Remembering CIA Monique N. Lewis (October 29, 1946 – April 18, 1983) — [2019]

“We gather here today in recognition of Women’s History Month.  At this time, it seems only fitting that we remember our own.We honor today four of our women who made that supreme sacrifice: Barbara A. Robbins, Phyllis Nancy Faraci, Monique N. Lewis, and Deborah Marie Hixon.”

Tribute to Women Who Have Died

“They devoted their hearts and minds to a mission unlike any other, at an agency unlike any other, serving on the world’s most dangerous frontiers to defend our people, defeat our adversaries, and advance our freedoms. Their words and deeds will inspire us forever, and their service and sacrifice will never be forgotten.”

CIA Director David Petraeus (2012 Annual Memorial Ceremony)

The Memorial Wall is a memorial at the Central Intelligence Agency headquarters in Langley, Virginia. It honors CIA employees who died in the line of service. There are 129 stars carved into the white Alabama marble wall. Eleven represent women.

April 18 2019 — Monique Lewis was just hours into her first day as a CIA officer when a suicide bomber attacked the U.S. Embassy in Beirut in 1983. Her husband, James Lewis, a paramilitary officer there, was also killed. Follow us on Twitter: @Intel_Today

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James Foley Lewis, (29 February 1944—18 April 1983) joined the United States Army on 28 February 1962 and qualified as a Green Beret. In 1967 he was serving with the MIKE Force in South Vietnam.

Due to his experience in covert paramilitary operations, Lewis was recruited into the CIA in 1970.

Following his return from Vietnam, Lewis attended George Washington University where he studied French literature, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in 1977. During this time he met Monique Nuet, a Vietnamese-born pharmacologist and they were married in 1977.

In 1979 Lewis undertook Arabic language training in preparation for assignment to the Middle East. He was first assigned to Tunis and was then transferred to Beirut on temporary assignment on August 13 1982.

Lewis was appointed as Deputy Station Chief while his wife Monique gained security clearance and was due to start work as a CIA secretary on 18 April 1983.

Monique and James were killed on April 18 1983 when a suicide bomber detonated a bomb at the US Embassy in Beirut.

A total of 63 people were killed in the explosion including Robert Ames, Kenneth E. Haas — the CIA Lebanon station chief — and thirteen other Americans.

Monique and James Lewis are buried at Arlington National Cemetery. They were only acknowledged as CIA employees in 2012. They are memorialized on the CIA Memorial Wall.

“Monique  Lewis married an Agency employee and both were sent to Beirut. Monique told Agency friends how delighted she was at the prospect of working with her husband.

Tragically, Monique and her husband were killed— the first time that both a husband and wife employed by the Agency have died while in the service of the CIA.

Monique and James Lewis were only acknowledged as CIA employees in 2012.” [CIA Website]


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Director Leon E. Panetta Honors First Agency Officer Killed in Vietnam at (2011) Annual Memorial Ceremony

During the Agency’s annual memorial ceremony on Monday, May 23, (2011) Director Leon E. Panetta paid tribute to the first American woman killed in the Vietnam War.


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Remembering CIA’s Heroes: Barbara A. Robbins — CIA Website

Barbara Robbins: A slain CIA secretary’s life and death — WP

Tribute to Women Who Have Died — STUDIES IN INTELLIGENCE

CIA discloses names of 15 killed in line of duty — LA Times

CIA Holds Annual Memorial Ceremony to Honor Fallen Colleagues — CIA Website

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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


Keeping Secrets

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Silent Stars — The Washingtonian

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Remembering CIA Monique N. Lewis (October 29, 1946 – April 18, 1983)

Remembering CIA Monique N. Lewis (October 29, 1946 – April 18, 1983) — [2019]

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