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Old 11-03-2009, 01:30 PM
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I am planning to write a book about my father so I am looking for people who might have known my father, who died 7 years ago, back in Cuba, presumably 1957-58. This may sound as a difficult task but he was blond and blue eyed and he was hiding with the guerillas. I am also looking for anyone who might have known him when he was working at Thule Airbase 1960/61/62 or at the Heidelberg Military Base in 1962.

This is what I know/remember of what he has told me about Cuba: He was working as a waiter on a cruise ship. They had shore leave in Havana when he heard a woman scream and knocked down the man that was attacking her, only to find that the attacker was a policeman and the woman was a prostitute. With his blond looks he was very recognizable and he didn't make it back to the ship in time before it sailed. He hid with the prostitutes for a while but eventually he was helped to join Castro's guerillas.

He said "They told me I didn't have to fight with them". I suspect that he might have been recruited by the CIA before being sent to join the guerillas. I don't know exactly when this was or how long he stayed with the guerillas, but he did end up fighting with them. Finally it became too much for him and he managed to escape to Florida. I have heard of this only from my mother, who is dead too. Apparently he was being chased and they burned fields to get to him, much like in the Cary Grant movie. Somehow he made it to Florida. As far as I can make out he must have been with the guerillas somewhere around 1957-58 because he returned to the US before Castro took over. He would have been in his early 20'ies at the time.

Many years later, when I wanted to go to college in the US, he said that I probably would not be able to get a visa because he had been blacklisted, returning to Florida, because he kept telling the FBI (why the FBI?), who were debreefing him, that Castro was a communist. Non the less he later worked at both the American Airbase in Thule and the military base in Heidelberg. My father is assumed born in 1934 and may have used the name Jess Albert Jessen and may have claimed a Danish background.

Any ideas for rescources to or people to contact or even comments to the above are much apriciated. I am also looking for ways to check his relationship to the CIA if such records are public now.

There are pictures of him here: [url=http://neweraenergyinstitute.com/my_father.html]Energy Transformers[/url]

Karin Gerd Kristensen, born Jessen
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