|Birth: ||Jan. 24, 1917, USA|
|Death: ||Jun., 1976|
Dong Nai, Vietnam
Former C.I.A. agent & P.O.W.
In the case of Tucker Gouglemann a CIA operative who vanished in Saigon as Communist forces advanced on the capitol in April 1973; 18 months after he disappeared, his body was turned over to the U.S. and his captors had showed him no mercy; virtually every bone in his body had been expertly and brutally broken.
He was captured after he returned to Vietnam in April, 1975, in order to bring out his adopted children.
In 1975 when they were denying they held any Americans in captivity, retired C.I.A. officer Tucker Gouggelman was in Saigon's Chi Hoa prison. The Soviet K.G.B. was reportedly called in to help interrogate him. In any event, Mr. Gouggelman "died" in 1976 and his body - which the enemy denied having - was shipped home a year later.
CIA NEWS ARTICLE:
CIA honors ex-agent slain in Vietnam
June 8, 2001
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- The Central Intelligence Agency carved a new black star into its white marble memorial wall to mark the death of a former officer killed after 11 months of torture in Vietnam in 1976, the CIA said on Friday.
The 78th star on the wall of the lobby at CIA headquarters commemorated Tucker Gougelmann, who died in the summer of 1976 in Vietnam after being captured by the North Vietnamese.
At that time he was retired from the CIA following a 23-year career that included postings in Europe, Afghanistan, Korea and Vietnam.
Gougelmann was a private businessman living in Thailand who returned to Saigon in the spring of 1975, after North Vietnam launched a major offensive, to try to secure departure for a group of orphans he had sponsored over the years, the CIA said.
"After missing the final flight out of Saigon, he was captured and disappeared into a dank prison cell, where he was tortured because of his past affiliation with CIA," the agency said.
Gougelmann had not been added to the wall of stars earlier because of a previous policy that only CIA employees who died in the line of duty could be honored there.
Recently the criteria were broadened, and it was determined that although Gougelmann had retired in 1972 from the CIA, his death resulted from his past affiliation with the U.S. spy agency, the CIA said.
His name was also entered into the "Book of Honor" that sits below the etched stars on the wall. The book identifies 43 of the 78 stars, while the rest are blank spaces representing CIA employees who to this day cannot be
identified for security reasons.
"Through multiple tours of risk and fire, Tucker was everything his country, his agency, and his colleagues could ever ask of a senior officer," Deputy CIA Director John McLaughlin said on Friday at an annual memorial ceremony.
"Time and again, he and those he led acquired the battlefield intelligence that saved American and South Vietnamese lives," he said.
Arlington National Cemetery
Plot: Section 11, Site 685-3, next to Francis G Powers
Created by: Vikki Smothers McInnis
Record added: Jun 28, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 14761289
I talked to your brother Harry today. I'm sure he was so proud of you as are all of us here that call the "USA" our home. God Bless you and may we be forever grateful to have men like you who stand watch over us and our country.|
Added: Sep. 5, 2012
...and for the freedom of the many refugees I helped when I worked with the Refugee Resettlement program. Their stories were heart wrenching, as was yours. Such a terrible war. God Bless You and Rest In Peace. I hope your children made it out alright.|
Kathie L. Webb Blair
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