Cryptonym: GOSS

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GOSS was the field cryptonym for the town of Coban, Guatemala, during Operation PBSUCCESS. Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS), 1952-1954: Guatemala, stated that GOSS was Coban.

Foreign Relations of the United States, 1952-1954: Guatemala: Current Section: Abbreviations and Cryptonyms

Page xvi: ..."Goss, Coban, Guatemala..."

04/03/54: Cable from LINCOLN to Director: Slugline PBSUCCESS RYBAT: RE: LINC 1566 (IN 33900): "1. Finalized operational plans to be discussed Cadick (William Robertson)-Calligeris (Carlos Castillo Armas) 24-25 April will call for following operational personnel (overhead not included): A. ADAM (Guatemala City): 9 sab chiefs plus 60 members. 7 organizers. B. BOND (Puerto Barrios): 102 shocks and 2 leaders from KMFLUSH (Nicaragua) trainees 3 sab chiefs from KMFLUSH plus 17 team members. 1 organizer from KMFLUSH. C. CAESAR (Quetzaltenango): 2 sab chiefs, 3 members. 1 organizer. D. DOC (Mazatenango): One organizer. E. EDDIE (El Quiche): One organizer. F. FRANK (Jutiapa, Guatemala): 75 shocks plus 2 leaders. 1 sab chief plus 4 members. 1 organizer. G. GOSS: 2 organizers. H. HANK (Zacapa, Guatemalan base): 102 shocks and 2 leaders. 3 sab chiefs plus 12 members. 2 organizers. I: IKE (San Jose): 1 sab chief, 9 members. 1 organizer. 2. Calligeris can determine from the above list as compared with available personnel whether it necessary pull further KUHOOK (CIA Paramilitary Operations Staff) personnel prior to D-15. Para E ESSENCE message may be useful fulfilling above. 3. Indicate best date SECANT (Major Enrique Trinidad Oliva)-Calligeris-Cadick meeting."

06/06/54: Cable from Withheld to Director: Slugline RYBAT PBSUCCESS: FROM PIVALL (probably David Morales): "1. 14 men left afternoon and night 4 June for CAESAR (Quetzaltenango) and small towns like Almolong and Salcaja and hamlets surrounding CAESAR. 2. All men are trained in SAB and weapons. Each briefed individually on responsibilities for organized action CAESAR. 3. Colonel Candido Cuyuch; a member of above group, will contact Luis Dominguez, CAESAR star member, briefing same on CAESAR ops. 4. Above members not part of T/O here. Group entered WSHOOFS (Honduras) black and could only remain short period. 5. Col Cuyuch and members furnished details from CAESAR DZ. Coordinates already cabled and overlays pouched. Priority D-day should be second in line to receive supplies. GOSS first. 6. Group carried one LMG, one SMG and five pistols to be used for instructional purposes. 7. Two other members being maintained and are to be utilized as couriers to inform star member when supply drop can be expected. Both will be dispatched two days prior D-day."

06/08/54: Memo for the record: Subject: PBSUCCESS Future: "1. The Bissell memo essentially recommends five activities. a. Harassing and sabotage ops immediately using WSHOOFS (Honduras) assets; b. Moving RROs into place; c. Moving organizers into place; d. PP program aimed at the Army; and e. Supplying internal material needs by air drop. 2. The above steps conform essentially with the views of LINCOLN (CIA's Guatemalan covert operations headquarters, a forward base in Florida)...A. Organizers: (1) There are a total of 16 organizers to be moved; 4 plus a coordinator for the capitol, 8 for areas other than the capitol, e.g., Caesar (Quetzaltenango), Goss, Bond (Puerto Barrios), Hank (Zacapa, Guatemalan Base), Frank (Jutiapa, Guatemala), etc. and 3 to the Gravy areas surrounding the capitol..."

06/11/54: Cable from Withheld to Guatemala: Slugline RYBAT PBSUCCESS: RE: LINC 3689 (IN 16531): FROM ONTRICH (Nestor Sanchez) (REDACTION): "1. As per (REDACTION) 553 (IN 16665), due situation in WSBURNT (Guatemala) and here, feel no air drops should be made prior H minus 43 hours, or 14 June. 2. Drops in following priority...D. GOSS H minus 12 DZ CF 0264..."

06/16/54: Cable from Withheld to Director: Slugline RYBAT PBSUCCESS: RE: (REDACTION) 597 (IN 18261): "1. Shock troop set up is as follows: A. FRANK (Jutiapa, Guatemala) staging from CG 5733 due take FRANK, proceed to city. B. BOND (Puerto Barrios) staging from DF 6672 carrying double load due contain BOND opposition by picking up LARRY organization and holding ground above LARRY. C. HANK (Zacapa, Guatemalan Base) staging from DF 073 carrying double load. Due take HANK and proceed Progresso, meet GOSS and proceed to city. D. DANNY, staging from DG 0464 due proceed Chimaltenango Jalapa and join FRANK outside city. E. TOMMY staging from DF 0123 due go at HANK from south side and proceed toward city via Tiquvzula (also RCVD Ciquihkla) Jalapa. F. JOHNNY (note: also JACK - Florida, Honduras) staging from Los Tarros (as RCVD) due go Morales as supplementary block BOND. G. Drops for DANNY being scheduled by points enroute. 2. Alternates for FRANK HANK and TOMMY are 'bypass initial target and go toward city, dropping off teams to rear.'"

06/27/54: Cable from Director to Sr. Rep LINCOLN (Orig: J. Esterline, PBS): Slugline RYBAT/PBSUCCESS/SAHARA-3: "1. On 25 June ADAM (Guatemala City) sent two mobile militia companies to HANK (Zacapa, Guatemalan Base). 2. On 26 June source advised that individuals were being organized for purpose protecting railroad. 3. On night of 26 June GOSS ordered five militia companies march to HANK. One company was from GOSS, one from San Cristobal, three from Salama. 4. On 26 June ADAM ordered HANK not to send the people to ADAM but to organize, equip, and instruct them in HANK. 5. At midnight 26 June FRANK (Jutiapa, Guatemala) informed HANK that a company of reservists had been sent to Ipala."

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