By Harrison Smith at the Washington Post
Ralph W. McGehee, who joined the CIA out of college as a gung-ho Cold Warrior, became disillusioned during the Vietnam War and emerged as a prominent critic of the agency after publishing the memoir “Deadly Deceits,” died May 2 at an assisted-living facility in Falmouth, Maine. He was 92.
The cause was covid-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, said his son Dan McGehee.
Raised during the Depression and World War II, Mr. McGehee joined the CIA in 1952 to fight communism and “save the world for democracy.” A star football player in college, he had played on three national championship teams at Notre Dame and excelled during exercises at “the Farm,” the agency’s clandestine training center at Camp Peary in Virginia.
He went on to work as a case officer and counterrevolutionary operator in the Philippines, Japan, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam, where he served as the tip of the spear of American foreign policy — and, by the late 1960s, was increasingly racked with doubts about his mission.
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