“For a small cadre of CIA veterans, the death of Osama bin Laden was more than just a national moment of relief and closure. It was also a measure of payback, a settling of a score for a pair of deaths, the details of which have remained a secret for 13 years. Tom Shah and Molly Huckaby Hardy were among the 44 U.S. Embassy employees killed when a truck bomb exploded outside the embassy compound in Kenya in 1998.”
“Molly exemplified the valor and compassion that are hallmarks of our finest officers.”
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Molly C.H. Hardy died in the August 1998 suicide bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya. She was 51.
“Veteran officer Molly N. Hardy, moments before she was killed in the August 1998 suicide bombing of the US Embassy in Nairobi, used her keen situational awareness to warn colleagues to take cover.” [CIA Website]
[NOTE. Her full name is Molly Carol Huckaby Hardy. So, the CIA — see website — seems to be a mistaken regarding her middle name. ]
Hardy was a divorced mother from Valdosta, Georgia, who raised a daughter as she travelled to Asia, South America and Africa over a lengthy career.
At the CIA station in Kenya, she handled the office finances, including the CIA’s stash of money used to pay sources and carry out spying operations.
She was a new grandmother and was eager to get back home when Al Qaeda struck.
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The 1998 US Embassy Bomb in Nairobi, Kenya
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The Mystery of Jane Wallis Burrell: The First CIA Officer To Die in the Agency’s Service — CIA news & Information
Remembering CIA’s Heroes: Barbara A. Robbins — CIA Website
Tribute to Women Who Have Died — STUDIES IN INTELLIGENCE
REAGAN SAYS BLAST WON’T DETER PEACE EFFORTS — NYT 21 April 1983
Memorial Service 1983 — CIA Website
Remembering CIA’s Heroes: Jacqueline K. Van Landingham — CIA Website
U.S. Seeking 3 Gunmen In Karachi — NYT March 10 1995
Remembering CIA’s Heroes: Leslianne Shedd — CIA Website
CIA Adds Four Stars to Memorial Wall — CIA website May 21 2006
Khowst – 5 Years Later — Cia Website
Who was Elizabeth Hanson? — COLBY Magazine
Silent Stars — The Washingtonian
CIA : A Few Good Women — Molly C.H. Hardy (Dec. 15 1946 – Aug. 7 1998 )
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