TO: WILLARD, BENJAMIN L., Cpt. USA 0-1305301
U.S. Armed Forces Intelligence Hq. Nha Trang
SUBJECT: Special Warfare Information.
KURTZ, WALTER E., Col., Special Forces.
1946: Graduates West Point; second in Class; third-generation appointee. Completes Basic and Advanced Infantry Training, Fort Gordon, Georgia.
47/48: Assigned, West Berlin, U.S. Sector Command.
49/50: Masters Degree, Harvard University, History (Thesis: The Phillipines Insurrection: American Foreign Policy in Southeast Asia, 1898-1905.)
50/51: Assigned General Staff, U.S. Command, Seoul, Korea. Tours combat zones, Division-Evaluation Team. Requests transfer to Intelligence, returned U.S. for special training, Ft. Holabird and Washington. Marries, Janet Anderson, 14 June 1951.
Returns to active duty, C-2, Seoul; Debriefs and evaluates information from American agents returning from Northern missions. Promoted Captain.
aAt first, I thought they handed me the wrong dossier.
I couldn't believe they wanted this man dead.
Third generation West Point, top of his class. Korea, Airborne. About a thousand decorations, etc, etc...
.I'd heard his voice on the tape and it really put a hook in me. But I couldn't connect up that voice with this man.
Like they said, he had an impressive career. Maybe too impressive... I mean perfect. He was being groomed for one of the top slots of the corporation. General, Chief of Staff, anything...
aIn 1964 he returned from a tour of advisory command in Vietnam and things started to slip. The report to the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Lyndon Johnson was restricted.
Seems they didn't dig what he had to tell them.During the next few months he made three requests for transfer to airborne training in Fort Benning, Georgia, and he was finally accepted.
Airborne? .He was 38 years old.
............Why the fuck would he do that?
1966, joined the Special Forces, returns to Vietnam...