Category Archives: Spies

Was Colonel George Trofimoff really a spy?

Ever wondered about American spies in prison? Since Edward Snowden escaped the Department of Justice after downloading NSA classified information, curiosity has peaked. Sometimes, evidence is clear as to the one being targeted as a spy. Each case is different. Sometimes, there is nothing but a vague suspicion. To hit...

Laos (7)

George and his partner had arrived at the 3rd Military Region Headquarters in the center of Savannakhet. The Commander insisted that they be taken to the “best” Chinese restaurant in town. There, they were served a superb ten- or twelve-course formal dinner of Peking Duck, trimmings, and numerous delicacies. As...

Laos (6)

The political situation in Laos in 1956 for George and his partner was tenuous at best. Colonel Ouan, the head of the Laotian army, was receptive and definitely wanted more U.S. aid, but the political situation could have gone either way at any moment. The atmosphere was unstable. You even...

Laos (5)

After visiting their first Montagnard village and inspecting what was called an “auto defense” group of under-equipped villagers, George and his partner returned with the Commander to the 1st Military Region Headquarters in Luang Prabang. The men were invited to a sumptuous Chinese dinner of ten courses, which lasted until...

Laos (4)

The Colonel of the 1st Military District proceeded to take George and his partner to a Montagnard village in the mountains. This would be the first of many trips into the Laotian mountains and jungles by George over the next two years. Upon arrival, the Colonel requested the village chief...

Laos (2)

It was mid-March as George and his partner flew to Luang Prabang by a Dakota C-47 (“Gooney Bird”) of Air Laos. They were greeted warmly and with military honors by the Commander of the 1st Military region and by an honor guard. George was most impressed. He had never been...

The Laotian Connection

George Trofimoff was sent to Indochina, to Laos, to Vientiane, as a “civilian”. He was assigned as an “End-Use Observer” with the Program Evaluation Office of the International Cooperation Administration (ICA). This was a front organization under which two CIA operatives, George and his partner, would evaluate and assist in...

The CIA

George Trofimoff had been assigned to Hqs Co, 532 MI Bn, and again assumed the duties of a training sergeant. While at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina, he applied for duty with a “military advisory group” to serve anywhere such a group operated. It was 1955. Soon, he received orders to...

Christmas of ’49 (4)

After the goose had cooked and all the trimmings prepared, George, his father and his stepmother settled into a long, delicious Christmas dinner. There were no distractions. There was no hurry. There was the joy of being together. George’s father reminisced of his training as a Calvary officer with the...

Christmas of ’49 (2)

It had been five years since George had seen his Dad, as the War had separated them in the most tragic circumstances. Now, he had arrived in Germany. He telegraphed his Dad that he was coming for Christmas on the 24th. He worried that his Dad might have a heart...