G. Robert Blakey, Esq.
Chief Counsel and Director
Select Committee on Assassinations
House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20515
Attached are two fact sheets in reply to your letters of March 13, 1978, and March 27, 1978, concerning information on John David Hurt and the Navy camera used during the autopsy of President Kennedy.
As your office has previously been informed, all the information requested in fourteen letters sent by you between December 27, 1977 and April 7, 1978 has been made available for review at this Department—with the exception of a few items where further information has been requested to permit completion of the search.
|John G. Kester|
Fact Sheet on John David Hurt Request
In a letter dated March 13, 1978, the Defense Department was requested to provide any documents it has on a Mr. John David Hurt of Raleigh, North Carolina. Subsequently the House Select Committee staff informed the Department that Mr. Hurt was a member of the Army Counterintelligence Corps during World War II.
The computerized index to the files in the National Personnel Records Center indicates that a John David Hurt, SSN [ redacted ] born May 12, 1909, River Bend, Colorado, enlisted in the Army on November 5, 1942, and was discharged on December 28, 1945. His Army Service number was 14180986. The personnel file on Mr. Hurt, to which this index entry pertained, was destroyed in the July 1973 fire at the Center that destroyed 16.5 million files on Army personnel who served before 1960. The Defense Department has found no other information on Mr. Hurt. If he served in Army intelligence, he would have had an intelligence dossier on him, but such a file would have been destroyed before now: files of this sort containing derogatory information on the subject of the file are destroyed after 25 years; files without derogatory information are destroyed after 15. years.
Although the Defense Department has no further information on Mr. Hurt, it may be able to aid the Committee in verifying certain facts concerning Mr. Hurt's service in the Army. If he served in Army intelligence, Mr. Hurt would have been provided a badge number. If he can remember this number, the Army could search its records of intelligence badges issued and try to verify the fact. Also, if Mr. Hurt can remember the units to which he was assigned and the places where he served, Army files could be checked to determine whether the units he mentions were assigned to the places he mentions at the times he mentions. Neither of these avenues of inquiry, however, would turn up any new evidence on Mr. Hurt.