E. Henry Knoche

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E. Henry Knoche
E. Henry Knoche photo.jpg
Acting Director of Central Intelligence
In office
January 20, 1977 – March 9, 1977
Preceded by George H. W. Bush
Succeeded by Stansfield Turner
Deputy Director of Central Intelligence
In office
July 7, 1976 – August 1, 1977
President Gerald Ford
Preceded by Vernon A. Walters
Succeeded by John F. Blake
Personal details
Born January 14, 1925
Charleston, West Virginia
Died July 9, 2010(2010-07-09) (aged 85)
Alma mater Washington and Jefferson College

Enno Henry Knoche (/ˈnɒki/ NOK-ee; January 14, 1925 – July 9, 2010) was a deputy director of the CIA and acting Director of Central Intelligence.[1]

Knoche attended Mt. Lebanon School District, where he played basketball and tennis, winning a Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League doubles championship.[2] In 1942, he enrolled in Washington & Jefferson College, playing baseball and the freshman basketball team. He then enlisted in the United States Navy to serve in World War II in 1943.[2] Later, he attended Bethany College, again playing basketball and leading the team in scoring.[2] He then attended University of Colorado, where he led his basketball team to the 1946 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament and played baseball.[2] Following his discharge from the military, he returned to W&J to complete his degree, graduating in 1947.[2] He then played for 2 years in the professional National Industrial Basketball League, leading his team in scoring both years.[2] He was drafted by the failing Pittsburgh Ironmen in the 1947 BAA Draft.[3][nb 1] When his contract was then sold to the New York Knicks, Knoche demanded $2,500 (equivalent to $27,400 in 2017) to play for the team, a demand that was not met.[3][4]

He served in the United States Navy as a Navy intelligence officer, in World War II, and the Korean War.[4]

He joined the CIA in 1953 as an analyst; he was fluent in Russian and the Fuzhou dialect.[4] During the Cuban Missile Crisis, he briefed President John F. Kennedy.[4] Even though he lacked the typical CIA resume, as having never served in operational capacity or in the clandestine operations, he was steadily promoted through the agency's ranks.[4] On July 7, 1976 he became deputy director, serving under director George H.W. Bush.[4] In that position, he was responsible for day-to-day agency operations.[4]

Upon Bush's resignation from the CIA with the inauguration of Jimmy Carter on January 20, 1977, Knoche became acting director.[4] That day, he briefed Carter on the agency's ongoing clandestine operations.[4] On January 21, 1977, he met with president Jimmy Carter, and delivered photo intelligence from Aerospace Data Facility-East.[5] His term as acting director ended when Stansfield Turner was confirmed as director of the CIA on March 9, 1977.[4] He retired on August 1, 1977. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal.[4]

He married Angie Papoulas in 1947; they had five sons[4]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Overall, it is unclear exactly which professional basketball team Knoche played for in 1947-1948. One source indicates that he played for the National Industrial Basketball League,[2] while another source does not mention it at all, instead discussing the Pittsburgh Ironmen, which were not part of the National Industrial Basketball League[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Enno Henry Knoche*". Center for Study of Intelligence. Retrieved September 20, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "E. HENRY KNOCHE 2001 - BASKETBALL". Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame, Washington-Greene County Chapter. Retrieved August 15, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c "From Basketball to Covert Ops: E. Henry Knoche". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on 2011-09-26. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Shapiro, T. Rees (August 29, 2010). "E. Henry Knoche, 85; a key player in the intelligence game". The Washington Post. 
  5. ^ Burrows, William (1986). Deep Black: Space Espionage and National Security. New York, New York: Random House. pp. 229. ISBN 0-394-54124-3