The FBI Wife : Special Agent in Charge - FBI

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An exciting human interest story of one FBI Agent's life and that of his wife and family during the turbulent World War II years, and thereafter.

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Curtis O. Lynum was born of Norwegian parentage on July 17, 1917, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He attended schools in Minneapolis and graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1940. He worked at a variety of jobs while attending high school and college. At the time he entered the FBI as a special agent on March 3, 1941, he was on the athletic staff of the University of Minnesota. He had been a nationally ranked gymnast and had been the assistant coach in 1940 when Minnesota won the Big Ten title in gymnastics. He was seeking a masters degree in Education at the time he applied for FBI work.

His wife, Mae, also of Norwegian ancestry, is a native of Minnesota and attended the University of Minnesota as well. She married Curt at the conclusion of his FBI training in 1941. They had two children, Larry and Bonnie. Bonnie died tragically in an industrial fire in 1978.

After retiring from the FBI in 1967 after twenty-six and one half years of service, Mr. Lynum was appointed by the former Governor Ronald Reagan to the California Adult Authority Parole Board as vice chairman. He served on the Parole Board for eight and one-half years.

The author and his wife now reside in San Mateo, California.

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PROLOGUE

I resolved to write this account of the FBI as I knew it from March 3, 1941, to August 21, 1967, because so many apparent false statements were made by those who do not know the real FBI, or those who, perhaps former disgruntled employees, did not see the big picture as I saw it during that turbulent period.

I had the unique experience of being assigned to eighteen different stations (some in the same cities). I held every position available in the FBI during that period, except that of director, associate director, and assistant director. That wide range of experience in many different cities all over the U.S.A. gave me insight into the FBI which few have shared.

I will try to chronicle in an orderly fashion my tours of duty and assignments during the 1941 to 1967 period. The assignments began at Training School in Washington, D.C., and Quantico, Virginia, and thence on to the following places: Birmingham, Alabama; Boston, Massachusetts; Richmond, Virginia; Newport News, Virginia; Norfolk, Virginia; San Antonio, Texas; San Francisco, California; Washington, D.C.; Salt Lake City, Utah; Las Vegas, Nevada; San Diego, California; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Butte, Montana; back to San Francisco; Springfield, Illinois; back to Washington, D.C.; Dallas, Texas; and the final assignment as Special Agent in Charge of the third of fourth largest FBI office- in San Francisco.

Many experiences and many stories occurred during those twenty-six and one-half years of FBI duty: World War II, Korea, Vietnam, student unrest, yippies, hippies, beatnicks, gangsters, bank robbers, loyalty investigations, espionage, and sabotage. The FBI was the cover-all investigative arm of the U.S. government, and at the time of my retirement some 175 different violations of federal law were assigned to the FBI. At times it was a herculean task. The men and women of the FBI performed their duties well under the firm but fair and inspiring leadership of the FBI director, J. Edgar Hoover.

This is an honest account of the real FBI as we lived it. For the most part this is a recollection of events and experiences. No attempt has been made to research exact dates or times. When exact dates and times were readily available, I have used them. I have tried to make this a human interest story of how two mid-western people lived and worked for twenty-six and one-half years while I was employed by the FBI.

This is a story that had to be told to set the record straight. It is an honest story about law enforcement and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The FBI that was- from 1941-1967.

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