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

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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.









Published: Wed Dec 20 16:40:36 EST 2017