CIA Book of Honor

“IN HONOR OF THOSE MEMBERS OF THE CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE SERVICE OF THEIR COUNTRY”

Memorial at the CIA Headquarters in Langley, Virginia

Currently, there are 133 stars carved into the marble of the CIA Memorial Wall. Many — 93 — are unclassified.

Who are those men and women? When did they die? Why are they honoured by a star?

In 1974,  the CIA dedicated the Memorial Wall with 31 stars in 1974 to honor those who had fallen since the Agency’s founding in 1947.

Douglas Mackiernan, the first star, died in 1950, but his name was only revealed in 2006.

Since the attacks of September 11 2001, 55 stars have been added to the Book of Honor and the Memorial Wall.

Why This Series?

Ted Gup is the author of the bestseller The Book of Honor, winner of the Investigative Reporters and Editors Book-of- the-Year Award. The book is a very good source of information.

However, Gup’s book was published in May 2001, and the number of stars on the CIA wall has almost doubled since then.

Many of these additional stars are nameless. But even the named ones have not been the object of a systematic study, let alone a book.

Methodology

When the CIA honor several officers with a star during the same ceremony, I have no way of knowing the star number of a given individual.

However, according to the CIA, Rachel Dean is star 87. (See: CIA Memorial Ceremony 2007.) I will therefore assume that — in such case — the stars are ranked according to the year of death. This may or may not be the methodology used by the CIA. For instance, they might use the number of years served at the Agency.

When several individuals have died on the same day (same event), I rank their stars by alphabetical order. Again, the CIA may use a different methodology.

Finally, whenever both classified and unclassified stars are added during one ceremony, I rank the classified stars last as it is likely that they relate to more recent events. Again, this is a logical choice but the CIA may use a different methodology.

Chronology : 2001 to 2019

On June 8 2001, the CIA formally commemorated the 78th star on its Memorial Wall, honoring former Agency officer Tucker Gougelmann, who died in Vietnam in the summer of 1976 after 11 months of torture.

RELATED POST: The CIA Book of Honor — Star 78 : Tucker Gougelmann

CIA Memorial Ceremony May 31 2002 — 1 star (79)

RELATED POST: The CIA Book of Honor — Star 79 : Johnny Micheal Spann

??? 2003 ???

RELATED POST: The CIA Book of Honor — Star 80 : Helge Philipp Boes

CIA Memorial Ceremony 2004 — 3 new stars (83)

RELATED POST: The CIA Book of Honor — Star 81 : Gregg Wenzel

RELATED POST: The CIA Book of Honor — Stars 82 & 83 : Christopher Glenn Mueller and William “Chief” Carlson

2005 and 2006 — No ceremonies were held

CIA Memorial Ceremony 2007 — 4 new stars (87)

RELATED POST: The CIA Book of Honor — Star 84 : James McGrath (October 24, 1927 – January 1957)

RELATED POST: The CIA Book of Honor — Star 85 : Stephen Kasarda (c. 1930 – May 1 1960)

RELATED POST: The CIA Book of Honor — Star 86 : Gregory R. Wright (June 29 1973 – December 7 2005)

RELATED POST: The CIA Book of Honor — Star 87 : Rachel A. Dean (April 10 1981 – September 30 2006)

2008 — 2 new stars (89)

2009 — 1 new star  (90)

CIA Memorial Ceremony June 7 2010 — 12 new stars (102)

Five of the new stars honor those who have died in recent years while engaged in clandestine assignments.

Seven of the 12 new stars honor those killed in December 2009 in eastern Afghanistan.

91 — Harold Brown Jr.

92 — Elizabeth Hanson

RELATED POST: Ten Years Ago — Remembering CIA Elizabeth Hanson ( February 14 1979 – December 30 2009 )

93 — Darren LaBonte

94 — Jennifer Matthews

RELATED POST: Ten Years Ago — Remembering CIA Jennifer Matthews ( December 6 1964 – December 30 2009 )

95 — Dane Clark Paresi

96 — Scott Michael Roberson

97 — Jeremy Wise

98, 99, 100, 101, & 102– Classified

2011 — No Ceremony (???)

2012 — 1 new star (103)

103 — Classified [known to be Jeffrey R. Patneau]

2013 —  4 new stars (107 )

104, 105, 106 & 107 — Classified

2014 May 19 — 4 new stars (111) — Memorial Wall’s 40th anniversary

108 — Classified [known to be Glen A. Doherty]

109  — Classified [known to be Tyrone S. Woods]

110  — Classified

111 — Classified [known to be Ranya Abdelsayed]

RELATED POST: CIA Memorial Wall — The Mysterious Star : Ranya Abdelsayed (April 28 1979 – August 28 2013)

2015 May 18 — 2 new stars (113)

112 — Classified [known to be Nathan Chapman]

113 — Classified

CIA Memorial Ceremony May 2016 — 4 new stars (117)

RELATED POST: The CIA Book of Honor — Star 114 : James “Pete” McCarthy

RELATED POST: The CIA Book of Honor — Star 115 : Marcell Rene Gough (1965)

RELATED POST: The CIA Book of Honor — Star 116 : Ksawery “Bill” Wyrozemski (1967)

RELATED POST: The CIA Book of Honor — Star 117 : Charles Mayer (1968)

CIA Memorial Ceremony May 2017 — 8 new stars (125)

118 — David W. Bevan (Aug. 13, 1961)

119 — Darrell A. Eubanks (Aug. 13, 1961)

120 — John S. Lewis (Aug. 13, 1961)

RELATED POST: The CIA Book of Honor — Stars 118, 119 & 120 : David W. Bevan, Darrell A. Eubanks, and John S. Lewis

121 — Mark S. Rausenberger (The circumstances of his death remain classified.)

RELATED POST: The CIA Book of Honor — Star 121 : Mark S. Rausenberger (November 7, 1967 – May 23, 2016)

122, 123, 124 & 125 — Classified

CIA Memorial Ceremony May 2018 — 4 new stars (129)

126, 127, 128 & 129 — Classified

CIA Memorial Ceremony May 2019 — 4 new stars (133)

130 — Daniel Dennett

131 — John Creech

132 & 133 — Classified

TIMELINE

July 1974 — The Memorial Wall is created; 31 stars chiseled into the marble.

1987 —  First Memorial Ceremony is held with Deputy Director Robert M. Gates presiding;  number of stars on the wall has grown to 50.

1997 — 70 stars, 29 of which had names

2002 — 79 stars

????  —  80 stars

2004 — 83  stars

2005 and 2006 — No ceremonies were held

2007 — 4 new stars

2009 — 90  stars

2010 — 12 new stars (102)

2013 — 107  stars

2014 — 111  stars

2016 — 117  stars

May 2017 — 8 new stars; 125 stars chiseled into the wall

May 2018 — 4 new stars; 129 stars

May 2019 — 4 new stars; 133 stars

Statistics by cause since 9/11

Killed in combat :: 79 – 82 – 83 – 86 = (4)

Training exercise :: 80 = (1)

Travel accidents :: 81 – 87 – 114 – 115 – 116 – 117 = (6)

Other accidents :: 84 (electrocuted) – 85 (electrocuted) = (2)

Classified :: 121 = (1)

These statistics only include the list of stars I have discussed so far.

REFERENCES

CIA Remembers Employees Killed in the Line of Duty  (May 21 2004) — CIA Website

CIA Adds Four Stars to Memorial Wall (May 21, 2007) — CIA Website

CIA Honors Fallen Colleagues (June 7, 2010) — CIA Website

Memorial for CIA’s Fallen Marks Somber 40-Year Anniversary (2014) — ABC NEWS

After 13 years, CIA honors Green Beret killed on secret Afghanistan mission (2015) –WP

CIA Honors its Fallen in Annual Memorial Ceremony — CIA official website (2017)

CIA Pays Tribute to its Fallen in Annual Memorial Ceremony — CIA Website (2018)

RELATED POST: CIA Honors its Fallen in Annual Memorial Ceremony [May 21 2019]

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CIA Book of Honor

Posted on 2020/02/07

Updated on 2020/02/10