Sept. 13, 2005
Contact: Steve Rottinghaus, Baker University director of public relations (785) 594-8330
Baldwin City, Kan. — Richard Holm, author of “The American Agent: My Life in the CIA,” will share his experiences as a CIA officer at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20 in the Owens Hall Audio-Visual Room.
Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for youths for the Baker University Artist and Lecture Series program.
Holm joined the CIA in the 1960s and became bureau chief in Paris, eventually earning the Distinguished Intelligence Medal, the CIA’s highest award. His first posting was in Laos, where he served in the CIA’s “Secret War” against the Communists in the lead–up to the Vietnam War.
He then was sent to the Congo and suffered near–fatal injuries after a plane crash in a remote jungle. Healed by local tribesmen, Holm had his horrific burns treated with snake oil and tree bark. He spent two years in a U.S. hospital.
Holm also worked in Hong Kong and Paris and was instrumental in anti–terrorism operations during Carlos the Jackal’s international terror campaign.