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A Finding Aid to Records Relating to American Prisoners of War and Missing in Action from the Vietnam War Era, 1960-1994

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Appendix J: Inventory of the Records of the Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs, 102d Congress (1991-92)

Note: The information in this inventory is subject to change as additional processing of the Committee's records takes place.

[For more information about the records described in Appendix J, contact the Center for Legislative Archives, National Archives and Records Administration, 7th and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20408. Telephone: 202-357-5350]

Contents

A. Records Received from Other Agencies . . Series 1-21
B. Records of the Committee . . Series 22-34
C. Investigators Case Files . . Series 35-48
D. Audiovisual Records of the Select Committee . . Series 49-50
E. Electronic Records of the Select Committee . . Series 51
F. Classified Records Filed With Senate Security . . Series 52

A. Records Received from Other Agencies.

1. DOCUMENTS RECEIVED FROM EXECUTIVE OFFICES. 1964-90. 1.3 ft.
  • Arranged by agency of origin.
  • Memorandums, correspondence, lists, and reports from the offices of the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Department of the Navy, Joint Secretariat, Secretary of Defense, and Intelligence Community Staff. The bulk of the material is from the Secretary, Under Secretaries and Assistant Secretaries of Defense.

    2. POLICY FILES OF THE OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE. 1981-88. 3.8 ft.
  • Arranged in six subseries.
    a) Documents culled from the records of the POW/MIA Task Group and arranged numerically in numbered folders that document various subjects. They include policy statements, speeches, statistics, rosters, lists, answers to queries, historical information, Egress recaps, discussions of organizational support of the National League of Families and COLIFAN, and an after action report on Operation Homecoming by the U.S. Delegation to the Four Party Joint Military Commission. A "document index" that lists the contents of each folder is available.
    b) Correspondence and documents received by Brigadier General Daniel James, Jr., Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense.
    c) Records of the DoD/MIA Task Group including a Department of the Army inquiry on Lt. Col. "Bo" Gritz, and POW/MIA Daily Reports (September 1981 to February 1983).
    d) Files relating to the Smith/MacIntyre/Gregson video tapes.
    e) Records received from the Department of Defense with reference to the capsizing and sinking of the U. S. Drill Ship Glomar Java Sea in the South China Sea, October 25, 1983. Arranged by investigative report.
    f) Additional documents tabbed by Mr. Tourison during review of the Special Office for POW/MIA Affairs. The documents include State Department press releases, reports and memos from the National League of Families of POW/MIA in Southeast Asia, newspaper and magazine clippings, and a variety of other lists, reports, excerpts, and letters. The first folder in the subseries contains a list of 591 documents in this subseries.


    3. DECLASSIFIED DOCUMENTS OF THE CENTRAL DOCUMENTATION OFFICE, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE. 1982-91. 7.7 ft.
  • Arranged in three subseries.
  • The records consist of declassified documents sent to the committee by the Central Documentation Office in response to committee requests. The three subseries are as follows: a) records of the Tighe Task Force to Review the Defense Intelligence Agency's PW/MIA Analysis Center, consisting of six drafts and the final report with related records.
    b) declassified document packages consisting of declassified documents arranged in packages identified by "CDO Letter Numbers." The numbered CDO Letter packages are unarranged, but are listed in a "Note to Enclosure Listing" that accom- panies the subseries. The Note is annotated to show the box in which a listed document may be found. Each CDO Letter packet contains multiple documents, which are shown on the box list.
    c) PW/MIA Weekly Reports, 1982-91, consisting of two chronological collections of reports that overlap somewhat.

    4. MIA/POW POLICY DOCUMENTS OF THE JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE. 1965-91. 1.7 ft.
  • Unarranged.
  • Records include memorandums, reports, and other documents that were sent to or received by the JCS, or prepared for internal use.

    5. REPORTS AND OTHER RECORDS OF THE JOINT CASUALTY RESOLU- TION CENTER (JCRC), DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE. 1971-92. 2.5 ft.
  • Arranged in two subseries: JCRC live sightings; and, JCRC live sightings by Province.
  • The records include documents relating to live and dead sightings of Americans, location of grave sites, crash sites, and Viet Cong prison camp sites, and a variety of reports and analyses to verify such sightings. The documents include copies of letters and documents received in English and Southeast Asian languages, memorandums, text of telegrams, and other materials. The analytic reports include DoD Intelligence Information Reports, JCRC Evaluation Reports, and DIA Evaluation of Information Reports.

    6. RECORDS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE CONCERNING OPERATION HOMECOMING. 1973-92. 3.4 ft.
  • Unarranged.
  • The records include signed releases for select committee staff to review the portions of debriefings of returning POWs that relate to other POWs still held. They include Homecoming Egress Recap printouts, and reports of Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine personnel, as well as other printouts, lists, statements, and reports.

    7. LIVE SIGHTING REPORTS OF THE DEFENSE INTELLIGENCE AGENCY. 1962-92. 40.8 ft.
  • Arranged by DIA Live Sighting Source Numbers.
  • The records consist of the declassified documents of live sighting reports delivered to the select committee in partial compliance with the Senate's request to the President. To protect the identity of sources, their names were excised by the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), and the cases were referred to by a Source Number. In many instances sources provided more than one account, and the DIA assigned other numbers to these subsidiary reports. DIA live sighting reports are numbered from 1 to 15,313. They are accompanied by lists and indexes to the files. Nine-hundred and twenty-eight of the reports were removed from this series for use in the "Cluster Map" project, and filed in a separate series.
  • Three indexes provide access to the live sighting files: 1) by source number, 2) by date of sighting, and 3) by location of sighting. The index entries contain data from the SI Report data base used by the Defense Intelligence Agency as one of its information management systems. The data base printouts include fields for the following information: 1) Source Number or case number; 2) type of sighting (POW or MIA and First Hand or Hearsay); 3) summary contents of the report; 4) date of sighting; 5) latitude; 6) longitude; 7) location designator; 8) country of sighting; 9) original reporting agency; 10) status of report; and 11) disposition of the case.
  • On the printout of live sightings arranged by location, the top of each page shows the coordinates for the sightings, such as "File search was based on center point of 205800n 1054600e for 25 kilometers." In most cases the location is hand-written alongside, such as "Ha Dong." The locations indexed are Ben Nape, Ha Dong, Hai Phong, Hanoi, Hoa Bin, Hon Gai, Hon Gai (other coordinates), Loa Cai, Mahaxai, Muong Khoua, Muong Ngoy, Muong Sai, Nho Quan, Noug Het, Pleiku, Sam Neua, Sonla, and Tehepohe.
  • A few live sighting reports from the Joint Casualty Resolution Center, arranged by geographical area, are filed at the end of this series. They were numbered by the Senate Security Office. Some (but not all) of these sightings are also in the DIA system and may have DIA numbers.

    8. LIVE SIGHTING REPORTS USED IN THE SELECT COMMITTEE'S CLUSTER ANALYSIS. 1962-92. 17.2 ft.
  • Arranged by location according to the grid system used by the select committee in its Cluster Analysis.
  • The records consist of live sighting reports that were removed from the original series of DIA live sighting reports for use in the cluster map analysis project. Each box contains reports of live sightings from one or more grid segments, and a map of Vietnam with the segments highlighted. There are three finding aids for this series: a box list showing the grid segments in each box; a box list showing the sighting reports contained in each box; and a list showing the box location of the sighting reports used in the cluster analysis.

    9. PRINTOUT OF DATA BASE COMBINING DIA, DIOR, JCRC POW/MIA LISTS. 1961-80. .4 ft.
  • Arranged alphabetically by last name of serviceman.
  • The printout was produced from a data base created by combining the POW/MIA data bases maintained by three Department of Defense agencies: the Defense Intelli- gence Agency, the Directorate of Information, Operations, and Reports, and the Joint Casualty Resolution Center. The primary purpose of the printout appears to be the comparison of names on the three data bases. The entry for each individual name contains three rows of information: one row each for data in the DIA, DIOR, and JCRC data bases (if no entry the row remains blank). The data columns have the following titles: Name; Serv; DOB; Doc/Date; Status; SSN; State. The printout also contains a section for Remarks related to each name, that includes the following fields: Cas Place; Paygrade; Porc Date; BNR Status; Duty; Grade; Nation; Serv#; and Unit.

    10. JOINT SERVICES SURVIVAL, EVASION, RESISTANCE, ESCAPE (SERE) AGENCY POLICY RECORDS, DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE. 1976-92. 6.8 ft.
  • Unarranged.
  • The records of the Joint Services SERE Agency (JSSA) of the U.S. Air Force consist of copies of correspondence, memorandums, reports and other documents that were declassified at the request of the select committee. They are arranged in folders that have folder titles and PC-numbers that are part of the JSSA filing system. The files are not arranged according to the folder titles or the PC-numbers.

    11. RECORDS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY RELATING TO POW/MIA AFFAIRS. 1965-80. 10.5 ft.
  • Unarranged.
  • Memorandums, correspondence, reports, and other documents in folders labeled with "PC- " numbers and folder titles. There is no apparent arrangement by either numbers or titles.

    12. RECORDS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY RELATING TO POW/MIA AFFAIRS. 1976-92. .4 ft.
  • Arranged in two files: Records of the Department of the Navy and Records of the Marine Corps.
  • The records consist of the response of the Department of the Navy and the Marine Corps to the request of the select committee for archival records relating to the POW/MIA issue. They include administrative memorandums relating to responsibility for records, and relevant documentation.

    13. RECORDS OF THE PARIS PEACE ACCORDS TEAM, DEPARTMENT OF STATE. 1968-73. 4.3 ft.
  • Arranged in two subseries: 1) Transcripts of meetings and related documents; and 2) Documents passed to the other side at technical meetings.
  • Selected transcripts of Paris Peace Accords meetings and related documents arranged chronologically by date of meeting, May 1968 to January 1973. The associat- ed documents include telegrams to the State Department in Washington, texts of speeches, analyses, and memorandums.
  • Documents passed to the other side are arranged by country: Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, and thereunder chronologically. The documents passed to the other side consist of narrative POW/MIA reports prepared by the Joint Casualty Resolution Center. The reports have case numbers, and the reports passed at each technical session are usually arranged in ascending numerical order.

    14. WASHINGTON CABLE TRAFFIC (TWX) RELATING TO THE PARIS PEACE ACCORDS, DEPARTMENT OF STATE. 1973-92. 6.8 ft.
  • Arranged chronologically in two subseries, following a single reference file on State Department personnel.
  • The first subseries is a selected TWX file, concerned with POW/MIA affairs at the Paris Peace Accords, originating from Washington DC, 1973-92. The records include the text of telegrams and copies of related documents.
  • The second subseries consists of computer generated texts of cable messages sent and received by the Secretary of State in Washington concerning the POW/MIA issues from 1973 to 1992.
  • The reference file includes documents that may help researchers identify key names in other files. These documents include: excerpts from State Department telephone directories, computer printouts, foreign service lists, and employee lists of persons who served in Bangkok, Thailand and Vientiane, Laos from 1961 to the present. Miscellaneous declassified State Department documents are filed at the end of the series.

    15. PARIS EMBASSY CABLE TRAFFIC (TWX) RELATING TO THE PARIS PEACE ACCORDS, DEPARTMENT OF STATE. 1968-72. 11.6 ft.
  • Arranged by Records Center accession number.
  • Selected TWX file concerned with POW/MIA affairs at the Paris Peace Accords originating from the United States Embassy, Paris, France. The records consist of copies of State Department documents drawn from a number of shipments to the Washington National Records Center. The file is arranged by shipment (or accession), and does not have an overall meaningful arrangement that would assist researchers. However, within the individual accessions the records generally are arranged chrono- logically.

    16. SELECTED RECORDS OF SPECIAL ASSISTANT FRANK A. SIEVERTS, DEPARTMENT OF STATE. 1965-72. 18.4 ft.
  • Unarranged.
  • Selected records from the desk of Frank Sieverts, Special Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of State for Prisoner of War Matters. The files include copies of telegrams and airgrams (most of which were prepared or approved by Sieverts), lists of POWs and MIAs in Southeast Asia, memorandums, clippings, translations of various documents, and messages including newspaper and magazine stories and propaganda, transcripts of audio messages, document analyses, and correspondence. The documents primarily cover the years 1965 through 1972, but may include later material. The records are mostly unarranged, but some folders appear to contain records relating to specific subjects such as delivering mail to prisoners or travel of families of prisoners.

    17. CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY REPORTS OF POW/MIA SIGHTINGS. 1976-92. .4 ft.
  • Arranged by country and report number.
  • The records consist of six groups of CIA POW/MIA intelligence reports: three reports on Laos numbered 315, 316 and 317, and three reports on Vietnam also numbered 315, 316 and 317. An index showing report number and date of promulga- tion precedes each group.

    18. FOREIGN MEDIA REPORTS AND OTHER RECORDS RELATED TO POW/MIA AFFAIRS OF THE FOREIGN BROADCAST INFORMATION SERVICE (FBIS). 1974-92. .4 ft.
  • Arranged by record type.
  • The records include: a) FBIS reports and analyses of POW/MIA issue according to foreign public media; b) foreign media reports on return of U.S. MIA remains; c) foreign media reports on live sightings, 1974-89; d) official Vietnamese media statements on the POW/MIA issue, 1990-92; e) Vietnamese media commentaries on POW/MIA issue, 1974-92; and f) foreign media reports on meetings between U.S. and Vietnamese delegations on the POW/MIA issue.

    19. FILES OF THE MINORITY STAFF OF THE SENATE FOREIGN RELATIONS COMMITTEE (TRACY USRY FILES). 1968-90. 12.4 ft.
  • Arranged in ten numbered "file groups," and within each file group alphabetical- ly. The first box contains a document list and name index.
  • Folders in the file groups cover individuals, organizations, reports, and subjects. The series, accumulated by staff member Tracy Usry, contains a wide range of materials, including letters, interviews, memorandums, issue papers, speeches, news clippings, cables, telegrams, printouts, testimony, and reports. Several of the reports in box 1 relate to the history of the POW/MIA issue: "POW/MIA Memoranda Listing Indexes to all Congressional Testimony on POW/MIA Since 1971," "Significant Documents Relating to the POW/MIA Committee," and "Review of U.S. Policy Toward POW/MIAs by Republican Staff of Senate Foreign Relations." The document list includes the folder title as well as descriptions of many of the documents within each folder.

    20. COPIES OF SELECTED PAPERS OF HENRY KISSINGER. 1969-74. .4 ft.
  • Unarranged.
  • The records consist of documents relating to POW/MIA affairs during the Vietnam era that were copied from the personal papers of Henry Kissinger housed in the Library of Congress. They include declassified memorandums for the President, memorandums of conversation, memorandums to file, texts of cable traffic, and various types of reports relating to the Paris Peace Accords, negotiating strategies, and the release of prisoners of war.

    21. RECORDS RECEIVED AFTER FEBRUARY 1, 1993. 1967-85. 7 ft.
  • Arranged by source.
  • This series contains declassified copies of documents from agencies in response to the select committee's request for documentation. Some agencies were unable to complete declassification of documents for the committee until after the committee was disbanded. The records in this series were provided to committee staff after the committee went out of existence, and were retired to the National Archives. The records include declassified copies of documents from the United States Information Agency, the Labor Department, the State Department, and the Joint Casualty Resolu- tion Center.

    B. Records of the Committee

    22. TRANSCRIPTS OF DEPOSITIONS. 1991-92. 13.7 ft.
  • Arranged alphabetically by surname of deposed individual. There is a folder title list.
  • Transcribed copies of testimony of persons deposed by the committee. Appendix K lists the depositions in alphabetical order by surname of the deponent.

    23. DEPOSITION AND WITNESS CASE FILES MAINTAINED BY THE OFFICE OF THE CHIEF CLERK. 1991-92. 12 ft.
  • Arranged alphabetically by surname of individual. There is a folder title list.
  • These records include transcripts of testimony and related documentation for persons deposed by the committee and witnesses at committee hearings. The docu- mentation includes authorizations for and notices of deposition, and exhibits submitted with testimony. Some of the files include abstracts of the testimony.

    24. WORKING FILES OF STAFF DIRECTOR FRANCES A. ZWENIG. 1991-92. 5.1 ft.
  • Unarranged. There is a folder title list.
  • The records contain correspondence, memorandums, reports, lists, and clippings concerning U.S. policy toward POW/MIAs, committee procedures, hearings, meetings, evidence, declassification of documents, and other matters related to the work of the committee. Included are some files on individual witnesses, staff members, committee members, and POWs.

    25. MISCELLANEOUS FILES OF CHIEF CLERK NANCY CUDDY. 1991-92. .8 ft.
  • Unarranged. There is a folder title list.
  • The records include correspondence, memorandums, reports, logs, lists, indexes, calendars, and other materials relating to committee rules, procedures, funding, powers, resolutions, hearings, voting and proxies, and staffing. They include various files on document security and declassification of documents, and a list documents from the Office of Senate Security.
  • The records include the Russian documents submitted as exhibits by General Volkogonov, translations of which appear on pages 444-1044 of the published select committee hearings of November 10 and 11, 1992; a chronological correspondence file and log for 1992; copies of briefing books and backup material for the 1992 hearings, Ross Perot's testimony, and the April trip to Southeast Asia; samples of constituent correspondence; a January 5, 1993, draft of the select committee's final report, backup material, and the Vice Chairman's comments on the final report. Other records include Staff Director Zwenig files on Task Force Russia, the trip to Russia, and POW records in Records Centers; files on the April Vietnam trip, the December hearings, and the declassification and archiving projects. Transcripts of the depositions of four Central Intelligence Agency officials were moved from this file to the depositions series (series 22).

    26. FILES OF DEPUTY CHIEF CLERK RICHARD SMITH. 1991-92. 1.3 ft.
  • Unarranged.
  • The records include the case file on Michael John Kustigian who disappeared from the USS Longbeach at sea in 1968, and copies of reports and analyses of lists of POW/MIAs, including lists dated 27 Jan 1973, 11 Dec 1991, and several breakdowns from the Operation Homecoming period in 1973. Also included are a transcript oral history of officers Blau, Harder, Ribellia, and Schofield, the so-called "Baron 52 Tape," and a copy of a 1992 National Security Agency Correlation Study.

    27. WORKING FILES OF CHIEF COUNSEL WILLIAM CODINHA. 1991-92. 8.1 ft.
  • Arranged in two subseries: thereunder the first subseries is arranged by record type and the second in alphabetical order. There is a folder title list.
  • The records in the first subseries consist of files on committee members, staff members and witnesses, and briefing books on hearings. The second subseries consists of files on individuals, agencies, offices, and various other subjects.

    28. FILES OF PRESS SECRETARY DEBRA DEYOUNG. 1991-92. .5 ft.
  • Unarranged.
  • The file includes copies of committee press releases and copies of "Key Docu- ments" identified by committee staff. In addition to the paper documents, DeYoung's files included most of the videotape collection of the committee (see series 50).

    29. WORKING FILES OF CAMILLA J. BARTLES. 1991-92. 1.3 ft.
  • Unarranged.
  • Files of letters drafted by Bartles for Chairman John Kerry's signature, including memorandums, and other related material.

    30. COMMITTEE CORRESPONDENCE FILE. 1991-92. 3.4 ft.
  • Arranged in three subseries: 1) committee requests to agencies for documents, arranged chronologically; 2) agency responses to requests for documents, arranged chronologically; and, 3) outgoing letters of chairmen and principal staff, arranged by writer.
  • The correspondence in the first and second subseries documents the efforts of the committee to obtain copies of all records relating to POW/MIA affairs from govern- ment agencies. Committee-created folder title lists show each of the 459 committee's letters to agencies and 464 responses received from agencies, and provide brief summaries.
  • The third subseries consists of copies of outgoing letters from Senator John F. Kerry, Senator Robert C. Smith, Chief Counsel William Codinha, Staff Director Frances Zwenig, and Investigators Neal E. Kravitz and Barry Valentine.

    31. TRANSCRIPTS AND PRINTED VERSIONS OF HEARING TESTIMONY. 1991-92. 3 ft.
  • Arranged chronologically.
  • Copies of the printed hearings and transcripts of hearings and other recorded meetings. In addition to the open committee hearings, there are statements from Tracy Usry, Mark Smith, and Royal Lao General Khan Hou Boussarath, and three transcripts of committee business meetings; a transcript of a committee sensitive briefing on POW/MIA investigation policy and process; and transcripts of committee briefings and hearings on the declassification and release of executive branch materials.

    32. BRIEFING BOOKS. 1991-92. 1.3 ft.
  • Arranged chronologically.
  • Briefing books and backup documents prepared for the hearings and meetings held between April 16, 1991, and December 4, 1992. The briefing books contain biographies of witnesses, copies of prepared statements, and other background material.

    33. COMMITTEE FINAL REPORT AND COMMITTEE PRINT. 1992-93. 2 ft.
  • Arranged chronologically.
  • The records consist of draft versions of the select committee's final report (Senate Report 103-1), which were written between November 1992 and January 1993, and a Committee Print on the Authority and Rules of the Select Committee.

    34. CLUSTER ANALYSIS MAP. 1 map
  • The Cluster Analysis Map is a large 80" x 56" map of Vietnam overlaid with a grid system, upon which are plotted and marked by colored push-pins, the locations of live sightings. The map was created by the professional staff of the select committee as part of an alternative type of analysis of sightings to that used by the Defense Intelligence Agency. The objective of the analysis was to determine if live sightings would cluster at certain locations when plotted on a map, especially around areas known to have POW camps. A summary of the Cluster Map methodology begins on page 181 of the select committee's final report.
  • The live sighting reports used in the Cluster Analysis were removed from the original series of DIA Live Sighting Reports (series 7) and arranged by grid locations in the series DIA Live Sighting Reports Used In the Cluster Analysis (series 8). C. Investigators Case Files

    35. WORKING FILES OF COMMITTEE INVESTIGATOR HILTON FOSTER. 1991-92. 17.2 ft.
  • Arranged by file number, but with no indication as to the meaning of the numbers. There is a folder title list.
  • The records consist primarily of files relating to the 1992 investigation of fraud in POW/MIA activist organizations, including Vietnam Veterans of America, Prisoner of War Committee, and National League of Families of POW/MIA in Southeast Asia. The files contain correspondence, memorandums, reports, clippings, annual reports, financial statements, income tax forms, and a variety of other materials. Included are the responses of the Attorneys General of the States to committee requests for documentation on charitable organizations soliciting funds within their boundaries, and other state files on POW organizations. Other records include various intelligence reports and accompanying documentation, copies of selected POW/MIA newsletters and newspapers, and copies of selected depositions.

    36. WORKING FILES OF COMMITTEE INVESTIGATOR ALEX GREENFIELD. 1991-92. 1.3 ft.
  • Unarranged.
  • The records include memorandums, correspondence, reports, copies of magazine articles and other research materials. Some documents appear to have been filed by Hilton Foster.

    37. WORKING FILES OF COMMITTEE INVESTIGATOR SEDGEWICK TOURISON. 1991-92. 9 ft.
  • Unarranged. There is a folder title list.
  • These records contain the most complete set of data bases and lists received by the committee, although many of the lists are separated from cover documentation and are unidentified. The files include various lists and narrative descriptions of persons missing in Southeast Asia, analytic memorandums and data base printouts prepared by Tourison, the committee's "Master List" of lists received by 3/12/92 and a collection of lists, and DoD directives pertaining to information management, deserters, and casualty reporting. Also included are documents related to the MACV-SOG Documentation Study and a declassified Defense Intelligence Agency printout entitled, "DIA PW/MIA Automated File (PMSEA)" dated September 1979.

    38. WITNESS FILES AND OTHER RECORDS OF COMMITTEE INVESTIGA- TOR NEAL E. KRAVITZ. 1991-92. 6 ft.
  • Arranged in four subseries: witness files; substantive and administrative files; deposition and hearing transcripts; and miscellaneous documents. There is a folder title list.
  • The witness files of the Investigative Counsel are arranged alphabetically by name. The substantive and administrative files consist of files on various subjects such as committee memorandum files, committee rules, declassification, Paris Peace Accords, the Kissinger Papers, staff meeting notes, returnee debriefings, various reports, and the index to all Congressional POW/MIA hearings. The deposition and hearing transcripts duplicate records filed elsewhere. The miscellaneous documents consist of files on Paris Peace Accord subjects, declassification, a GAO report on identification of human remains, and files on hearing and non-hearing witnesses.

    39. WORKING FILES OF COMMITTEE INVESTIGATOR TOM LANG. 1991-92. 2.5 ft.
  • Unarranged.
  • Records relating to testimony before Congressional committees, copies of correspondence and reports from various military agencies and private individuals and organizations, lists from an automated (ORIS) search for documents on prisons, and briefing books from "Technical Meetings" from September 1988 to May 1991 (possibly submitted by the Joint Casualty Resolution Center).

    40. WORKING FILES OF COMMITTEE INVESTIGATOR BARRY VALENTINE. 1991-92. .8 ft.
  • Unarranged. There is a folder title list.
  • Memorandums and copies of reports and lists.

    41. WORKING FILES OF COMMITTEE INVESTIGATOR JON D. HOLSTINE. 1991-92. 3.4 ft.
  • Unarranged. There is a folder title list.
  • The files contain correspondence, memorandums, reports, lists, DIA live sighting reports data base printouts, and other materials related to analysis of the sightings. They contain a wide variety of packages of documentation submitted by private individuals and organizations. Much of the material consists of analyses and daily revisions of a data base of live sighting reports that may have been associated with the Cluster Map Project.

    42. WORKING FILES OF COMMITTEE INVESTIGATOR HAROLD H. NICKLAS. 1991-92. .8 ft.
  • Unarranged.
  • Memorandums, interviews, case files, requests for information or documents, and working papers related to the committee work.

    43. WORKING FILES OF COMMITTEE INVESTIGATOR JOHN ERICKSON. 1991-92. 2.1 ft.
  • Unarranged. There is a folder title list.
  • The records consist primarily of reference copies of reports of various commit- tees, commissions, and agencies on POW/MIA affairs; excerpts from hearings on missing persons in Southeast Asia; and various publications. The files also contain a small number of memorandums, including a list of actions taken by the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, 1960-91. There are a few records relating to identification of remains, primarily information about and questions relating to the Army Central Identification Laboratory in Hawaii.

    44. WORKING FILES OF COMMITTEE INVESTIGATOR WILLIAM E. LEGRO. 1991-92. 5.6 ft.
  • Unarranged. There is a folder title list.
  • Files on individuals, correspondence with and requests directed to the DoD POW/MIA Central Documentation Office, lists and statistical analyses, memorandums, drafts of reports and statements, research materials, and documents and reports received from private organizations or individuals and from other agencies. Some of the material relates to World War II and Korean War missing in action. There are four 1992 reports and translations published by the Joint Task Force Russia (POW/MIA) for use by the US/Russia Joint Commission on POW/MIAs.

    45. WORKING FILES OF COMMITTEE INVESTIGATOR STEVE GEKOSKI. 1991-92. .4 ft.
  • Unarranged
  • The records include reference copies of various reports, lists, correspondence, and memorandums related to POW/MIA issues, including the investigation of the Defense Intelligence Agency.

    46. WORKING FILES OF COMMITTEE INVESTIGATOR BOB TAYLOR. 1991-92. 3.8 ft.
  • Unarranged. There is a folder title list.
  • The records consist primarily of interoffice memorandums and other materials used in the preparation for hearings or planning and implementing of investigatory procedures. They include copies of various reports and lists, among them the Depart- ment of the Army personnel file on Barry A. Toll.

    47. CASE FILE RELATING TO PAUL B. WHIPKEY. 1957-92. 1.2 ft.
  • Arranged in binders as described below.
  • Paul B. Whipkey disappeared while in the Army in 1957 and it was believed that he had left his car, wandered into the desert and died, and that the shifting sands covered his body. His brother Carl Whipkey collected a file on the disappearance, asked to be deposed by the committee, and turned over a copy of his file. Among the materials provided to the select committee by Carl Whipkey: 1) a binder of exhibits identified in two parts as # A through # D5 and #1 through 53 (both parts are prefaced by a documents list); 2) a binder containing FBI file 42-141960-26 on the Paul Whipkey disappearance; 3) a binder labeled "Lt. Paul B. Whipkey: 1983 to 1992 problems with GI insurance, Death Gratuities, Senator Heinz, Spector, Kerry POW/MIA Committee & Synopsis"; 4) testimony before a 1982 Army Board for Correction of Military Records in the case of Paul Whipkey; and 5) a folder of newspaper stories about Whipkey.

    48. RECORDS RELATING TO THE INVESTIGATION OF ROBERT R. GARWOOD. 1965-92. 3 ft.
  • Arranged chronologically.
  • The records are related to Marine Pfc. Robert Garwood, who in 1984 claimed that his travels in Vietnam gave him reason to believe that at least 70 U.S. servicemen were still being held prisoner in that country. The bulk of the records are the declassified documents relating to Garwood's military career arranged in annual folders from 1965 through 1992. The records include Garwood's military records, newspaper and magazine clippings, correspondence, statistical analyses, transcripts of Vietnamese communist propaganda radio and the declassified transcripts of a 1988 Garwood debriefing.

    D. Audiovisual Records of the Select Committee

    49. AUDIO RECORDINGS OF DEPOSITIONS AND HEARINGS. 2 ft.
  • Arranged chronologically.
  • The records consist of audio cassette recordings of selected depositions. Appendix L lists these recordings. Transcripts of depositions are described in series 22 and listed in appendix K.

    50. VIDEOTAPES OF COMMITTEE HEARINGS, TELEVISION NEWS, DOCU- MENTARIES, AND OTHER PRODUCTIONS.4 ft.
  • Arranged by subject matter: select committee hearings and other meetings; television news coverage; television special programs and documentaries; and POW/- MIA videotapes produced by various organizations.
  • The records consist of videotapes relating to the work of the select committee and to POW/MIA affairs, created by or collected by the select committee. They include coverage of most of the committee's hearings, fact-finding trips of Members, and Senate floor debate on POW/MIAs. Television news coverage includes network news, and special coverage on programs such as "MacNeil/Lehrer," "Nightline," and "Today." Documentaries include C-SPAN's 14 hour "Vietnam Revisited" and a 9 hour tape "POW/MIA." Other videotapes include such titles as "Bravo Veteran's Forum," "Fortunate Son," "Bo Gritz Expose," "Missing in Action," and "It's Time To Get Serious About American Prisoners of War in Southeast Asia" by Billy Hendon. Appendix M lists tapes in the select committee's videotape documents collection.

    E. Electronic Records of the Select Committee

    51. ELECTRONIC RECORDS.
  • The Senate Select Committee made use of automated word processing, e-mail, spreadsheet and data base technology. A small number of floppy discs were transferred to the National Archives along with the paper records of the committee. Most, if not all, of the information in electronic format was printed-out and is also preserved in the paper records of the committee.

    F. Classified Records Filed with Senate Security

    52. OFFICE OF SENATE SECURITY CLASSIFIED FILE. 92 ft.
  • Arranged in the order received by the Office of Senate Security. A folder title list is available.
  • The documents in this series are copies of records from the files of the Depart- ment of Defense and other agencies that contain national security classified information and were given to the select committee in response to its request for documentation relating to POW/MIA affairs. The series also includes documents created in the select committee, such as depositions, and the working files of staff investigators, which contain classified material.


    Note: Compiled by Charles E. Schamel. Published by the National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC, 1996.

    Web version prepared 1999. Additions and changes incorporated in the Web version are between brackets [] and in italics.

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