Category Archives: CIA Memorial Wall

On This Day — Remembering CIA Ranya Abdelsayed (April 28 1979 – August 28 2013) [UPDATE : Why did they die?]

“I have no doubt Abdelsayed’s death was linked to the stresses of a dangerous assignment tracking Taliban members and other targets.” Former CIA Director John Brennan (May 2019) August 28 2020 — The daughter of Egyptian immigrants, Ranya Abdelsayed (04/28/1979) … Continue reading

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Remembering CIA Molly C. H. Hardy (Dec. 15 1946 – Aug. 7 1998) [2021]

“For a small cadre of CIA veterans, the death of Osama bin Laden was more than just a national moment of relief and closure. It was also a measure of payback, a settling of a score for a pair of … Continue reading

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CIA Memorial Wall — A quick note about the 37 classified stars

“The names of the remaining 37 officers must remain secret, even in death.” CIA Spokesperson June 5 2021 — The Memorial Wall is a memorial at the Central Intelligence Agency headquarters in Langley, Virginia. It honors CIA employees who died … Continue reading

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Two Years Ago — Washington Post Reveals 11th CIA Female Star Identity (May 20 2019)

“Dear Molly, Could you tell us how many stars on the Memorial Wall are known to represent women? Regards, Intel Today” Intel Today — Question to Molly Hale (Feb. 4 2019) May 20 2021 — On February 4 2019, CIA … Continue reading

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Remembering CIA Monique N. Lewis (October 29, 1946 – April 18, 1983) [2021]

“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. … Continue reading

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Remembering CIA Barbara A. Robbins (July 26, 1943 – March 30, 1965) — The Enduring Mystery of the Anonymous 1965 Star [2021]

“To this day, Barbara Robbins is the youngest officer memorialized on our Wall. She was the first American woman to die in Vietnam and the first woman in our Agency’s history to make the ultimate sacrifice.  Nine women since then … Continue reading

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On This Day — Remembering CIA Jacqueline K. Van Landingham (1962 – March 8 1995) [Why was Gary Durrell not honored with a Star?]

“An attack in Karachi, Pakistan, during which another NSA employee Gary C. Durrell was shot in March 1995  is believed to be related to Crypto AG.” MINERVA — A History [Released Feb. 11 2020] March 8 2021 — Jacqueline K. … Continue reading

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Two Years Ago — CIA Molly Hale Goes Digital (February 4 2019) [UPDATE : 11th Female Star Identity Revealed]

“Dear Molly, Could you tell us how many stars on the Memorial Wall are known to represent women? Regards, Intel Today” Intel Today — Question to Molly Hale (February 4 2019) February 4 2021 — On February 4 2019, CIA … Continue reading

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Remembering CIA Elizabeth Hanson (February 14 1979 – December 30 2009) [2020]

“Those who fell yesterday were far from home and close to the enemy, doing the hard work that must be done to protect our country from terrorism. We owe them our deepest gratitude, and we pledge to them and their … Continue reading

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Remembering CIA Leslianne Shedd (September 15 1968 – November 23 1996) [2020]

“When my sister Leslianne Shedd was killed in the 1996 crash of a hijacked Ethiopian Airlines plane, my family not only went into mourning. We also continued to keep a secret: Leslianne didn’t work for the U.S. State Department, as … Continue reading

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