The Secret Lives and Deaths of CIA Operatives: Their Identities and Remarkable Stories (2000)

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Ted Gup (born September 14, 1950) is an author, journalist and professor known for his work on government secrecy, free speech and journalistic ethics. He is the author of three books, including The Book of Honor: Covert Lives and Classified Deaths at the CIA, which told the stories of previously unnamed CIA officers killed in the line of duty. His work has appeared in Slate, The Guardian, The Washington Post, National Geographic, Smithsonian, The New York Times, The Nation, NPR, GQ, and numerous other venues.

Barbara Annette Robbins (July 26, 1943[1] – March 30, 1965) was an American secretary employed by the Central Intelligence Agency. She was killed in a car bombing of the United States Embassy, Saigon. Robbins was the first female employee to be killed in action in the CIA's history, the first American woman killed in the Vietnam War and, as of 2012, the youngest CIA employee to die in action.[2]

Robbins was born in South Dakota and raised primarily in Colorado, where she received secretarial training at Colorado State University from 1961-1963. She joined the CIA soon after graduation, motivated by a desire to participate in efforts to combat communism. Robbins, who had not previously traveled outside the United States, volunteered for the assignment in Saigon.[2] When asked by her father Buford, a Navy veteran, about her decision, she reportedly told him: "When they [the Communists] get to West Colfax [a Denver neighborhood], mister, you'll wish you'd done something."[1]

On March 30, 1965, a car bomb exploded outside the embassy. Before the explosion, there was a confrontation between the driver and a policeman and Robbins went to the window of her second-story office to see what was happening; she was killed instantly. A Filipino storekeeper serving in the US Navy was killed, along with 19 Vietnamese.[1][3]

The CIA honored Robbins with a star on the Memorial Wall in its headquarters building in Langley, Virginia. The wall pays tribute to personnel killed while working for the agency. However, for many years the agency omitted Robbins' name from the display's Book of Honor, which lists the names of the slain employees, citing security concerns since Robbins was working under the guise of an employee of the State Department. In May 2011, CIA Director Leon Panetta announced that Robbins' name would be inscribed in the Book of Honor.[2] Robbins was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor First Class by South Vietnamese Foreign Minister Tran Van Do.[3]

Tepper Aviation, Inc. is based at the Bob Sikes Airport in Crestview, Florida. The company has a long association with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).[2][3] In the late 1980s and early 1990s, it was widely reported to be flying weapons into Angola to arm the UNITA rebels.[4] In 2005, the Council of Europe said it was investigating allegations that the CIA was using the company's aircraft to transport suspected terrorists through Europe.[5]

Tepper Aviation is a privately held aerospace company operating a fleet of Lockheed L-100 Hercules aircraft and is one of the largest civilian operators of L-100/L-382 aircraft.[6] The airlines ceased in 2006.

The Sơn Tây prison camp was a POW camp operated by North Vietnam near Sơn Tây and approximately 23 miles (37 km) west of Hanoi in the late 1960s through late 1970 and again in 1975. About 65 US prisoners of war were held there during the middle of the Vietnam War. It was later used to house foreigners captured in South Vietnam during the 1975 Spring Offensive.

In April/May 1975, the camp was returned to use when CIA agent James Lewis was brought here after being captured at Phan Rang Air Base on 16 April 1975 during the People's Army of Vietnam Spring Offensive.[2] Lewis was joined several months later by 13 others including Paul Struharik, an AID official captured at Ban Me Thuot, Australian journalist Peter Whitlock, graduate student Jay Scarborough and missionaries John and Carolyn Miller and their family. On 30 October 1975 the prisoners were transported by a UN-chartered C-47 to Vientiane, Laos and then on to Bangkok, Thailand.

The Son Tay Prison camp is not (as some gamers have stated) the basis for the Call of Duty Black Ops multiplayer map, "Hanoi". Rather, that "Hanoi" map is based on Hoa Lo, known as the Hanoi Hilton.

Hugh Francis Redmond (October 30, 1919 - April 13, 1970) was an American World War II paratrooper who later worked for the CIA in their storied Special Activities Division. He was in Shanghai disguised as an ice cream machine salesman from 1946 to 1951, returning intelligence information on the Communists.
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