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Pseudonym: Schmidt

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Definition:
Schmidt was an operational alias for Miami CIA officer Walter Koch in 1961 when working with Evelio Duque.
Category:
alias
Status:
Documented
Discussion:
Walter Koch worked with Thomas Hewitt.
Sources:

104-10113-10174: INFORMATION ON DUQUE, EVELIO

06/15/61: Memo from Justin F. Gleichauf, Chief, Miami Field Office to Chief, Contact Division: "1. On 5 June 1961 at the request of WHD, Q. Maurice Hunsaker of the Miami Field Office acted as an interpreter in a debriefing interview with Evelio Duque, an Escambray resistance leader. Duque, an assistant, and an underground worker were brought to the US in a fishing launch. They arrived in Key West and were brought to Miami by the US Border Patrol. The interview was held in Border Patrol offices. Others present were Walter Koch of WHD and William McClair of Security. 2. The purpose of the interview was to secure some information in order to begin establishing whether or not the Subject was Evelio Duque as he claimed. The Subject did not provide detailed accurate information. He talked in generalities, and he was loathe to provide names. The interview lasted about two hours...5. I returned to Border Patrol at 0930 hours on 6 June 61. The members of the group were photographed and filled out PRQ statements. Koch and a Mr. Hewitt were present. It was evident that my services as an interpreter-debriefer were not needed. I gave Koch a copy of the notes I had made the previous day and left..."

104-10169-10181: OPERATIONAL ALIAS OF JMWAVE OFFICERS.

06/28/61: Memo to Chief, Support, JMWAVE (Through: Chief, PM; Chief, Security): "1. The following names have been given out by JMWAVE officers to a Cuban agent: (handwritten: Evelio Duque and Marcelino Garcia). OTTO - Thomas Hewitt. SCHMIDT - Walter Koch. 2. The agent has been given an unlisted telephone number...and will call his WAVE contact using the above alias."

104-10112-10250: COVER AND DOCUMENTATION

Circa late 1961: List of Personnel Currently Assigned Wave Headquarters Previously Prior Cover Unit (DEPEW Cover): "DUBOIS, Rene - 5 Sept '60 - 19 Aug '61 - (Operations Officer). CHELLINO, Samuel - 16 June '60 - 2 Sep '61 - (Administrative Officer). KOCH, Walter - 6 Mar '61 - 19 Aug '61. (Operations Officer). WYNN, Marea - 19 Sep '60 - 19 Aug '61 - (Administrative Assistant). VAUGHAN, Marian - 23 Nov '60 - 10 Jul '61 - (Stenographer). SHINE, Suvan - 27 Dec '60 - 19 Aug '61 - (Intell Assistant). O'REILLY, Edward T. - 8 Jan '61 - 19 Aug '61 - (Finance Assistant). HEWITT, Thomas - 12 Jan '61 - 19 Aug '61 - (Operations Officer). PIEPER, Stella - 1 Feb '61 - 30 Aug '61 - (Administrative Assistant). MALIENECKI, Ladislao - 27 Dec '60 - 30 Aug '61 - (Operations Officer). CROZIER, Ross - 4 Sep '60 - 30 Aug '61 - (Operations Officer). DEAN, Paul - 25 Nov '60 - 19 Aug '61 - (Finance Officer). FARNSWORTH, Glenn - 25 Nov '60 - 19 Aug '61 - (Operations Officer). HARRINGTON, William - 31 Oct '60 - 19 Aug '61 - (Operations Officer). MATTSON, Mary Grace - 4 Dec '60 - 19 Aug '61 - (Operations Officer). MCCLARE, William - 29 Dec '60 - 30 Aug '61 - (Security Officer). EARHART, Roy - 28 June '61 - 19 Aug '61 - (Mail and File Clerk). SKOFF, Joseph - 29 May '61 - 19 Aug '61 - (Budget Officer)."

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