Did the Office of Naval Intelligence investigate Oswald?

The Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) is still seeking to block release of records related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

The ONI, according to researacher Bill Kelly, is withholding records of its own internal investigations of Oswald after he defected to the Soviet Union in 1959 and after JFK was killed in 1963. The latter reports would be explosive if they showed that U.S. Marine Corps investigators doubted that Oswald acted alone in killing Kennedy.

ONI representatives assert that America’s oldest intelligence service doesn’t have any such records. That claim is dubious, for a number of reasons.

ONI, writes Kelly at JFKcountercoup:

“seems to have misplaced all of its records related to the assassination of President Kennedy, the records of the Dallas ONI office, the investigative records and reports of the defection to the Soviet Union of former Marine Lee Harvey Oswald, the investigative reports of the assassination and the files of its director at the time – Admiral Rufus Taylor.

“The ONI has been playing this game for decades. When the Assassination Records Review Board tried to get these materials in the 1990s, a helpful ONI staffer located them, only to be laid off by her bosses who curbed her efforts to review ONI files. The ONI later said the documents did not exist.”
Thanks to Kelly we now know they did exist, as recently as 1998. We even know exactly what sort of records they were: a standard ONI form called “a 119 report.” Numerous credible witnesses have said that they generated or received “119 reports” on Oswald in 1959 and in 1963.
This is not a conspiracy theory. Rather, it is a granular story of how the U.S. government actually functions. It’s a story about how sensitive JFK records actually get censored in the 21st century.
For more information, see Bill Kelly’s The ONI records revisited.

14 comments

  1. JSA says:

    Two questions:
    Could Oswald have been recruited (via the Marine Corps) to ONI before being “sheep dipped” for USSR work?

    Second question: How does John Connolly fit into any of this, since he was Secretary of the Navy prior to becoming Gov. of Texas?

    • When the Assassination Records Review Board (ARRB) requested records from ONI, the Navy Reserve officer they assigned the task said she “accidentally” found an ONI file on defectors that the ARRB had requested. Some believe that ONI ran a fake defectors program. From Russia, former USMC defector Lee Harvey Oswald wrote a letter to John Connally, who had resigned his position as Navy Sec to run for governor of Texas. Connally passed Oswald’s letter on to his successor Fred Korth, a Fort Worth attorney who had represented Oswald’s mother and General Dynamics, the defense contractor. Oswald’s letter is among the public documents but records of the Dallas ONI office, the reports of the investigations of Oswald’s defection and post-assassination and the relevant records of the Director of ONI Rufus Taylor could not be located.

    • TLR says:

      It’s pretty obvious to me that Oswald defected to the USSR on behalf of either ONI or CIA. Ask anyone who has ever tried to get a hardship discharge from the military just how difficult it is, especially when your enlistment period is nearly up anyway.

      The fact that Oswald’s discharge was obviously fraudulent – he didn’t go home to take care of his mother, and she wasn’t really disabled – should have meant he would be prosecuted by the military when he returned home. But he wasn’t.

      The fact that he was a radar operator at a U-2 base and was in the USSR when Powers’ plane went down should have also been a subject to question him about when he returned. These and other things – like his not being debriefed by the CIA (officially, anyway) upon his return – add up to the “dog that didn’t bark.” What DIDN’T happen to Oswald speaks loudly about the true nature of his defection.

  2. Shane McBryde says:

    “The latter reports would be explosive if they showed that U.S. Marine Corps investigators doubted that Oswald acted alone in killing Kennedy.”

    I read Bill Kelly’s above referenced post over the weekend. It begs the question, who didn’t doubt Oswald acted alone?

    In an interview with Walter Cronkite, LBJ doubted. David Talbot documents that RFK & Mrs. Kennedy doubted, so much so they sent an emissary to the USSR to personally relate their doubt to Khrushchev. Talbot goes on to write that two JFK’s top aides doubted, but were instructed by RFK to lie to the WC. How explosive is that?

    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=10374276

    It’s on record that Warren Commissioner’s, Ky. Sen. John Sherman Cooper & Ga. Sen. Dick Russell doubted, HSCA members, Richard Sprague & Robert Blakey doubted. CIA director John McCone doubted. Dallas Police Chief Jesse Curry doubted.

    And, even this little gem from CBS’s Don Hewitt shows that he doubted: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWlFRCr33dk

    As to whether Oswald acted alone in shooting President Kennedy, it’s doubtful whether an attorney from Los Angles or a cable TV news guy have any idea what they’re talking about.

    It is without doubt, and factually accurate to say there was, is, and continues to be, from the lowliest man on the street to the highest councils of our government, doubt!

  3. Shane McBryde says:

    “The latter reports would be explosive if they showed that U.S. Marine Corps investigators doubted that Oswald acted alone in killing Kennedy.”

    I read Bill Kelly’s above referenced post over the weekend. It begs the question, who didn’t doubt Oswald acted alone?

    In an interview with Walter Cronkite, LBJ doubted. David Talbot documents that RFK & Mrs. Kennedy doubted, so much so they sent an emissary to the USSR to personally relate their doubt to Khrushchev. Talbot goes on to write that two of JFK’s top aides doubted, but were instructed by RFK to lie to the WC. How explosive is that?

    It’s on record that Warren Commissioner’s, Ky. Sen. John Sherman Cooper & Ga. Sen. Dick Russell doubted, HSCA members, Richard Sprague & Robert Blakey doubted. CIA director John McCone doubted. Dallas Police Chief Jesse Curry doubted.

    As to whether Oswald acted alone in shooting President Kennedy, it’s doubtful whether an attorney from Los Angles or a cable TV news guy have any idea what they’re talking about.

    It is without doubt, and factually accurate to say there was, is, and continues to be, from the lowliest man on the street to the highest councils of our government, doubt!

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  5. Mball says:

    Good article, very interesting. Somewhat of a sidebar on something you wrote in the article; Larry Crafard was mistaken for Oswald three times, one of the times at the Texas Employment Commission where he gave his name as Oswald. How was it determined that that person was Crafard?

  6. In response to the above question, it was established that Larry Crafard was the person who intentionally impersonated Oswald at the Texas Employment Commission by showing the women who interviewed him a series of photos of persons mistaken for Oswald and she selected Larry Crafard’s photo and identified him as the person. Crafard is a US Army veteran who Ruby recruited from a Dallas State Fair show. He left Dallas, taking money from the Carousel cash register that he thought Ruby owned him and hitch hiked out of town the day after the assassination.

    • leslie sharp says:

      The Dallas State Fair figures in the testimony of Lawrence Victor Meyers who met with Jack Ruby at the newly opened Cabana Motel on the 23rd. Meyers was a salesman for Ero Mfg. that held major contracts with AMF whose CEO during a brief but related time period was former Director of the CIA, Walter Bedell Smith who shared a board chair at RCA with former Chief of Naval Operations R.B. Carney who also sat on the small board of Bell Helicopter at the time of the assassination of President Kennedy, as well as Nation-Wide Securities along with recently fired DCI Allen Dulles who would become the driving force of the Warren Commission.

      • leslie sharp says:

        Anyone pursuing the Military Industrial Complex as it functioned in the lead up to the assassination will recognize the possibilities introduced in the aforementioned. From that simple foundation – Ero Manufacturing salesman LV Meyers’ friendship with Jack Ruby, their meeting at the Cabana Motel where the Pepsi Convention was being held, Meyers’ brother as a rep for the Long Island Pepsi enterprise was a guest at the Cabana, Pepsi’s alignment with the Harriman Brothers’ Union Pacific and via that conglomerate an alliance with United Fruit whose law firm, Sullivan and Cromwell was the bread and butter of the Dulles Brother – shouldn’t we ask “is this the human face of the MIC?” Or is this pure coincidence?

        Contrary to assertions made by some of the most informed, The Military Industrial Complex was not a faceless enterprise, nor should it be reduced to an anagram similar to the alphabet intelligence agencies of the day simply for the sake of expediency in completing a historical record of the assassination of John Kennedy; not until the real perpetrators, the human beings behind the assassination and the cover up are named.

    • Ronnie Wayne says:

      Deep stuff Mr. Kelly, I’ve read the last part elsewhere. I believe your post in it’s entirety because of your current and previous research. I’m feel sure jmac and co will ask for specifics. Or maybe they will ignore it for lack of facts to counter.

  7. mball says:

    Thanks. I wasn’t aware of the photo show up. I believe that the person who was at the employment commission had a tattoo on one of his arms. Seems I read about another Oswald sighting somewhere and the guy also had a tattoo. I’m thinking it was the forearm. No description of what the tat was, though.

  8. pbterry says:

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  9. Russ Lucas YNCS, USN-Ret says:

    McNamara raised hell about investigations not been done in a timely manner and I was assigned to get them cleaned out. One case, 06JX-XXXX-7HWH, was among them. Someone had reported that a New Orleans nightclub owner, a friend of Jack Ruby, was seen on board an aircraft carrier off of the coast of Florida as a guest of the Secretary of the Navy, John Connelly. No luck so I suggested that we refer it to the FBI. William Sullivan chewed the NIS Agent out as if “he was a new recruit”. He demand that the case be destroyed. I also read several letters that Oswalt wrote to SecNav when he was trying to get back to the U.S. Oswalt express that he was very grateful. I am getting very old and I would like this to be exposed before I die. I believe everyone knows how Sullivan screwed up the investigation into JFK’s death. The XXXX in the case number is a number starting with 0001 in January and there should be a record of it in the NIS office in Jacksonville (JX), Fla. Hopefully it would have been overlooked.

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