Frank Sturgis

United States Marine
Born Dec 9, 1924

Frank Anthony Sturgis, born Frank Angelo Fiorini, was one of the five Watergate burglars. He served in several branches of the United States military, aided Fidel Castro in the Cuban revolution of 1958, and worked as an undercover operative.

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1924 Birth Born in 1924.


1942 18 Years Old When still a child, his family moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. On October 5, 1942, in his senior year of high school, seventeen year old Frank Angelo Fiorini joined the United States Marine Corps and served under Col. "Red Mike" Merritt A. Edson in the First Marine Raider Battalion in the Pacific during the Second World War.


1945 21 Years Old Honorably discharged as a corporal in 1945, he joined the Norfolk police force on June 5, 1946. … Read More
1946 22 Years Old On October 5, 1946 he had a confrontation with his sergeant and resigned the same day. … Read More
1948 24 Years Old He was honorable discharged on August 30, 1948 and joined the United States Army the next day. … Read More
1952 28 Years Old 1 More Event
Returning to Norfolk in 1952, he took a job managing the Cafe Society tavern, then partnered with its owner, Milton Bass, to co-purchase and manage The Top Hat Nightclub in Virginia Beach. … Read More


1957 33 Years Old Sturgis moved to Miami in 1957 where the Cuban wife of his uncle Angelo Vona introduced him to former Cuban president Carlos Prio, who with other anti-Batista Cubans were plotting their return to power. … Read More
1958 34 Years Old 1 More Event
In March 1958, Sturgis opened a training camp in the Sierra Maestra mountains, where he taught Che Guevara and other 26th of July Movement rebel soldiers guerrilla warfare. … Read More
1959 35 Years Old 1 More Event
There is some evidence that in 1959, Sturgis had contact with Lewis McWillie, the manager of the Tropicana Casino. … Read More
1960 36 Years Old In January 1960, Sturgis and Lorenz took part in a failed attempt to poison Castro. … Read More
1961 37 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Some support for Hunt's involvement came from Kerry Wendell Thornley, who believed he had conversed with Hunt (who Thornley claimed used the alias "Gary Kirstein") on numerous occasions from 1961 to 1963 regarding plans to assassinate John F. Kennedy. … Read More
1963 39 Years Old …  Howard Hunt in connection with the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy.


1966 42 Years Old In the article, Marchetti argued that the House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA) had obtained a 1966 CIA memo that revealed Sturgis, Hunt and Gerry Patrick Hemming had been involved in the plot to kill Kennedy. … Read More
1972 48 Years Old On June 17, 1972, Sturgis, Virgilio González, Eugenio Martínez, Bernard Barker and James W. McCord, Jr. were arrested while installing electronic listening devices in the national Democratic Party campaign offices located at the Watergate office complex in Washington. … Read More
1973 49 Years Old In January 1973, Sturgis, Hunt, Gonzalez, Martinez, Barker, G. … Read More


1975 - 1976 2 More Events
1978 54 Years Old In August 1978, Victor Marchetti published an article about the assassination of John F. Kennedy in the Liberty Lobby newspaper, The Spotlight.
1979 55 Years Old In 1979 Sturgis traveled to Angola to help rebels fighting the communist government, which was supported by Cuba and the Soviet Union, and to teach guerrilla warfare.
1981 57 Years Old In 1981 he went to Honduras to train Contras who were fighting Nicaragua's Sandinista government, which was supported by Cuba and the Soviet Union; the Army of El Salvador; and the Honduras death squads. … Read More


1986 62 Years Old …  In 1986, he was interviewed on the television show Inside Edition claiming that the KGB was responsible for the assassination.
1989 65 Years Old In 1989 he visited Yassir Arafat in Tunis. … Read More
1993 69 Years Old In an obituary published December 5, 1993, the New York Times quoted Sturgis' lawyer, Ellis Rubin, as saying that Sturgis died of cancer a week after he was admitted to a veterans hospital in Miami, five days shy of his 69th birthday. … Read More
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