Richard Fecteau

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Richard G. Fecteau (born 1927)[1] of Lynn, Massachusetts was captured by the Red Chinese during a CIA-sponsored flight over mainland China during the Korean War.[2] News of the capture of Fecteau and John T. Downey reached the United States in November 1954, sparking a nearly 2 decade battle of wills between the U.S. and the PRC. Fecteau was released in December 1971.[3] He later worked as an assistant athletic director at his alma mater, Boston University, retiring in 1989.

In 2013, the CIA awarded Fecteau the Distinguished Intelligence Cross.[4]

The CIA has posted a background piece on its website describing the mission, the capture, and, ultimately, the release of agents Downey and Fecteau,[2] along with a video documentary on its website.[5][6]


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