CABLE TO DIRECTOR FROM LINCOLN RE GUATEMALA 1954 COUP

Created: 6/28/1954

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IR RE-SUPPLY DELIVERED TO FOUR-MAN RECEPTION TEAM ATREVIOUSLY REPORTED LOCATION REMAINDER HANK FORCE0 DANNY*JOHNNY-ADVAMCE ON ZACAPA HALTED DUE TO SUPERIOR ENEMY FIRE POWER AND LACK OF FRIENDLY AIR SUPPORT- TACTICAL FIGHTER MISS'ONS CANCELLED DUE BAD WEATHER. SIXTY FRIENDLY RE" INFORCEMENTS MOVING FROM JOCOTAN TO CHIQUIMULA, FRIENDLY REARR IPALA APPROX LOCATION8 ATTEMPT ING CONTAIN ENEMY ADVANCE TO QUETZALTf/pEQUE AND/OR CHIQUIMULA WHILE AWAITING FRIENDLY AIR SUPPORTa STRONG ENEMY COLUMN REPORTED MOVING TOWARD /i

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QUETZAL7EPEQUE. CALLIGERIS FEARS BATTLE LOST IF THIS ADVANCE NOT HALTEDe APPEARS ENEMY INTENDS SEVER CALLIGERIS ROUTE OF RETREAT TO ESQUIPULAS. CALLIGERIS INSTRUCTED TO HOLD HIS PRESENT POSITIONS OR PHASE INTO GUERILLA WAR-FARE BUT TO DELAY MAIN ENGAGEMENT UNTIL AIR SUPPORT AVAILABLE- MAXIMUM AIR SUPPORT PROMISED FORUNE.

KUGOWN: SHERWOOD ON AIR WITHIN HALF HOUR AFTER STANDEL RESIGNATION. STATED WAITING FOR DECISION HIGH COMMAND,. INSTRUCTED PREPARE LEAFLETS FOR FIELD TROOPS- DELIVERING ULTIMATUM TO DIAZ TO ELIMINATE COMMUNISM AND JOIN CALLIGERIS, MAXIMUM AIR SHOW CALLED FOR NOONUNE OVER ADAM, TO CREATE IMPRESSION OF STRENGTH AT THIS CRITICAL PERIOD.

3. ROGRAM: STANDEL RESIGNATION AND TRANSFER POWERPROVIDE OPPORTUNITY REALIZE BENEFITS THROUGH

f HO HAS BEEN REQUESTED TO TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION, HIS SUCCESS IS DOUBTFUL IN VIEW PAST INERTIA FIELD TROOPS BEING INDUCED DEFECT BY SHERWOOD BROADCASTS AND LEAFLETS,

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FJHOPEFUL:

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iETARUNE, MISSIONS: 7 AM TO ZACAPA, NABLE DRAW FIRE, DROPPED FRAG BOMBS ALONG RR STATION AND NEAR BRIDGE9 AM DROPPED DRUMS GAS TO RECEPTION TEAM AT CHIQUIMULA AIRSTRIP, 0 PM CARGO DROPPED ATND

FIGHTERS: 4 AM TARGET ZACAPA. ENGINE TROU8LE0 TWOOUNDER JETTISONED SEA, 5M TARGET FUEL STORAGE SAN JOSE, CUT COMMO ADAM- OVER TARGET MGS JAMMED, BOMB RELEASE FAILED. OUNDERS NEAR MISS ON TANKS SECOND TRY. ECD MAJOR BATTLE DAMAGE TO TAIL ASSEMBLY, TWO DAY REPAIR6 AM ZACAPA CLOSED 3Y TWOOUNDER JETTISONED SEA0

GENERAL: ISPERSED AT SOMERSET EVENT HOSTILE ATTACK* HOUSE-CLEANING PLAN FOR ANTICIPATED INSPECTION TEAM VISIT BEING PREPARED, FOUR QUALIFIED FIGHTER PILOTS AVAILABLE SOUERSET. MAX. EFFORT SCHEDULED FORUNE- RECRUITMENT OFILOTS AND MECHS CONTINUING WITH FAVORABLE OUTLOOK0

5, GENERAL: STANDEL RESIGNEDUNE TURNING GOVT OVERFOR BEST INTERESTS PEOPLE0 HOWEVER ON SURFACE

APPEAHS TOITo MANEUVER TO REMOVE COMMUNIST STIGMA ATTACHED

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of the govt* air bombing show of strength being sent inune to pressure govt to accept friendly although present moment friendly forces are in precarious position, rapidly increasing air and ground fire capability should soon evidence positive change in battle conditions. present strategy is to increase pressure on govt at every opportunity in order to prevent its consolidation and force acceptance of calligeris.

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