Tuesday, February 12, 2013

New River, NC USMC Air Facility

                                     Oswald Records at New River, NC USMC Air Facility

Oliver "Buck" Revell 

Peter Dale Scott wrote: …An even more informative source might be Oliver “Buck” Revell, the former Marine officer who after sharing information with the FBI about Oswald rose to be the number three man in the Bureau. Revell has set out his lengthy involvement with the JFK case in his own words:

I have been involved in the Kennedy assassination investigation since its inception. First as a Marine officer, I was assigned to assist the FBI while it was conducting a detailed inquiry into Lee Harvey Oswald’s military background at the Marine Corps Air Facility, New River, N.C. Many years later, as FBI assistant director in charge of criminal investigations, it was my responsibility to follow up and take appropriate action on the findings and recommendations of the House Select Committee on Assassinations…Since May 1991, I have been the special agent in charge of the FBI’s Dallas division, nad it has been my responsibility to conduct any additional investigation warranted in the Kennedy case, as alleged evidence or new documents have been brought to light. 101

The Review Board should question Mr. Revell about whatever records he and the FBI may have consulted at the MCAF New River facility, a place whee (as far as we have been told) Oswald never served. 102.

[102 Note: Larry Haapanen has pointed out to me that, on December 11, 1963, the Secret Service reported that Captain Donovan had suggested the Secret Service tal to Sergeant Carnellias [sic] Brown, “presently stationed at New River, North Carolina,” who “should be able to furnish some information on Oswald’s background” [CD 87, p. 5]. This is presumably the Staff Sergeant “Cornelius Brown” whose name Donovan offered as a source to the Warren Commission (8 WH 297-99, 302).

It is certain that none of the Oswald Marine records we now have were stored there.

Many thanks to Robert Howard for providing this:

A G-Man’s Journal - Oliver “Buck” Revell w/Dwight Williams - Pocket Books - 1998
page 18,

For the next few days we surveilled the activity of the Soviet ships and missile sites, quietly watching on as they floated their devastating cargo back across the Atlantic. The world had been brought back from the brink of thermonuclear war; the nations frayed nerves, however wouldn’t quell so easy. For the next few weeks we continued our surveillance of the island, but after a month and a half of being on station, the USS Okinawa began to run short on fuel and supplies. That’s when we received welcome news. We would be arriving at Mayport Naval Station just outside Jacksonville, Florida, in three days. Everyone, the skipper promised, would get at least twenty-four hours of shore leave. As soon as I was ashore, I called Sharon where she was staying with her folks in Mars Hill, North Carolina, a small town in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains. When she answered, my legs went weak.

She was utterly surprised to be hearing from me, thinking I was still off the coast of Cuba. I quickly asked her if she could come down and spend a day on the beach here in Jacksonville, as this could be the last time I would see her in months. She could leave our baby with her folks, and we could have just a few hours together.

If there was any way in the world to do it, she said, she would. And she did. She took an eighteen-hour bus ride straight south, and we spent the next twenty-four hours together. What followed was the best second honeymoon a couple could ever want.

Soon thereafter I returned to the New River Air Facility in North Carolina, and my duties settled into more routine matters. But I would never forget what happened that October of 1962. Nor would the country, as the armed services remained in constant readiness. The Cuban Missile Crisis was one of those events that defined the times like no other. Nearly every day I flew training missions while the country navigated itself through the height of the cold war. Though we lived with this invisible threat, the world seemed a quieter place in the aftermath of that October. At least it seemed that way until one cool November day. 

As I look back on it today, that afternoon has a strange clarity. In my minds eye the sky is clear and impossibly blue, the helicopter, the VIP aircraft of Marine Air Group Twenty-six, gleaming on the tarmac, its leather interior freshly polished. Once we took off and picked up our passenger, the Assistant Commanding General of the Second Division, I flew over the coast along the Eastern seaboard, the sea and sky fantastically clear below and beneath me. Then came a strangely urgent signal over the radio. It was news from Dallas. John Fitzgerald Kennedy had been hit by an assassin’s bullet..........

Then a moment later there was a commotion and a single pop! "He's been shot!" I shouted. Within a few seconds the commentator confirmed this with the same exclamation.....It was a surreal moment in American history. The country would never again be quite the same. But we had to get on with our lives, and that meant taking care of our two-year-old, Russell, and our two-week-old infant, Jeffrey. For me it also meant flying and conducting judge advocate general (JAG) investigations for the Marine Corps. 

It would be business as usual.Within a week of Oswald's death, however, something unusual happened. Two FBI agents arrived unannounced at my office in MCAF New River. One of the agents introduced himself as Bill Pierson, the senior resident agent from Jacksonville, North Carolina, a town near the Marine base.
We’ve been assigned to investigate the background of Lee Harvey Oswald," he said. “Apparently several Marines who worked with Oswald are assigned here to the air group or the air station, and we'd like the support of the Marine Corps in finding and interviewing these fellows.” Of course I was amazed. As a young Marine I was also ecstatic at the prospect of being of any assistance at all. Once the effort was approved at Marine headquarters, I learned that I would be the liason to facilitate the investigation at New River. I would not participate directly in the effort; I would not sit in on interviews or research any of the records.

But I would one day view my job as a cathartic experience. Little enough could be found on Lee Harvey Oswald, yet it felt good being involved in addressing the mystery of just who this man was.

The Marines who had worked with or knew Oswald couldn’t add much to the Bureau’s knowledge of his short and tortured life. But at least a few people at New River could recall Oswald from his days in the Corps.

What they had to say seemed to fit the profile of a surly and mentally unbalanced young man. The investigation lasted for only three or four weeks, and the information that spoke most poignantly of Lee Harvey Oswald was that after two courts-martial he had been released from the Marines on a request for a hardship discharge.

page 20, page 21


Robert notes:  I am not positive but the person who was picked up on November 22, 1963 might have been Brigadier General Paul G. Graham.

General Graham completed the Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., in June 1958; subsequently he was assigned as Officer in Charge, Officer Selection office in New York City until 1961. Promoted to lieutenant colonel in July 1961, he joined the 2d Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, N. C., and served as the Commanding Officer, 2d Reconnaissance Battalion. In June 1962, he was reassigned as the Commanding Officer, 1st Battalion, 2d Marines, which deployed as the Landing Force, 6th Fleet in the Mediterranean. Upon his return to the United States in the early part of 1963, he was assigned as the Assistant G-3, 2d Marine Division.
Biography: http://educationforu...showtopic=11299

Mr. Revell is the founder and President of Revell Group International, Inc., a global business and security-consulting firm, based in Rowlett, Dallas County, Texas. He also serves as Executive V.P. of Rogue DNA, Inc, Vancouver, B.C., Canada..

Mr. Revell was born in Muskogee, Oklahoma, attended the University of Georgia and East Tennessee State University, receiving a B.Sc. degree in 1960; he received a Master's degree in Public Administration from Temple University, Philadelphia, PA. in 1972. He completed executive programs at the Federal Executive Institute; the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; and the National Executive Institute, FBI Academy, as well as the Program for Senior Executives in National and International Security, Kennedy School, Harvard University in 1989. In June 1960, Mr. Revell was commissioned a Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps and served four and one‑half years as an aviator.  He left active duty in November 1964, as a Captain.

On November 16, 1964, Mr. Revell was appointed a Special Agent of the FBI.  He served in the Kansas City, Philadelphia and Tampa Divisions and at FBI Headquarters (FBIHQ) in the Organized Crime Section, the Inspection Division, and the Office of Planning and Evaluation.  In January 1975, Mr. Revell was promoted to Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Chicago Division, and later served as Acting Special Agent in Charge. In October 1976, Mr. Revell was promoted to Senior Executive Service (SES) rank and designated Inspector, Executive Assistant to the Associate Director at FBIHQ.  In November 1977, he was designated Special Agent in Charge of the Oklahoma Division.  In August 1979, Mr.Revell was designated Deputy Assistant Director, Criminal Investigative Division, FBIHQ, where he directed the FBI's programs in Organized Crime, White Collar Crime, Official Corruption and Undercover Operations.  In June 1980, he was promoted to Assistant Director and placed in charge of the Criminal Investigative Division, making him responsible for the criminal investigative and counter-terrorism programs and operations of the FBI.  In January 1981, Assistant Director Revell was placed in charge of the Administrative Services Division where he was responsible for Personnel, Budget, Finance, and Physical and Personnel Security Operations of the FBI.

In May of 1982, Mr. Revell was again placed in charge of the Criminal Investigative Division and given the additional responsibility for planning and implementing the FBI's newly acquired drug enforcement jurisdiction.  In July 1985, Mr. Revell was promoted to Executive Assistant Director‑Investigations (SES-6) the highest rank in career Government service. He served as the Director's deputy in charge of the FBI’s Criminal Investigative, Counter-Terrorism and Counter‑Intelligence programs. He was also responsible for international investigative and liaison activities of the Bureau, including its Legal Attaché and INTERPOL operations.  In July 1989, his title was changed to Associate Deputy Director - Investigations and oversight of the Training and Laboratory Divisions of the FBI were added to his responsibilities.

As a member (1982-1991) of the President's Council on Integrity and Efficiency, he was Chairman of the Council's Committee on Integrity and Law Enforcement.  He was a member of the Attorney General's Economic Crime Council (1982-89) and served as Chairman, INTERPOL Conference on International Financial Crime, Cannes, France, in 1983.  He was a member of the National Foreign Intelligence Board, as well as the Terrorist Crisis Management Committee and the Deputies Committee of the National Security Council, and the White House Oversight Working Group on Narcotics. He served as Vice Chairman of the Interagency Group for Counterintelligence.  In 1985 he served as a member of the Senior Review Group of the Vice President's Task Force on Terrorism. He served as a U.S. delegate to the United Nations International Conference on Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, Vienna, Austria, June 1987.  Mr. Revell was a member of the Senior Policy Group of the Vice President’s Task Force on Border Control Issues in 1988; he also served as an Advisor to the President’s Commission on Aviation Security and Terrorism in 1989. He was a member of "The Executive Session on Policing", Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University 1987‑1991.

In September 1987, Mr. Revell was placed in charge of a joint FBI/CIA/U.S. military operation (Operation Goldenrod), which led to the first apprehension overseas of an international terrorist.  President Reagan commended him for his leadership of this endeavor.  In 1989, President Bush awarded Mr. Revell the Presidential Rank Award of "Distinguished Senior Executive" and in 1990 the President conferred upon Mr. Revell the "Meritorious Senior Executive" award. In April of 1991 Mr. Revell received a Commendation from Dick Cheney, the Secretary of Defense, for his significant contributions to the National Defense, including the Desert Storm Campaign. In May of 1991 he was awarded "The FBI Medal for Meritorious Achievement", and in June 1991 he was awarded the “National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal” by the Director of Central Intelligence, William H. Webster.

On May 28, 1991, Mr. Revell assumed the position of Special Agent in Charge, Dallas Division (covering the northern half of Texas).  On May 1, 1992, the Attorney General of the United States ordered Mr. Revell to Los Angeles, California and placed him in command of joint Federal law enforcement efforts to suppress the riots and civil disorder.  He was also assigned responsibility to coordinate the law enforcement activities of military forces assigned to combat the riots in Los Angeles. Attorney General William Barr presented Mr. Revell the Attorney General’s "Special Commendation Award" for "outstanding leadership in overseeing Federal law enforcement agencies response to the civil disorder in Los Angeles, California".  He retired from the Federal Bureau of Investigation on August 31, 1994 with the rank of Associate Deputy Director.
In October of 1994, Mr. Revell was awarded the "Albert J. Wood Public Affairs Award" by the Middle East Forum "for his efforts in the fight against International Terrorism".
Mr. Revell received the Gusi Peace Prize for 2010 in ManilaPhilippines on November, 24, 2010, for his leadership of and contributions to International Law Enforcement & Peace Keeping.

During his career as a FBI Official and subsequently as an International Security Consultant Mr. Revell has authored numerous articles on Terrorism, Counter-Intelligence, Organized Crime and Criminal Justice. He has spoken and lectured at the National and International level on these and other Criminal Justice and National Security subjects on a frequent basis.

He served as an advisor on International Organized Crime to the National Security Council in 1996, and as a consultant to the President’s Commission on Critical Infrastructure Protection in 1997.

In 1997 he served as a member of the Secretary of Defense’s Task Force on Responses to Transnational Threats, and served as Co-Chairman, Threat Assessment Group, of the Task Force.

From 1999 to 2003, he was President of the Law Enforcement Television Network (LETN); a nation-wide training, information, education, news satellite system for law enforcement, located in Carrollton, Texas; as well as being a member of the Executive Assessment Panel, Law Enforcement Technology and Policy, National Institute of Justice, Washington, D.C.

He has been interviewed or served as a Commentator on numerous National and International television news and commentary programs; such as "60 Minutes", "Face the Nation", "Nightline", “Dateline”, and various CNN programs. He is a frequent commentator for National Public Radio, NPR and the Fox News Network, CNBC, MSNBC, Court TV, the British BBC, the Japanese NHK, and the Canadian Broadcast Company, CBC.

Mr. Revell is active in the following organizations:
Chairman, Board of Directors, Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), Washington, DC
Member and Chairman Emeritus, North Texas Crime Commission
Member and Chairman Emeritus, Advisory Board, Institute for Law Enforcement Administration
Trustee of the Center for American and International Law of Plano, Texas
Chairman (Emeritus), Board of Regents, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (A professional association with 25,000 members in 80 countries), Austin, TX
Steering Committee, Transnational Threat Project, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), and a member of CSIS’s Private Sector Advisory Board (PSAG), and the CSIS International Policy Roundtable, Washington, D.C.
Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC), US Department of State, Washington, D.C.
International Association of Chiefs of Police  (Life Member)
Terrorism Committee (Current Member and former Chairman 1985-1992,)
International Policy Advisory Committee, Executive Committee (1990-1991) Organized Crime Committee (Vice-Chairman 1982-1985)
Board of Advisor’s, Foundation for Defense of Democracies, Washington, DC.
Committee on Foreign Relations, Dallas, Texas
North Texas Infragard Program
American Society for Industrial Security
International Association of Counterterrorism & Security Professionals
Society of Former Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation
FBI, National Executive Institute Associates, Quantico, VA
Association of Former Intelligence Officers, Washington, DC
Member and former vice president & Director, Dallas Council on World Affairs
Member & Past President, Dallas Rotary Club
Executive Board, Circle Ten Council, Boy Scouts of America, Dallas, TX & the National Eagle Scout Association (Life Member)
American Legion, Post 56, Washington, D.C., (Life Member)
Marine Corps Association
Veterans of Foreign Wars, (Life Member)
Board of Advisors, Foundation for Defense of Democracy, Washington, DC
Board of Advisors, The Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA), Washington, DC
Member, American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD), Phoenix, AZ
Additional Qualifications:
Licensed Security Consultant, State of Texas
Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Association of Certified Fraud Examiners                                         
Licensed Commercial Pilot
Ratings: Single Engine, Multiengine, Instrument, Helicopter, & Flight Instructor
In addition to his consulting activities on International security matters, Mr. Revell has authored a book chronicling his experience in the FBI, from the Kennedy assassination to the Oklahoma City Bombing, which has been published by Simon and Schuster/Pocket Books.  In this book, A G-man’s Journal, A Legendary Career Inside The FBI-From the Kennedy Assassination To the Oklahoma City Bombing, Mr. Revell provides an insider’s prospective on significant events that have affected the history of our country from the vantage point of a "participant/observer" who rose through the ranks to the Bureau’s second highest career position. 

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