CIA memorializes four who died in 1950s, 60s

CIA memorializes four who died in 1950s, 60s

The CIA this week memorialized four offices who died in the line of duty more than 45 years ago while working in Southeast Asia, Africa and Iran.

The spy agency added four stars to the famed Memorial Wall, which was erected in the lobby of its Langley, Va., headquarters in 1974 to commemorate officers who died in their course of their work.

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There are now 117 stars on the wall.

For the four officers whose stars went up on Monday, the event was a formal recognition of their work of the secretive spy agency more than four decades ago.

“For anyone who wants to understand the essence of the CIA, one need look no further than this hallowed wall,” CIA Director John BrennanJohn Owen BrennanFormer intelligence chiefs slam Trump for removing officials Ex-CIA chief calls Trump intel shakeup a 'virtual decapitation' of the intelligence community DOJ attorney looking into whether CIA withheld info during start of Russia probe: NYT MORE said in a ceremony adding the stars. “These stars, and the memories they hold, will forever inspire and sustain us as we carry on the work to which those whose stars find lasting peace in this finely chiseled constellation devoted their lives.”

Two of the officers commemorated by the new stars died in what is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 1965 and 1967, as the U.S. was supporting the U.S.-friendly government against communist-backed rebels. The men, Marcell Rene Gough and Bill Wyrozemski, died in separate vehicle accidents, the CIA said.

Gough’s son, Nat, told the Dayton Daily News that he struggled for years to dig up details about his father’s death.

But last week, Brennan called to “personally express his gratitude for the sacrifice our family made,” he told the newspaper.

One other officer, Pete McCarthy Jr., died in 1954, during a training flight in Southeast Asia.

And Charles Mayer was killed in an airplane crash in Iran in 1968, the CIA said.