Practicing Interrogation

George Trofimoff had not only graduated from language school at Ft. Ord in California; he taught there.

He was now given official assignment orders which read: Hqs Fifth Corps, G-2 section, 525th Headquarters Intelligence Department (HID). He was told to report to Ft. Bragg, North Carolina. This would be the beginning of a 46-year career in military intelligence. He was excited to be in intelligence and was anxious to counter the Soviets. He didn’t realize it at the time, but it would not be with the Department of the Army that he would have his first opportunity.

Upon arrival at Ft. Bragg, George was assigned to a small unit of about 40 soldiers of all ranks but mostly corporals with a few interspersed sergeants and Sergeants First Class(SFC). It was March of ’49 when the group participated in their first maneuver. The large war game was conducted by the Fifth Corps and the 82nd Airborne Division with all of its assigned sub-units.

George’s interrogation unit was split into numerous four-men teams, which were then assigned to the Regiments and Battalions of the 82nd Airborne Division. They stayed in the field for eight weeks and practiced interrogation procedures on supposedly captured prisoners, spent much time setting up and moving camps, and were given Soviet newspapers to translate in order to not lose their language skills.

I write of George’s military intelligence career and the trial that destroyed it in my book: Observer: The George Trofimoff Story, the tale of America’s highest ranked military officer convicted of spying.

 

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Glen Aaron is a retired trial attorney with a rich history in litigation and international business. He has maintained offices in Shenzhen, China, Panama City, Panama, Belize, Lebanon, and the United States, representing both American clients and clients from other countries.

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