On 19 December 2014, the following story was posted on the website of the Central Intelligence Agency.
“This article is part of a series about CIA employees who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Here we will look at the lives of the men and women who have died while serving their country.” CIA Website.
Currently, there are 111 stars carved into the marble of the CIA Memorial Wall. The wall stands as a silent, simple memorial to those employees “who gave their lives in the service of their country.” The CIA has released the names of 83 employees; the names of the remaining 28 officers must remain secret, even in death.
Matthew Kevin Gannon was flying home from a hectic temporary duty (TDY) assignment in the Middle East to spend Christmas with his family. He was on the final leg of his journey, a flight from London to NYC. The plane on which he was a passenger was Pan Am Flight 103.
In the evening hours of December 21, 1988, thirty minutes after taking off from Heathrow Airport, Pan American Flight 103 blew up over Lockerbie, Scotland, killing all 259 passengers and crewmembers on board, including Matt, and 11 people on the ground. After more than 11 years of determined investigation by many officials in many countries, two Libyans were tried for the crime in a Scottish court convened in the Netherlands. One was convicted. Matt was buried in Arlington National Cemetery, and his legacy is forever commemorated with a star on the CIA’s memorial wall. This is his story.
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