Timeline for The Station Chief (under construction)

As we research the life of former CIA officer Henry Hecksher, I’ll continue updating this timeline. The sections here correspond with the categories used in this blog.

Pre-war Germany

1910

September 21: Hecksher is born in Hamburg, Germany. His name is Heinrich Gustav Adolf Detlev Heckscher.

1935

Brother William Heckscher receives his doctorate in art history at University of Hamburg.

1936

William Heckscher leaves Germany and takes up a visiting faculty position at Princeton University.

New home in the US

1939

Hecksher is living in London.

February 1: Hecksher receives a US visa in London.

March 10: He departs London on the S.S. American Banker.

March 20: He emigrates to the US, arriving in New York on the S.S. American Banker.

September 8: Hecksher files papers declaring his intent to become an American citizen. He lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

1940

April 1: Census takers find Hecksher in New York as a lodger.

1942

May 19: Hecksher becomes a US citizen.

Word War II

1944

Hecksher takes part in the Normandy invasion. He is injured in Antwerp.

Post-war Germany

1946

Hecksher was named head of counterintelligence in Berlin for the OSS.

Berlin Operating Base

1948

March 14: Hecksher arrives in New York.

Laos, Japan, Indonesia, etc

We have a lot of gaps to fill in here.

Chile

1970

While Hecksher is station chief in Santiago, the CIA spends some $8 million in an effort to thwart the election of Socialist Salvador Allende.

November: Hecksher is replaced as station chief in Santiago.

Retirement

1971

Hecksher retires.

1990

Hecksher lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

March 28: He dies in a hospital in Princeton from complications of Parkinson’s disease.

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