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CIA mum on 2007 star on honor wall

‘Lion of Fallujah’ took secret to his grave

Posted: July 20, 2014 at 3:35 a.m.

Marine Maj. Douglas Zembiec, seen in this undated photo with wife Pam and daughter Fallyn, four months old at the time, died May 11, 2007 in Baghdad during an operation for the CIA Special Activities Division's Ground Branch. Illustrates MARINE-CIA (category a), by Thomas Gibbons-Neff (c) 2014, The Washington Post. Moved Tuesday, July 15, 2014. (MUST CREDIT: Photo courtesy of Pam Zembiec)

WASHINGTON -- In the foyer of the Central Intelligence Agency's headquarters in Langley, Va., there is a marble wall covered in stars. They are carved divots that represent those who have fallen in the service of the CIA. Below them, jutting out from the polished rock, is a black book entombed in a case of glass and steel. The book is a guide to the stars, giving the names of some of those who died and withholding the names of others.

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