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Pseudonym: Rodgers, Robert

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Definition:
Al Cox. Robert Rodgers was an alias for Robert Reynolds. Reynolds was a pseudonym for Al Cox.
Category:
alias
Status:
Documented
Discussion:
A memo on May 6, 1960, from DC/WH/4 stated "I used the name 'Robert Rodgers' with Varona. Since AMWAIL-3 (Jose Joaquin Sanjenis Perdomo) was also in town, had seen me the preceding day and also knows me as 'Rodgers' this looked like the best alias." In addition, a "Mr. Rodgers" worked with the DRE from at least November of 1961 to at least April of 1962.

Al Cox used a number of different pseudonyms and aliases, including Robert Reynolds, Robert Davis, Robert Vincent, and Eric D. Rodick.

A memo from Jake Esterline on May 2, 1960, stated that Robert Reynolds was Deputy Chief, WH/4. The memo on May 6, 1960, mentioned above, was from the same officer, who stated he used the name "Robert Rodgers." Therefore, Robert Rodgers was an alias for Robert Reynolds. Reynolds was a pseudonym for Al Cox.

A dispatch from Chief, WH Division, to Chief of Station (COS), JMWAVE, on February 2, 1962 (with "DRE" written at the top right) stated that "during your recent TDY to Headquarters, you requested all available information regarding a young Cuban named (REDACTION) who talked to Identity 1." The COS at JMWAVE at this time was possibly still Al Cox, who was coming towards the end of his time in that position. According to a document in April of 1977, Ted Shackley replaced Cox in April of 1962, and served as COS, JMWAVE, until 1965.
Sources:

Official History of the Bay of Pigs Operation, Volume III: Evolution of CIA's Anti-Castro Policies, 1959 - January 1961 Current Section: D. Memorandum for Assistant Deputy Directfor for Plans - Action from J.D. Esterline, 2 May 60

05/02/60 memo from Esterline to ADDP: "The attached chart on liaison with other agencies of the US government on JMARC activities is restricted to those contacts that are made on a regular basis, such as the weekly meeting with the Dept. of State, and to offices which we must contact quite frequently to solicit their support such as the INS...through Raymond Millard (Mallard?), the Agency is in close touch with CINCLANT in Norfolk. Robert Reynolds, Deputy Chief, WH/4, has briefed selected senior officers on JMARC 4. Mr. Reynolds is the selected CIA alternate for the CINCLANT force under provisions of the Contingency Operations Plan for Cuba."

104-10261-10017: MEMO:MEETING WITH DR MANUEL ANTONIO VARONA ON 5 MAY IN NEW YORK CITY

05/06/60: Memo for the record from Withheld, DC/WH/4: Page 6: ..."COVER: 22. I used the name 'Robert Rodgers' with Varona. Since AMWAIL-3 (Jose Joaquin Sanjenis Perdomo) was also in town, had seen me the preceding day and also knows me as 'Rodgers' this looked like the best alias."

John Newman, Countdown to Darkness, p. 138

Pre-September 1960: "Another valuable identification becomes apparent in the fallout from the Miami security flap. It concerns the identity of the JMASH Chief of Base (COB). For years I have wondered who the first COB was inasmuch as Al Cox (aka Robert Reynolds) did not arrive to take over that job until September or October of 1960. The security investigation report speicified that exhibit #2 was the memorandum prepared by the COB. It provided details about arrangements before the incident...The name of the COB is in the clear in exhibit #2, Raymond J. O'Mara, and in his memorandum O'Mara explains that both he and Droller were on the plane to Washington. Droller's Exhibit 8 indicates that he checked out of the motel 'at about 16:45', and Karnley/Reichardt's exhibit #4 indicates that the time of his phone conversation with the FBI began at 'the hour of 16:30'. These details fit well enough with the details in the security investigation report to firmly establish that Raymond O'Mara was the JMASH COB. Exhibit #4 is helpful for another reason. Karnley/Reichardt said he 'tried unsuccessfully to reach Parlett and Reelfoot' as they 'had already departed for Washington'. Wallace A. Parlett is a proven pseudonym for Gerry Droller...Therefore, Reelfoot is a pseudonym for O'Mara. His full pseudonym - Alan W. Reelfoot - can also be found in the JMASH COB on an 11 July 1960 JMASH dispatch. (See 104-10193-10419).

0-0-0: MEMORANDUM OF DRE RELATIVE TO ITS MILITARY CONTACTS AND TRA

11/27/61: Memo from Bernabe Pena, DRE Military Coordinator and Carlos Hernandez, Responsible for the Clandestine (Spanish to English translation): "Taking into account the latest discrepancies with our contact (Roger)...1. In the meeting held on the 23rd of the current month, Mr. Roger with Messrs. Jose M. Lasa and Julio Hernandez Rojo (note: AMHINT-40) informed them that our telegraph operator, Mr. Giraud, was unable to go to Cuba and had an illness..." (more references to "Mr. Rodgers" in this memo).

104-10171-10021: WITHHELD

02/02/62: Dispatch from Chief, WH Division to COS, JMWAVE: Subject: JMZIP/Operational REDACTION (note: "DRE" was handwritten on top right of dispatch): "1. During your recent TDY to Headquarters, you requested all available information regarding a young Cuban named (REDACTION) who talked to Identity 1. 2. Identity 2 met with (REDACTION) and Identity 1 on 2 October 1961. Identity 1, apparently, had been requested by Subject's uncle, a Cuban official in (REDACTION) to meet with (REDACTION) who had recently departed from Cuba under a safe conduct agreement. 3. During the conversation (REDACTION) talked about his uncle, an old school friend of Identity 1 and, also, Subject's father, a minor Cuban Government official also stationed in (REDACTION). Both the uncle and father were in disagreement with the Castro Government and there was some indication that one or both were willing to defect...4. After this relatively short talk in Identity 1's office, Subject and Identity 2 went into a conference room where he saw Identity 2 papers dealing with the organization and purpose of the DRE (which were already available) and said he would work with the students in the future. (REDACTION) also expressed a wish to go to Switzerland for the purpose of informing the International Red Cross group there of inhumane treatment of Cuban political prisoners. 5. In parting, Identity 2 had a distinct impression that Subject had not really accomplished the primary objective of his visit, and as he was returning to Miami, the foregoing was passed to Identity 3. 6. For further information on Subject refer to WAVE-8363, 9 Oct 61; DIR-17475, 12 Oct 61; and DIR-23974, 14 Nov 61. Also, see copy of GNVA-1631 (Attachment 2)."

1994.04.12.15:47:41:690005: Reel 26, Folder E - DRE.

04/09/62: Dispatch from Chief, Task Force W, to COS, JMWAVE: Subject: Operational (REDACTION): "Attached herewith is a copy of a report of interview with Subject by a representative of (REDACTION) in Washington, D.C. Since Subject is associated with the DRE and has been in touch with a 'Mr. Rodgers,' this will be of particular interest to (REDACTION)." Originating Officer: (REDACTION), TFW/PA-PROP. Ext: 2766. Coordinating Officer: (REDACTION), C/TFW/PA-PROP. Releasing Officer: William K. Harvey, Chief, Task Force W.

104-10106-10013: DRAFT MATERIAL ON ROSELLI INVESTIGATION

04/07/77: CIA document from Phil Fendig to Ed Cohen: Page 4: "3. General Questions:...vii. The Miami Station (JMWAVE) was established in 1961 not 1960. Robert Davis served as COS from October 1961 to February 1962. He is now retired. Theodore Shackley served as COS from April 1962 to June 1965. John Dimmer (retired) served as COS from June 1965 to March 1967..." This would mean that Davis/Reingruber/Al Cox served as C/WH/4 until September 1961 and COS/JMWAVE from October 1961 to Feb. 1962.

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