An important group of Central Intelligence Agency (C.I.A) medals presented to “one of America’s greatest intelligence officers” will be offered by Dix Noonan Webb in their live/ online auction of Orders, Decorations, Medals and Militaria on Wednesday, February 17, 2021 on their website .
The medals – each framed and hidden behind a lithograph picture of the Middle East – are being sold by the family and expected to fetch £2,000-3,000.
Described by espionage expert, John Barron, author of KGB: Secret Work of Soviet Secret Agents, as: “one of America’s greatest intelligence officers,” the medals were awarded to legendary veteran C.I.A. officer Jim Fees (born in Nebraska in 1931) who, from the early 1960s, served undercover in Africa, Europe, and the Middle East; organised and managed secret intelligence operations from Washington and three continents, including a number of covert operations; and commanded major paramilitary operations in various International locations.
As personal adviser to President Reagan on sensitive terrorism issues, he conducted top-secret missions to Lebanon and elsewhere in a bid to free American hostages, and most notably was also responsible for the secret acquisition and delivery to the U.S. of the Soviets’ most advanced frontline fighter plane at the time.