IN 1953 I was posted to Hollandia (now Jayapura) as a Dutch East Indies Army Signals Intelligence (Sigint) Officer.
We needed to know if Australia and the United States would support us (the Dutch Government) in bringing West Papua to independence.
As we learnt from our intelligence intercepts, the two countries pretended to support the Dutch but did not do so in practice.
I was working as a freshly minted E-Course teacher in the Sepik District when Rockefeller disappeared in 1961 and took a great interest in the case which, ultimately, took a more concrete form in 1962 when I was posted to Vanimo not far across the border from Hollandia.
As it happened, the Hollandia Yacht Club made occasional sailing excursions to Vanimo where I met them and discussed the still hot topic of Rockefeller’s disappearance.