(Also see article, "JFK and The Five Presidents")
Chief of Special Operations for the Joint Chiefs of Staff under President John F. Kennedy, Colonel Leroy Fletcher Prouty
From 1955--1964 he was assigned to U.S. Air Force Headquarters where he directed the creation of an Air Force worldwide system for "Military Support of the Clandestine Operations of the CIA", as required by a new National Security Council Directive, 5412 of March, 1954. As a result of a CIA Commendation for this work he was awarded the Legion of Merit by the US Air Force, and was promoted to Colonel being assigned to the Office of the Secretary of Defense.
With the creation of the Defense Intelligence Agency by Secretary McNamara and the abolishment of the OSO, he was transferred to the Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to create a similar, worldwide office and was the Chief of Special Operations, with the Joint Staff all during 1962--1963. He received orders to travel as the Military Escort officer for a group of VIPs who were being flown to the South Pole, November 10--28, 1963, to activate a nuclear power plant for heat, light and sea water desalination at the United States Navy Base at McMurdo Sound, Antarctica.
Retiring as a Colonel in the U.S. Air Force in 1964 he was awarded one of the first three Joint Service Commendation Medals by General Maxwell D. Taylor, Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff.
In Oliver Stones JFK Movie, General Edward Landsdale is loosely identified as the figure who gave the order to assassinate JFK. Pulling off a coup was Landsdale's forte.
Allen Dulles became the second Director of the CIA in 1952 and was the longest serving Director to date.