Charles "Charlie" Wilson
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Wilson, Charles "Charlie" Nesbitt (June 1, 1933 - February 10, 2010). Wilson was a United States naval officer and Democratic U.S. Representative from the 2nd Congressional District of Texas. Best known for convincing Congress to fund Operation Cyclone, a Central Intelligence Agency covert operation which supplied military equipment, including most notably Stinger antiaircraft missiles, and paramilitary officers from their Special Activities Division to the Afghan Mujahideen during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. His role in arranging this support was documented in the non-fiction book, Charlie Wilson's War, by George Crile and cinematically depicted in a film adaptation of the book starring Tom Hanks as Wilson.

Autographed photograph from James E. 'Jimmy' Carter, Jr., no date. Caption: Charlie, You're Great, Jimmy Carter. Autographed photograph from the Reagans, no date. Caption: To Congressman Charles Wilson, With Best Wishes, Nancy Reagan, Ronald Reagan. Charlie Wilson on horseback with members of the Afghan Mujahideen. Charlie Wilson with members of the Afghan Mujahideen.


Source: Wilson, Charles N., Manuscript Collection, Navy Department Library.