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]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-10-20. Retrieved 2013-12-12. 
  2. ^ a b "Two CIA Prisoners in China, 1952–73", Apr 05, 2007, CIA
  3. ^ Burt, Andrew (19 November 2014). ""Your Future Is Very Dark"" – via Slate. 
  4. ^ "Cold War arrest of US spies offers lesson for Iran diplomacy". Retrieved 2013-12-30. 
  5. ^ "Extraordinary Fidelity", Apr 05, 2007, CIA
  6. ^ "Extraordinary Fidelity" , Jun 05, 2013, (transcript), CIA

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