August 7 2020 — The Memorial Wall is a memorial at the Central Intelligence Agency headquarters in Langley, Virginia. The wall honors CIA employees who died in the line of service. Today, there are 133 stars carved into the white Alabama marble wall. Eleven are known represent women. Follow us on Twitter: @Intel_Today
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UPDATE (August 7 2021) — On May 25 2021, the Central Intelligence Agency held its annual memorial ceremony to pay tribute to the men and women of the CIA who have died in the line of duty. Four stars were added to the Memorial Wall this year. The Memorial Wall now has 137 stars.
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According to the CIA, “37 remain classified, including the years, locations, and details of the work that led to the deaths.”
Prior to September 11 2001, 78 stars were chiseled into the CIA marble Memorial wall. 59 stars have been added since 9/11.
I believe that only 4 of the first 78 stars (pre 9/11 2001) are still classified to this day. You can check my post : The CIA Memorial Wall — The First 78 Stars .
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Molly C.H. Hardy died in the August 1998 suicide bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya. She was 51.
“Veteran officer Molly N. Hardy, moments before she was killed in the August 1998 suicide bombing of the US Embassy in Nairobi, used her keen situational awareness to warn colleagues to take cover.” [CIA Website]
[NOTE. Her full name is Molly Carol Huckaby Hardy. So, the CIA — see website — seems to be a mistaken regarding her middle name. ]
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A special page “CIA Book of Honor” has been created.
This page will allow you to find the references to the stars we have already written about. I will try to keep this page up to date.
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Hardy was a divorced mother from Valdosta, Georgia, who raised a daughter as she traveled to Asia, South America and Africa over a lengthy career.
At the CIA station in Kenya, she handled the office finances, including the CIA’s stash of money used to pay sources and carry out spying operations.
She was a new grandmother and was eager to get back home when Al Qaeda struck.
PS: Did you know Molly C. H. Hardy? Would you like to share a story? Just let us know.
The 1998 US Embassy Bomb in Nairobi, Kenya
Women of the CIA — Newsweek
The Mystery of Jane Wallis Burrell: The First CIA Officer To Die in the Agency’s Service — CIA news & Information
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
Phyllis (Nancy) Faraci — Human Rights & Democracy for Iran
REAGAN SAYS BLAST WON’T DETER PEACE EFFORTS — NYT 21 April 1983
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
Osama raid avenged CIA deaths, a secret until now — TODAY
CIA Adds Four Stars to Memorial Wall — CIA website May 21 2006
Khowst – 5 Years Later — Cia Website
Who was Elizabeth Hanson? — COLBY Magazine
Year Later, Some Details Emerge About CIA Officer Killed In Afghanistan — npr
Silent Stars — The Washingtonian
“Zero Dark Thirty” entertaining but inaccurate: ex-CIA agents — Reuters
CIA : A Few Good Women — Molly C.H. Hardy (Dec. 15 1946 – Aug. 7 1998 )
Remembering CIA Molly C. H. Hardy [Dec. 15 1946 – Aug. 7 1998]
Remembering CIA Molly C. H. Hardy (Dec. 15 1946 – Aug. 7 1998)