Monday, June 6, 2011

Tax Division History - Involvement in Bay of Pigs Prisoners' Release

I just became aware of this interesting bit of Tax Division and broader tax and U.S. history. Tax Division luminaries and a host of others were involved in behind the scenes maneuvering to meet Castro's demands for medicine in return for the prisoners captured in the Bay of Pigs fiasco. Prominent Tax Division alumni involved were Louis Oberdorfer (then AAG, Tax), John B. Jones, Jr. (First Assistant AAG, Tax), and Mitchell Rogovin (then Assistant to Commissioner IRS and later AAG, Tax). I include below the links to some of this history and the list of persons mentioned in the Oral History interview of Messrs. Oberforder, Jones and Rogovin.

Oral History Interview of June 2, 1964 - here and here.

David Wise and Thomas b. Ross, The Invisible Government, section called Gray Operation. (I don't vouch of the complete accuracy of this account, but even if it were historical fiction it is interesting.)

Persons mentioned in the Oral History Interview:

Name Index
Bighinatti, Enso V., 16

Caplin, Mortimer M., 1, 2, 5
Castro, Fidel, 2, 7, 19
Coppock, Don, 21
Cutler, Lloyd N., 6

Dodge, Joseph M., 3

Edson, Robert C., 15
Eisenhower, Milton S., 3

Feldman, Myer, 3
Freeman, Orville L., 18
Harriman, E. Roland, 14
Hurwitch, Robert A., 3

Katzenbach, Nicholas deB., 3, 6, 13, 22
Kennedy, John F., 2, 3, 10, 14, 18, 20, 21, 22
Kennedy, Robert F., 5, 10, 11, 12, 18

Miskovsky, Milan “Mike”, 3

Nolan, John E., 22

Rauh, Joseph Louis, Jr., 2

Shea, Robert, 14, 15
Starr, Elvis, 13
Surrey, Stanley S., 3, 5

Wilson, John J., 13

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