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.

1929

Father Siegfried Heckscher dies.

1935

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

1936

September: 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

January 27: Hecksher joins the US Army.

May 19: He becomes a US citizen and changes his name from Heinrich Heckscher to Henry Hecksher.

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.

August: We find Hecksher working for the Strategic Services Unit in Germany.

Berlin Operating Base

1948

March 14: Hecksher arrives in New York.

Laos

1957

Summer: Hecksher becomes station chief in Laos.

1958

March 26: Horace Smith is named US Ambassador to Laos.

1960

Hecksher departs Laos.

AMWORLD

1963

July 10: Hecksher meets with Manuel Artime.

November 7 to 10: He meets with an aide to Artime named Dr. La Saga.

November 30 an December 1: Meeting with an asset AMJAVA-4, Hecksher discusses a proposal to abduct a Cuban representative to the UN. He urges against it.

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.

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.

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