In response to the June 9 post about memories of the CIA in Miami, JFK Facts contributor Arnaldo Fernandez sent this photo of a group of Cuban frogmen shortly before the invasion at the Bay of Pigs.
“They started training on the Miami River aboard the WW II assault landing craft Blagar, which would be the command ship in the invasion. Their final trainer was CIA paramilitary operations officer Grayston Lynch,” Fernandez writes.
“According to Bradley Ayers, a U.S. Army officer assigned to JM/WAVE for undercover operations,” Fernandez goes on, “Grayston Lynch was one of the nine people based at the CIA Station in Miami, who would ‘have intimate operational knowledge of the circumstances surrounding the [Kennedy] assassination.’ The other eight, according to Ayres, were station chief Ted Shackley, David Sanchez Morales, Rip Robertson, Edward Roderick, Tony Sforza, Thomas Clines, Gordon Campbell, and Felix Rodriguez.”
I can’t accept Ayres’ assertion. Yes, the CIA’ still-secret records about David Morales are among the most important JFK records that remain subject to government censorship. Yes, Tony Sforza, known inside the CIA as “Henry Sloman,” was an assassin, according to Seymour Hersh.
But Gordon Campbell, who ran maritime operations for the CIA, died in September 1962. So the claim that he had “intimate operational knowledge” of JFK’s assassination 14 months later is unfounded or supernatural.
Here’s Campbell’s death certificate.