"The only ordained recipient (of the Knighthood of St Gregory the Great in 1998) is Aloysius Caffrey, 77, a longtime deacon who headed the CIA office in Los Angeles before retiring."
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His involvement with intelligence began during World War II, when he was sent accidentally from the Army to an Air Force unit and ended up in aerial photographic reconnaissance. After the war, he was asked if he wanted to make it a career, and he accepted. Besides becoming knowledgeable about intelligence techniques as a ``spook,'' Al became an expert on Asian countries. During part of the Vietnam War, he was in charge of operations in northeast Thailand, briefing pilots on the best routes in and out of North Vietnam. When he retired from the military in 1969, Al was asked to join the CIA. He enjoyed both the military and the CIA. ``I think that, unlike anything else I've ever experienced, intelligence allows you to use your native abilities. You can think for yourself. There's no book on the situation.'' He pointed out that intelligence is mostly information gathering; more than 90 percent of the information comes from public sources. When the CIA wanted research done on the inland waterways of the Soviet Union, maps of these waterways were found in the Library of Congress. The world has made rapid changes. What were once sophisticated and expensive military electronic devices, Al said, have now become less expensive and are sold commercially for general use. A love of the military seems to run in the family. The Caffreys, married 50 years, raised three adopted daughters; their youngest has just been accepted by the Air Force Academy. Al praises his wife's understanding and says he couldn't have had his career without her. He says that they ``never had any major disagreements.'' Before required business trips, be it military or CIA, ``I would call and say winter bag or summer bag. I'd have two to four hours to get home and prepare.'' Al, who's pushing 76, doesn't plan on giving up his Outreach program. ``I'm hoping someone comes along and replaces the truck, and I hope to get a younger man to drive it.'' MEMO: Victoria Giraud welcomes comments and suggestions for columns. Call her at (818) 386-9399. -END
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Aloysius A Caffrey: Birth: Mar. 31, 1921 Death: Aug. 18, 1999 LTCOL, US AIR FORCE Burial: Arlington National Cemetery Arlington Arlington County Virginia, USA Plot: 68, 0, 2413 Imported from: US Veteran's Affairs Record added: Feb 25 2000
Date of Message: October 31, 2008