Posted: 6 April 2011; Updated: 16 April 2011
On the second weekend in March Birgitta and I traveled to the home of the US Army Corps. of Engineers at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, to participate in a documentary filming by London based film company ORTV. They had invited four surviving individuals, of which I was one, associated with Project Stopwatch/Gold, to be interviewed about their operational experience at the famous Berlin spy tunnel of 1955-56 during the Cold War. Below is a scan of a recent Los Alamos Monitor news release about the project.
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Los Alamos Monitor, March 27, 2011
This documentary is based on British historian David Stafford's 2002 book titled Spies Beneath Berlin, which I first became aware of in 2005 when one of my sons lent me his copy during the 2005 Salt Lake Sunstone Symposium. [See two previous blog sites here and here.] After I published an Amazon review of the book in 2005, other participants contacted me, one of which was John Quirk, another of the above mentioned four. Unfortunately missing was Colonel Robert Browne, who also contacted me after the Amazon review and who helped promote this film project, having participated in the Washington, D.C. side of the operation at the time I was in Berlin.
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|Cover page CIA Historical Paper|
Afterwards, we met individually in the auditorium foyer with those who had more personal questions or comments. One young officer, having noticed the Russian Orthodox Soldiers Cross around my neck, came over to me and said, "I notice you are a man of God. I want you to have this," whereupon he placed a medal in my hand, which I now carry in my pocket wherever I go.
|FLW medal side 1|
|FLW medal side 2|