Philip Roettinger

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full namePhilip Clay•Roettinger
Used namePhilip•Roettinger
Born22 September 1915 in Cincinnati, Ohio (USA)
Died7 January 2002 in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato (MEX)
AffiliationsUS Marine Corps, (USA)
NOC United States


Philip Roettinger graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University and later served as a US Marine colonel in the Pacific during World War II. After the war, Roettinger worked for a time as a photographer and then joined the CIA as an operations officer. He was involved in the planning and execution of the 1954 overthrow of the left-wing Guatemalan government led by Jacobo Arbenz after it had threatened to nationalize property owned by the United Fruit Company. Roettinger later wrote of his mission that it was a mistake and he regretted it. After his retirement as a CIA operative, Roettinger moved to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico where he devoted his free time to painting portraits and landscapes.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1948 Summer Olympics Shooting USA Philip Roettinger
Rapid-Fire Pistol, 25 metres, Men (Olympic) 23

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