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Pseudonym: Rachfield, Francis

Definition:
Unknown identity. Francis D. Rachfield was mentioned in CIA cables in December of 1963. Rachfield appeared to work with Matthew H. Chubb in Haiti.
Category:
pseudonym
Status:
Unknown
Discussion:
A cable from JMWAVE on December 13, 1963, noted "Francis D. Rachfield, 676418, picked up on JMDUSK payroll 16 December 1963 and will be paid semi-monthly gross cover salary £282.50 for 16 December - 31 December 1963." The Chief of Station (COS) "stated Rachfield EOO's as a staff agent effective 10 Nov 63."

Rachfield was a JMWAVE Reporting Officer in 1964 and 1965, and was described as a JMWAVE case officer in a cable in 1965.

Joan Mellon, in Our Man in Haiti, stated "CIA continued to remain close to Clemard Joseph Charles. His case officer in 1967 was named 'Francis D. Rachfield', alternate name 'Matthew H. Chubb'...a fragment of a Rachfield file on Charles covers the spring of 1967. On March 15, 1967, (Clemard) Charles requests of Rachfield, " if possible to pass a msg [message] out of channels directly to CHIEF LNPURE/US Embassy:' Rachfield notes that Charles was very pro-WOLADY/American." On the other hand, a cable from Port au Prince in June of 1967 stated "unfortunately Rachfield confined to home for one week due circulatory disturbance and Chubb has no access."
Sources:

104-10077-10284: CABLE: REQUEST FRANCIS D. RACHFIELD PROVIDE HEADQUARTERS WITH

12/05/63: Cable from Director to JMWAVE: "Request Francis D. Rachfield provide Headquarters with current local home address and duty telephone number." Authenticating Officer: Desmond FitzGerald.

104-10076-10171: JMWAVE CABLE LISTING LOCAL MIAMI ADDRESS OF SUBJECT

12/07/63: Cable from JMWAVE to Director: REF DIR 87135* "Subject ref local address 8940 SW 199 Street, Miami, Fla. Please notify approximate time arrival HHE, weight and cost. Also POE and arrival time POV. C/S Comment: *Provide HQs with Francis D. Rachfield current home address."

104-10076-10421: JMWAVE CABLE RE STAFF AGENT

12/13/63: Cable from JMWAVE to Director: DTEARN: REF: DIR 88524: "1. Francis D. Rachfield, 676418, picked up on JMDUSK payroll 16 December 1963 and will be paid semi-monthly gross cover salary £282.50 for 16 December - 31 December 1963. 2. Please submit a breakdown of salary for agent covering pay period 17 October - 9 November 1963 (handwritten: please RCVD 27) on unvouchered funds as staff employee. C/S Comment: *Stated Rachfield EOO's as a staff agent effective 10 Nov 63."

104-10217-10170: SUBJECT: POSSIBLE ESTABLISHMENT OF A MIAMI TRAINING BASE BY THE MRP-ALPHA 66-SFNE ALLIANCE

11/20/64: Report Cover Sheet from JMWAVE: Reporting Officer: Francis D. Rachfield. Reports Officer: Margaret R. Nankall. Approving Officer: Andrew K. Reuteman (Theodore Shackley): "Source: AMLAME-1 (Arturo Sueiras) in a report dated 9 November 1964."

104-10217-10288: FIELD INFORMATION REPORT AND REPORT COVER SHEET:1. BACKGROUND ON THE INFILTRATION OF ELOY GUTIERREZ MENOYO, SFNE MILITARY LEADER, INTO CUBA. 2. INTEREST OF THE SFNE IN ESTABLISHING A NEW, PERMANENT BA

04/21/65: Report Cover Sheet from JMWAVE: Reporting Officer: Francis D. Rachfield. Reports Officer: Margaret R. Nankall. Approving Officer: Andrew K. Reuteman (Theodore Shackley): "Source: AMLAME-1 (Arturo Sueiras) in unnumbered reports dated 15 and 22 March 1965, with paragraphs 1 - 6 from Zenen Castillo Rojas and paragraphs 7 - 10 from Aurelio Nazario Sargen."

104-10177-10185: PLAN HAVE WAVE CO FRANCIS D. RACHFIELD TDY HQS 19 JUL EN ROUTE REF A DEBRIEFING

07/15/65: Cable from JMWAVE to Director: Slugline TYPIC AMSHAM-1: "1. Plan have WAVE CO Francis D. Rachfield TDY HQs 19 Jul en route Ref A debriefing of La Paz. Will discuss Ref B use of AMSHAM-1 and if desired arrange meeting. 2. If convenient will also discuss Haitian exile activities with Haiti desk officers. *Rachfield will TDY WASH 19 July."

Joan Mellen, Our Man in Haiti, p. 247:

"CIA continued to remain close to Clemard Joseph Charles. His case officer in 1967 was named 'Francis D. Rachfield', alternate name 'Matthew H. Chubb'...a fragment of a Rachfield file on Charles covers the spring of 1967. On March 15, 1967, (Clemard) Charles requests of Rachfield, " if possible to pass a msg [message] out of channels directly to CHIEF LNPURE/US Embassy:' Rachfield notes that Charles was very pro-WOLADY/American..." One of Mellen's sources is 180-10142-10009, p. 3.

104-10164-10112: CHARLES, CLEMARD JOSEPH.

06/28/67: Cable from Port au Prince to Director (Info: Santo Domingo, JMWAVE): "1. Station agrees Charles life in imminent danger due his plotting and ambitions. Believe Charles placing hopes on American financial associates and U.S. Government to save him in case he is arrested. American flag now flying daily over central office of Commercial Bank. 2. Unfortunately Rachfield confined to home for one week due circulatory disturbance and Chubb has no access. Will arrange EVLEMON-2 who lives fairly close to make periodic neighborhood check. Daily drive-by past Charles house revealed nothing abnormal mornings 26 and 27 June. Also will ask embassy junior officer tenants of another Charles house to look in on him. 3. Legislative session afternoon 26 June promulgated stiff omnibus law on 'desertion' which could easily be used by Duvalier make arrest and execution Charles 'legal.'"

104-10069-10063: UPDATED LISTING OF TON TON MACOUTES.

11/16/67 cable from Chief of Station, Port au Prince, Matthew H. Chubb to C/WH, providing him with a list provided by the LNSHOE representative: "It should not be considered an organizational roster. This is merely a list of those Haitian civilians who Duvalier appears to favor above other members of the militia."

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