Philip Roettinger

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Philip Roettinger
Personal information
Born (1915-09-22)September 22, 1915
Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Died January 7, 2002(2002-01-07) (aged 86)
San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico
Sport Sports shooting

Philip Clay Roettinger (September 22, 1915 – January 7, 2002) was a CIA Operations Officer (1954-1964) who helped plan and execute the 1954 overthrow of the Left-Wing Guatemalan government led by Jacobo Arbenz after it threatened to nationalize property owned by the United Fruit Company.[1]


The son of former Ohio Judge S. C. Roettinger, Roettinger graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University and served as a U.S. Marine Corps Colonel in the Pacific during World War II. He was a member of the U.S. shooting team in the 1948 Summer Olympics in London.[2] After the CIA, Roettinger settled in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico to devote time to painting and raising a family.


  1. ^ "The CIA in Guatemala". Third World Traveler. Retrieved February 2, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Philip Roettinger". Sports Reference. Retrieved February 2, 2015.