“There are now 125 stars on our Memorial Wall, each representing a life that is dear to us, and will be for all time. We remain forever devoted to them, as they were to us. And we will strive to make them proud of us, as we are of them.”
CIA Director Mike Pompeo — May 22 2017
“During the time I wrote this diary, I was a Sergeant and a Medic in the U.S. Army. My main function in the military was as a Medic and a Treatment NCO. This is a multi task job. I was certified to suture, do inor surgeries, dispense medication, triage patients, and a lttle bit of everything else. I worked the medical side of the house as well as leading and supervising other medics.”
A Somalia Journal — Mark S. Rausenberger (1995)
On May 22 2017, the Central Intelligence Agency held its 30th annual memorial ceremony. The ceremony began in 1987 and is attended each year by hundreds of employees, retirees, and family members of those who died in service with the CIA. Eight stars were added to the Memorial Wall in 2017, bringing — at the time — to total number to 125. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY
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Eight stars were added to the Memorial Wall in 2017, bringing — at the time — to total number to 125.
“CIA dedicated the Memorial Wall with 31 stars in 1974 to honor those who had fallen since the Agency’s founding in 1947. There are now 125 stars on the wall.
Three of the stars added on Monday pay tribute to the lives of David W. Bevan, Darrell A. Eubanks, and John S. Lewis. They came to the Agency by way of the Smokejumpers – brave firefighters who parachute into remote areas to combat wildfires.
CIA has benefited from the service of many former Smokejumpers, including for its Air America program. All three men died when their plane crashed while carrying out a mission in Laos in 1961.
A fourth star was added to honor Mark S. Rausenberger, an Agency officer of eighteen years, who died while serving overseas. The circumstances of his death remain classified.
The names of the other four individuals honored with newly-carved stars this year remain classified.
In his remarks to those assembled before the Memorial Wall, Director Pompeo said, “there are now 125 stars on our Memorial Wall, each representing a life that is dear to us, and will be for all time. We remain forever devoted to them, as they were to us. And we will strive to make them proud of us, as we are of them.”
During the ceremony, Director Pompeo presented the families of the fallen officers with a marble replica of their loved one’s star.”
Star 121 : Mark S. Rausenberger (November 7, 1967 – May 23, 2016)
Mark Rausenberger was an Army Veteran. He had extensive U.S. Government medical, security, and intelligence experience.
Rausenberger served in combat zones and hot spots all over the world including Afghanistan, Iraq, and Somalia.
Rausenberger worked at the CIA for 18 years and died while serving overseas.
Details about the circumstances of his death are classified, but a notice from a funeral home in Virginia said Rausenberger died on May 23, 2016, while working in the Philippines.
During a conference held at Texas A&M (April 15, 2019 ), Mike Pompeo stated:
“Mark S. Rausenberger was an exceptionally accomplished officer, a veteran who had served with CIA for 18 years when he died last year while on a classified assignment.
He was a dedicated patriot and a courageous warrior—creative, calm, and resolute in a crisis.
Mark was also a loving husband and father who cherished his family.”
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 – 118 – 119 -120 = (9)
Other accidents :: 84 (electrocuted) – 85 (electrocuted) = (2)
Classified :: 121 = (1)
These statistics only include the list of stars I have discussed so far.
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 CIA records, Rachel Dean is star #87. Therefore, I will 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 die on the same day (same event), I rank their stars by alphabetical order. Again, the CIA may use a different methodology.
CIA Honors its Fallen in Annual Memorial Ceremony — CIA official website (2017)
The CIA Book of Honor — Star 121 : Mark S. Rausenberger (November 7, 1967 – May 23, 2016)