George Trofimoff had been assigned to Hqs Co, 532 MI Bn, and again assumed the duties of a training sergeant. While at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina, he applied for duty with a “military advisory group” to serve anywhere such a group operated. It was 1955.
Soon, he received orders to report to Washington, D.C., in civilian clothing. He was given a phone number to call upon his arrival. When he called it from the railroad station, the voice said that he would be approached by a man and asked for his I.D. card, then he was to join this individual in his automobile and be taken to his destination for his interview. A man who did not give his name soon came up to George, asked for his I.D., and invited him to join him. The destination happened to be a series of barracks-type, two-story buildings behind a very high chicken-wire fence topped with barbed wire. It seemed odd, but George could see the Washington monument in the near distance.
After passing through several I.D. checks and searches, George was invited into a large office. The gentleman behind the desk had just extended a greeting in English when another man suddenly entered the room and began questioning George in staccato fashion in native French. George answered in native French. After about two hours of “visiting,” George was told that the Agency interviewing him could use his services in Indochina.
I write of George’s career 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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