posted on Dec, 2 2011 @ 03:28 PM
My grandfather was a Marine Corps pilot in WW2, he flew at first in the squadron that paraded Ted Williams around the USA as he was also a pilot that
TPTB didn't want to see KIA. By 1944 he was transfered to the south pacific where he flew F-4's off of an island. After the war he got into the
fledgling helicopter program and flew for the UN for most of the Korean war. I have some great 8mm footage from that time, peacetalks, battles, the
works. He said they used to watch battles from the air with both Korean and US staff officers on board. Neither side would try to shoot the chopper
because it could hold their own officers.
Anyway, after Korea he suddenly became a civilian contract pilot for the United Fruit Company and moved his family to Honduras. My grandmother aunt
and mom were there with him until the spring of 1954, when they had to leave rather quickly. He stayed for almost another year then came home to
Wisconsin where he joined the Army as the CO of an attack helicopter squadron, a position he held until his retirement.
My main question is this, was he working for the CIA? I recently was going through his awards and service memorabilia and found his government
service plaque, which lists 35 years of service to the US Government.
Which would mean he either worked 3 years after his retirement, or his time in Honduras was on the federal payroll.
My mom is more convinced than ever that he was doing a lot more than just spraying banana plants. She remembers late night meetings in their kitchen
with men in both suits and uniforms that she had never seen before. Also, he left Korea as a Captain, but when he joined the Army after the gap in
service he was a Major.
I've read a lot about the CIA involvement in the banana republics, but it's all bits and pieces. Anybody here know the history of this area at that
edit on 2-12-2011 by AGWskeptic because: (no reason given)