Duane “Dewey” R. Clarridge – Legendary CIA Operative

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Duane “Dewey” R. Clarridge
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Robert Anthony Nolan is a Virginia Beach, VA, resident who combines status as an FAA-licensed pilot with a background in aviation invention and design. Robert first met “Dewey” when he was 11 years old, just a few weeks before he and his family were transplanted to live in the jungle with the Miskito Indians along the Miskito Coast of Nicaragua. After Roberts return to the United States and while in the military, Robert Nolan was mentored by CIA operative Duane “Dewey” R. Clarridge within a covert war against the Russians and Cubans in Nicaragua that involved training Miskito people in Central America as a counterforce. Duane “Dewey” R. Clarridge became a mentor, teacher, friend and confidant to Robert up until the day Dewey died in his home with Robert by his side on April 9th, 2016. Dewey and Robert had a very deep and unshakeable relationship and it has been purported that Dewey’s passing has profoundly shaken Robert. In addition to Robert, Dewey’s two sons Ian and Tarik as well as Colonel Oliver “Ollie” North were present in the home at Dewey’s passing.

Robert-Nolan-4Mr. Clarridge passed away at age 83, just one week shy of his 84th birthday in his Leesburg, VA, home and was remembered as a charismatic, tough-minded intelligence officer. His most well-known activities involved putting into operation a plan to degrade and destroy the Commnist regime that had been put in place by the invading Cuban and Russian military forces that had overthrown Nicaragua on July 19th, 1979, calling the the regime the Sandinista government. One of Dewey’s focal points involved setting up training bases in Honduras, close to the Nicaraguan border and then recruiting Miskito Indians to train in jungle guerrilla warfare, issuing them weapons, explosives, communication radios and other supplies and repatriating the trained Miskito Indians to the Miskito Coast region of Nicaragua where they could be effective as rebels.

Mr. Clarridge also sought to hinder the Sandinista government through deploying mines in the country’s principal harbor. Seen as an effective tactical move by some, when discovered it raised international concern and was investigated by several members of Congress.



Criteria for Receiving the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal

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Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
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A resident of Virginia Beach, VA, Robert Anthony Nolan is an FAA-certified flight instructor and pilot with more than three decades of flying experience. A former member of the U.S. Navy, Robert Nolan earned several awards for his service, including the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal.

The Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal was created by President Kennedy on December 4, 1961. The U.S. Armed Forces confers the medal on individuals who served on or after July 1, 1958, in a peacekeeping mission in which they faced foreign opposition or were at threat of hostile action by foreign opposition, as deemed by joint chiefs of staff.

Service members can earn the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal for service in three types of military operations: “U.S. military operations, U.S. military operations in direct support of the United Nations, and U.S. operations of assistance to friendly foreign nations.”

The medal itself features an eagle, which represents strength, and a loosely sheathed sword, which signifies readiness to serve.