Finding Aids: Reference Information Paper 90 Appendix J
Reference Information Paper 90
A Finding Aid to Records Relating to American
Prisoners of War and Missing in Action from the Vietnam War Era, 1960-1994
Table of Contents
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]
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 . .
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
6. RECORDS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE CONCERNING OPERATION HOMECOMING.
1973-92. 3.4 ft.
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.
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.
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
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
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-
16. SELECTED RECORDS OF SPECIAL ASSISTANT FRANK A. SIEVERTS,
DEPARTMENT OF STATE. 1965-72. 18.4 ft.
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
20. COPIES OF SELECTED PAPERS OF HENRY KISSINGER. 1969-74. .4 ft.
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-
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
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.
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
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
26. FILES OF DEPUTY CHIEF CLERK RICHARD SMITH. 1991-92. 1.3 ft.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
The records include memorandums, correspondence, reports, copies of magazine
articles and other research materials. Some documents appear to have been filed by
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
D. Audiovisual Records of the Select Committee
49. AUDIO RECORDINGS OF DEPOSITIONS AND HEARINGS. 2 ft.
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
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.