In Hong Kong, George boarded a Pan Am flight to Tokyo, from there to Honolulu, then to San Francisco and finally to Washington, D.C. He was picked up at the airport by an agent and taken to Langley. For several days, George debriefed on all aspects of his work in Laos and urged continued development of the border Auto-Defense work among the Montagnard tribes.
Interestingly, he was not under any type of employment contract, and there was no commitment to work on another Agency job. Basically, the process was to wait around without pay until the CIA had something they wanted you to work on. After several weeks of delving into his meager savings, George visited the Civilian Personnel Office of the Department of the Army in the Pentagon and inquired about opportunities for a Military Intelligence Specialist with fluency in three foreign languages.
He was told that there was an opening at Ft. Shafter, Hawaii, for a Military Intelligence Analyst. However, to acquire the position he would have to be at Ft. Shafter, personally, and would have to get there on his own. George had arrived in D.C. with an ivory chess set, some Vietnamese paintings on wood, and a silk scarf rich in gold thread. He advertised these things in the paper for sale, and they quickly sold.
Now having the money to get back to Honolulu, he again boarded Pan Am on December 9, 1958. He wasn’t sure what he would do if the position was already filled when he got to Ft. Shafter, but he saw this as his only immediate opportunity. He would have to take the chance.
I write of George’s experiences in my book: Observer: The Colonel George Trofimoff Story, the tale of America’s highest ranking military officer convicted of spying
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