Chuck Berry said “Your lovin’ give me a thrill…”, well, viewing original historical documents gives ME a thrill !!!
I had been spending Sept. 21 through Sept. 27 examining the the papers of General Nathan F. Twining held in the Library of Congress (“LOC”), Madison Building, Manuscript Reading Room, Washington DC.
There are so called “Finders Aids” for many of the contents in the Manuscripts section. Once you have an LOC ID card, you can go into the file cabinets and pull the hardcopy versions. The aids are also posted on-line at the Library of Congress web site loc.gov.
Nathan F. Twining was Commanding general, 20th Air Force, Pacific in 1945; Commanding general, Air Materiel Command, Wright Field, Ohio (Lt. Gen.) from 1945 to 1947; Commander in chief, Alaska (1947-1950) and became a full general of the US Air Force in 1950. From 1950-1953 he was Air force vice chief of staff under General Hoyt Vandenberg. Vandenberg died from cancer in 1954, and Twining became Air Force chief of staff from 1953-1957. He served as Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff from 1957 to 1960. Nathan F. Twining died at Lackland AFB in 1982 (Source: Nathan F. Twining finders aid summary).
As you may be aware, the Roswell incident occurred in July 1947.
General Twining is listed as member of the alleged MJ12 group in the questioned “Eisenhower Briefing” document. If you are unfamiliar with the subject of MJ12, please see the Wikipedia article well as the document itself.
On page 42 on Stanton Friedman’s book Top Secret/MAJIC, he mentions correspondence between Twining and Earl Schaefer. To quote: “(Schaefer) …had written on July 10 asking Twining to stop by to see the prototype XL-15 liaison plane on his way to Seattle. In his July 17 response to Schaefer, Twining said ‘with deepest regrets we had to cancel our trip to the Boeing factory due to a very important and sudden matter that developed here….’ “ (The implication being that Twining was involved in the Roswell recovery aftermath).
I have been able to confirm Friedman’s reference. Here is the actual document from Twining’s personal correspondence in Box 18 of the Twining papers in the Library of Congress:
The Eisenhower Briefing Document (“EBD”) was in the original MJ12 set of documents received by UFO researchers William Moore and Jaime Shandera. They received them in 1984 on a roll of 35mm camera film. Notice that the date on on the EBD is “18 November, 1952” (see link above). Skeptics and debunkers of the MJ12 documents have pointed out that such a date format is not used in US government record keeping and correspondence. In the numerous documents that I viewed in the Twining daily logs, the date format is consistent as “28 September 2019”. However I did turn up something interesting in Twining’s personal correspondence file:
As the date format is the same as in the EBD and is from the New Zealand legation, I’m planning on following up to see if that date format is/was standard for government communications “Down Under” (or perhaps in other English speaking countries such as UK or Canada) during the 1984 time frame. The EBD is widely believed to be a forgery. Could the forger have been from Australia/New Zealand/UK/Canada ?
The Twining daily logs consisted primarily of appointments the general had during working hours. There were also logs of phone conversations with subordinates and various high level officers. Interestingly, most of the phone logs do not include conversations he (must have) had with General Vandenberg, his boss. I reviewed every single document word for word in the 1952 file. There are a couple interesting tidbits related to UFOs:
This is the second page of the phone log for July 21, 1952. See 16:30 Gen. Chidlaw to Gen. Twining, mid paragraph:
Here is the daily log for July 28, 1952. General White is standing in for Twining who was out of town at the time:
I found a number of references to Twining meeting with Mr. Harold C. Stuart on various occasions. Mr. Stuart served as Assistant Secretary of Defense for Civil Affairs for a time. I will be addressing Harold Stuart in another blog.
My most interesting finding was Twining’s daily log for November 18, 1952, the date of the Eisenhower Briefing Document. Take a look at this:
As I said above, I reviewed every single document in that file folder, and the log for November 18 is the only reference to President elect Eisenhower. This came at the end of the last day of my work sequence (Sept. 21 -27) and it gave me a jolt for sure. It doesn’t prove anything, but it’s a striking coincidence. This is a clue that I will be following up.
Many thanks to the courteous, professional and helpful staff at the LOC Manuscript Reading Room.
Next step: Review diplomatic and military correspondence from non-U.S. English speaking countries during the 1984 time frame.