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Pseudonym: Palinger, James

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Unknown identity. James R. Palinger worked with Arthur G. Vaivada (Ross Crozier), Nelson L. Raynock (Henry Hecksher), Wallace A. Growery (Earl Williamson) and Sherwood P. Rochon (William B. Caldwell) in Havana in the late 1950's.
AMHAWK (Tony Varona) was first introduced to James R. Palinger and Earl Williamson by a contact of Palinger's in May, 1957.

Palinger put his name to a dispatch in January of 1958 from Chief of Station (COS), Havana, and mentioned that he had met and began working with Ross Crozier in August, 1955.

104-10295-10168: DISPATCH

02/21/57: Air dispatch from COS, Habana to Chief, WHD: Subject: General - Administrative. Specific - Arthur G. Vaivada: Signed by James R. Palinger.


11/07/57: Air dispatch from COS, Habana to Chief, WHD: Handwritten top right: Mr. Dahlgren: "1. Attached herewith is a memorandum prepared by the Subject, dated 29 October 1957, calling the attention of Headquarters to the fact that his assignment in Habana terminates in June 1958 and setting out his wishes as to reassignment thereafter. 2. While Vaivada did not include it in his memorandum, in recent conversations with the case officer he has expressed considerable interest in the possibility of being assigned under (REDACTION) to Spain saying that both he and his wife would welcome such an assignment. The Subject also said in those circumstances that he would not take it amiss if an opportunity for reassignment outside of the Central American-Caribbean area were to become open to him at any time prior to June 1958. 3. In the opinion of the Station, Vaivada has done a very good job, here, having been confronted with and overcome a number of difficult problems and situations during his tour of over three years in Habana. The Station is happy to recommend that his request for reassignment be given every consideration. James R. Palinger." - - - June 27, 2023 release: https://www.archives.gov/files/research/jfk/releases/2023/104-10215-10003.pdf


01/30/58: Air dispatch from COS, Habana to Chief, WHD: Subject: General - Operational. Specific - Arthur G. Vaivada: "1. In a conversation with the writer on 23 January 1958 Mr. and Mrs. Arthur G. Vaivada volunteered information that may be of interest to Headquarters in regard to paragraph 3 of reference (a)...6. The writer met and began working with Vaivada (Ross Crozier) in August 1955, and during this entire time the latter has never mentioned a former marriage of his wife...(Signed) James R. Palinger."

104-10215-10214: COLLECTED DOCUMENTS:CROZIER, ROSS, 201-168881

04/10/58: Dispatch via Air Pouch from COS, Habana to Chief, WHD: Subject: General - Operational/Arthur G. Vaivada. Specific - Commendation for Successful Completion of Mission to Sierra Maestra: "1. The writer wishes to commend Station and Base personnel whose work contributed to the successful preparation, mounting, and execution of the clandestine operation that recently placed a KUBARK (CIA) Career Agent, Arthur G. Vaivada (Ross Crozier), in the Sierra Maestra headquarters of Dr. Fidel Castro Ruz for sixteen days in March 1958. This mission resulted in acquisition by KUBARK of considerable important and timely information regarding the Castro revolutionary movement that was being urgently requested by customer agencies. In the writer's opinion the operation was a team effort. Giving credit to the staff personnel will in no way detract from the praiseworthy performance of Vaivada himself. 2. With regard to Vaivada the personal courage and professional ability as an intelligence officer demonstrated on this mission were of the highest order and should be highly commended. Headquarters is aware, as is the Station, that Vaivada is desirous of acquiring staff agent status with KUBARK. The writer believes that his desires in this respect should be given consideration as part of any action taken in recognition of Vaivada's services in the subject operation. 3. Station and Base personnel directly concerned with laying on this operation, arranging for proper briefing and support of Vaivada, and recovering him securely when he left the Sierra Maestras, were Humphrey I. Eberwein, James R. Palinger, and Nelson L. Raynock (Henry Hecksher). Sherwood P. Rochon (William Caldwell)."


Undated: CIA document: ..."37. First introduced to James R. Palinger and Wallace A. Growery (Earl Williamson) by a contact of Palinger's in May 1957. Has been under development since that time..." - - - Note that handwritten note at right hand side has been completely unredacted. Appears as if "Frau Marsal" or something close to that has been unredacted.

John Newman • MFF

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