-way medium speed transmitting. 2. AMWEE-1/Czech embassy chauffeur Bohumil Jirkal departed WAVE area for MEXI and plans return Cuba 13 Dec. Timothy A. Capriott hand carrying agent commo gear and instructions which AMWEE-1 will take Cuba for caching..."

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Gavin McDonald • Bill Simpich

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