The CIA Book of Honor — Stars 130 & 131 : Daniel Dennett and John Creech [Ethiopia — March 20, 1947]

“We honor the men and women of this Agency who perished in the line of duty. The cause to which they devoted their lives — the freedom and safety of Americans — endures.”

CIA Director Gina Haspel (May 21 2019)

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 133 stars carved into the white Alabama marble wall.

On May 21 2019, the Central Intelligence Agency held its annual memorial ceremony to pay tribute to the men and women of CIA who have died in the line of duty. Four stars were added to the Memorial Wall. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY

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A special page  “CIA Book of Honor” has been created.

This will allow you to find easily the references to the stars we have already written about. I will try to keep this page up to date.

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Daniel Dennett and John Creech were flying in a twin-engine aircraft on an operation for the Central Intelligence Group — the immediate precursor to the CIA — when their plane crashed into a mountain in the Horn of Africa in 1947. [Ethiopia — March 20, 1947]

When the wall went up in 1974, they were excluded because they were considered not technically part of the CIA.

Two other new stars honor officers whose names and contributions remain classified.

There are now 133 stars on the wall. (I believe that the CIA did not organize an annual ceremony in May 2020, probably because of the ongoing pandemic.)

Please, note that 20 stars were added to the wall from May 2016 to May 2019.

And at least nine of these last 20 stars [114 (May 2016) – 115 – 116 – 117 – 118 – 119  – 120  – 130 – 131 (May 2019)] resulted from travel accidents.

In May 2019, retired CIA historian Nicholas Dujmovic wrote:

“There’s been an erosion of understanding in CIA leadership for at least two decades about what the wall is for and who is it that we’re commemorating.”

Indeed, when this project is completed, it will be interesting to compare the statistics before and after 9/11.

The Crash of Flight 3804 by Charlotte Dennett

In 1947, Daniel Dennett, America’s sole master spy in the Middle East, was dispatched to Saudi Arabia to study the route of the proposed Trans-Arabian Pipeline. It would be his last assignment. A plane carrying him to Ethiopia went down, killing everyone on board. Today, Dennett is recognized by the CIA as a “Fallen Star” and an important figure in US intelligence history. Yet the true cause of his death remains clouded in secrecy.

In The Crash of Flight 3804, investigative journalist Charlotte Dennett digs into her father’s postwar counterintelligence work, which pitted him against America’s wartime allies—the British, French, and Russians—in a covert battle for geopolitical and economic influence in the Middle East. Through stories and maps, she reveals how feverish competition among superpower intelligence networks, military, and Big Oil interests have fueled indiscriminate attacks and targeted killings that continue to this day—from Jamal Khashoggi’s murder to drone strikes.

The book delivers an irrefutable indictment of these devastating forces and how the brutal violence they incite has shaped the Middle East and birthed an era of endless wars.

The Crash of Flight 3804 provides important context for understanding the region, while bringing new questions to the fore:

To what lengths has the United States negotiated with the Taliban, Al Qaeda, and ISIS to secure Big Oil’s holdings in Syria, Iraq, and Yemen?

Was the Pentagon’s goal of defeating ISIS a fraudulent pretext for America’s occupation of Syrian eastern provinces and a land grab for oil?

What part does Ukraine play in the energy-dominance struggle between the US and Russia?

Did the infamous double agent Kim Philby, who worked for the British while secretly spying for the Russians, have anything to do with Dennett’s death?

Why have the US and China made North Africa the next major battleground in the Great Game for Oil?

Part personal pilgrimage, part deft critique, Dennett’s insightful reportage examines what happens to international relations when oil wealth hangs in the balance and shines a glaring light on what so many have actually been dying for.

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  – 130 – 131 = (11)

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

Classified :: 121 = (1)

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

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 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.

REFERENCES

CIA Pays Tribute to Its Fallen in Annual Memorial Ceremony — CIA Website

The Crash of Flight 3804 by Charlotte Dennett

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The CIA Book of Honor — Stars 130 & 131 : Daniel Dennett and John Creech [Ethiopia — March 20, 1947]

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