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Pseudonym: Tattersfield, James

Definition:
Bob Simon. An article by former CIA paramilitary officer, Rudy Enders, in August, 2010, stated that "Bob Simon was a former Navy underwater demolitions team (UDT) officer and a product of Massachusetts Maritime Academy."
Category:
pseudonym
Status:
Speculative
Discussion:
A dispatch in January, 1964, on AMBIDDY-1's Orientation stated that Tattersfield was due to take two courses related to UDT (Introduction to Clandestine UDT Operations and UDT Operational Planning Techniques). In addition, a memo in November, 1964, from James D. Tattersfield, Paramilitary case office of AMDECK-1, stated that the latter was reporting "regularly on the activities of Santiago Alvarez Rodriguez and his son Santiago Alvarez Fernandez. AMDECK/1 is a close friend of Santiago Alvarez Fernandez."
Sources:

104-10241-10087: DISPATCH: AMBIDDY-1 ORIENTATION PROGRAM

01/09/64, Dispatch from COS, JMWAVE to Chief, Special Affairs Staff: Page 5: "ORIENTATION PROGRAM: Program Period: 6-18 January 1964. Total Hours: 83: "PERIOD: ..."13 January: 0900-1200: SUBJECT: Introduction to Clandestine UDT Operations: INSTRUCTOR: Tattersfield. INTERPRETER: Yasuinas. 1300-1500: SUBJECT: UDT Operational Planning Techniques: INSTRUCTOR: Tattersfield. INTERPRETER: Yasuinas..."

104-10162-10391: MEMORANDUM FOR THE RECORD: PM SOURCE OF INFORMATION RE ALVAREZ, SANTIAGO RODRIGUEZ

11/25/64, Memorandum for the record from James D. Tatterfield, PM Case Officer: "AMDECK/1, a P/A handled by Tattersfield of PM Branch, reports regularly on the activities of Santiago Alvarez Rodriguez and his son Santiago Alvarez Fernandez. AMDECK/1 is a close friend of Santiago Alvarez Fernandez."

https://www.air-america.org/articles.html

08/25/2010, Article by Rudy Enders: Titled: With the CIA in Vietnam: Page 2: ..."We were handed tickets in Miami. Our group included me, Mike Nolan, Bill Watkins, and Bob Simon. Mike was an old Southeast Asia hand. He had been recruited during the Korean War when the Agency hired all the paramilitary officers they could find. Being a former professional football player with the Los Angeles Rams, Mike met the recruiting criteria; strong, aggressive and brave. However, like all quick-start programs, most of these contract officers were axed when the Korean War ended. Mike, however, survived and was sent to Laos. Afterwards, he spent many years in hardship posts usually reserved for what insiders call 'knuckle draggers.' A term Agency Foreign Intelligence (FI) officers coined to advertise their intellectual superiority compared to rough and tumble paramilitary types like Mike Nolan. Bill Watkins came to CIA from the Marine Corps... He had been pilot and was selected for the elite spy career trainee (CT) program. Miami was his first assignment where he served as a paramilitary operations officer. Bob Simon was a former Navy underwater demolitions team (UDT) officer and a product of Massachusetts Maritime Academy. He was the one who convinced me earlier to stay aboard during the Cuban show. Although the four of us came from different backgrounds, we were now heading in the same direction." https://www.air-america.org/files/documents/reviernam_1.pdf

https://www.air-america.org/articles.html

08/25/2010, Article by Rudy Enders: Titled: With the CIA in Vietnam: Page 13: ..." On my next trip to Saigon, I contacted, Major Curt Terry at MAC/SOG, a classmate of mine in 1957 at the US Navy Underwater Swimmers School in Key West. When I asked for help, he magically produced six new PRC-25 radios with enough batteries to last a month. He also said his Special Forces men were available, if needed. I would later take him up on this offer..." https://www.air-america.org/files/documents/reviernam_1.pdf

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