In yesterday’s blog post, I failed to mention that Maryland Public Television misidentifies me in the travelling exhibit soon to be in Denton and Crisfield, Maryland. In an earlier post, I explained what happened:
In 2013, Maryland Public Television (MPT) chose me to be among the sixteen veterans they featured in the three-part Vietnam war documentary to be aired in 2016. When they first interviewed me in 2014, my connection with the National Security Agency during my years in Vietnam was still classified. So I simply didn’t mention who my parent organization was. MPT found photos of me in various uniforms and finally concluded that I must have been an army officer. They produced eight-foot banners on each of us vets to be displayed in their travelling exhibit. Mine shows two of those shots of me in two different uniforms and proclaims that I was an army intelligence officer.
After the final declassification of my work in Vietnam in 2016, I informed MPT of my true status. It was too late. The documentary was already scheduled for broadcast in June. The traveling exhibit, still touring throughout Maryland, shows me as an army officer.
End of quote. I have trouble to this day explaining that during the thirteen years I was trundling between the U.S. and Vietnam, I was an NSA civilian operating under cover. I posed as soldier sometimes, a Marine at other times. After the withdrawal of military forces in 1973, my cover, at various times, was as a foreign service officer working for the State Department and as an employee of CIA. As far as I know, neither uncleared friendlies nor the enemy ever discovered my real identity.
During my Vietnam years, I never used a phony name. That came later, but those stories are still classified.