Select... "Notes on the Nickerson Case." "Request for Downgrading of Classified Document." "Run Down on Department of Army IG Report." "Senior Officers Debriefing Program." "Senior Officers Oral History Program." "Statement of the Case." "Summary of Investigation Testimony in Nickerson Case." "Summary of JCN Efficiency Reports." "Summary of Pre-Trial Investigation Testimony in Nickerson Case." "Trial Panel or Court." Acknowledgment of receipt of documents from John C. Nickerson, Jr. to Charles R. Zimmer. Argument of Robert K. Bell before the General Court-Martial in the case of United States v. Colonel John C. Nickerson, Jr. Article from Missiles and Rockets publication. Character testimony of unknown person. Charge I and Charge II brought against Colonel Nickerson. Colonel John C. Nickerson, Jr. clarification of actions took. Compilation of reports on Colonel John C. Nickerson, Jr. Contact information for Drew Pearson. Correspondence between Colonel John C. Nickerson, Jr. and Margaret C. Brownlow. Correspondence between David Bowman and Mary B. Dennis. Correspondence between George Grant and Robert K. Bell. Correspondence between George Huddleston and Robert K. Bell. Correspondence between George Huddleston, Jr., Lieutenant General Edward M. Almond, and Carl Vinson. Correspondence between John J. Sparkman and Robert K. Bell. Correspondence between Kenneth Roberts and Robert K. Bell. Correspondence between Richey Green and Robert K. Bell. Correspondence between Robert K. Bell and Carl C. Brown. Correspondence between Robert K. Bell and Colonel William C. Pritchard. Correspondence between Robert K. Bell and Edward M. Almond. Correspondence between Robert K. Bell and Harry M. Ayers. Correspondence between Robert K. Bell and James L. Lawson. Correspondence between Robert K. Bell and Jim G. Lucas. Correspondence between Robert K. Bell and Judge L. C. Walker. Correspondence between Robert K. Bell and R. H. Cox. Correspondence between Robert K. Bell and Ray H. Jenkins. Correspondence between Robert K. Bell and Thomas C. Ryan. Correspondence between Senator Lister Hill and Robert K. Bell. Correspondence between T. C. King and Robert K. Bell and various attached letters. Correspondence between William J. Waugh and Jesse M. Alverson. Correspondence from William Nichols to Robert K. Bell containing a letter from William G. Barry. Defense counsel's request for access to classified information. Defense Notes on Nickerson Case. Direct and cross examination of a witness at the trial of Colonel John C. Nickerson, Jr. Drafts of letter to the Commanding General, Third Army from the Third Army Advisory Committee. General Court-Martial Order No. 85. General notes from the case of John C. Nickerson, Jr. Handwritten document regarding information for the case of John C. Nickerson, Jr. Handwritten letter to Colonel John C. Nickerson, Jr. from Ben Messick. Handwritten letter to Colonel John C. Nickerson, Jr. from Norbert Neumann. Handwritten letter to Ray H. Jenkins from Jim G. Lucas. Handwritten letter to Robert K. Bell and his wife, Carolyn, from Colonel John C. Nickerson, Jr. Handwritten letter to Robert K. Bell from C. J. Gibson. Handwritten letter to Robert K. Bell from J. B. Webster. Handwritten letter to Robert K. Bell. Handwritten note regarding Nickerson case. Handwritten notes regarding the Nickerson case. Index entries under "Nickerson, John Charles, Jr." Letter and draft of letter to Crump Garvin and C. F. Cordes from Robert K. Bell. Letter and draft of letter to Robert K. Bell and Ray H. Jenkins from Stanely W. Jones. Letter and draft of letter to the Chief of Manpower Office from Patrick W. Richardson. Letter and drafts of letter to Robert K. Bell from Colonel C. F. Cordes. Letter and drafts of letter to the Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence from Robert K. Bell. Letter from Col. Charles B. Hines. Letter from Douglas H. McDonald to Robert K. Bell. Letter from James A. Pickering. Letter from Michael G. Smith. Letter to Armistead Selden from Robert K. Bell. Letter to Carl A. Elliott from Robert K. Bell with a reply from secretary Cora B. Marlowe. Letter to Charles F. Pfeifer from David Bowman. Letter to Colonel John C. Nickerson, Jr. from "Curly". Letter to Colonel John C. Nickerson, Jr. from Colonel Robert C. Works. Letter to Colonel John C. Nickerson, Jr. from Harold Sedrel. Letter to Colonel John C. Nickerson, Jr. from Harry M. Moriarty. Letter to Colonel John C. Nickerson, Jr. from John J. Sparkman. Letter to Colonel John C. Nickerson, Jr. from Kenneth A. Roberts. Letter to Colonel John C. Nickerson, Jr. from Mayor Ralph M. Wiltsie. Letter to Colonel John C. Nickerson, Jr. from William F. Nichols. Letter to Colonel Nickerson and his wife, Carol, from Robert K. Bell. Letter to Donald A. Quarles from Alexander. Letter to Douglas H. McDonald from Robert K. Bell. Letter to Dr. A. V. Grosse from Colonel John C. Nickerson, Jr. Letter to Drew Pearson from Robert K. Bell. Letter to Ed Willis, Jr. from Robert K. Bell. Letter to General Matthew B. Ridgeway from Ray H. Jenkins. Letter to General Matthew B. Ridgway from Lt. Colonel Charles R. Zimmer. Letter to Harry M. Ayers from Edward M. Almond. Letter to Harry M. Ayers from William S. Pritchard. Letter to James A. Pickering from John "Jack" Nickerson. Letter to Jesse M. Alverson from W. L. Beale, Jr. Letter to Jim Lucas from Don E. Weaver. Letter to John C. Nickerson, Jr. and his wife, Carol, from Robert K. Bell. Letter to John L. Greer, Harry Brown, Roy Brown, and T. G. Brown. Letter to Julian Robertson from Lt. Col. William G. Barry. Letter to Lt. Col. Charles R. Zimmer from E. H. Harrison. Letter to Lt. Col. Charles R. Zimmer from J. R. Thompson. Letter to Lt. Col. Charles R. Zimmer from Ray H. Jenkins. Letter to Lt. Col. Charles R. Zimmer. Letter to Lt. Col. William G. Barry from Julian Robertson. Letter to Mayor Ralph Wiltsie from William G. Barry. Letter to Ray H. Jenkins from C. F. Cordes. Letter to Ray H. Jenkins from Colonel John C. Nickerson, Jr. Letter to Ray H. Jenkins from Estes Kefauver and enclosed copies of letters. Letter to Ray H. Jenkins from Robert K. Bell. Letter to Robert "Buster" Bell from Walter Emmett Perry. Letter to Robert E. Jones from Robert K. Bell. Letter to Robert K. Bell and his wife, Carolyn, from Ray H. Jenkins. Letter to Robert K. Bell and Ray H. Jenkins from Major General Robert A. Schow, Assistant Chief of Staff, Intelligence. Letter to Robert K. Bell from attorney Jack Wilson. Letter to Robert K. Bell from C. F. Cordes. Letter to Robert K. Bell from Col. Forrest J. Agee. Letter to Robert K. Bell from Colonel John C. Nickerson, Jr. Letter to Robert K. Bell from Douglas H. McDonald. Letter to Robert K. Bell from Edward M. Almond. Letter to Robert K. Bell from Harry M. Ayers. Letter to Robert K. Bell from Jim G. Lucas. Letter to Robert K. Bell from Joe L. Evins. Letter to Robert K. Bell from Lt. Col. William G. Barry. Letter to Robert K. Bell from Person Moore. Letter to Robert K. Bell from Ray H. Jenkins. Letter to Robert K. Bell from Richard W. Satterthwaite. Letter to Robert K. Bell from Robert E. Jones. Letter to Robert K. Bell from Robert Smith. Letter to Robert K. Bell from William Nichols. Letter to Secretary of Defense Charles E. Wilson from J. Bancroft Webster. Letter to the Chief of Manpower Office from Colonel John C. Nickerson, Jr. Letter to the Commanding General, Third Army, from the Third Army Advisory Committee. Letter to the Commanding General, Third Army. Letter to the Commanding General, Third United States Army from the Defense Counsel. Letter to the Commanding General, Third United States Army, from Ray H. Jenkins. Letter to the Commanding General, Third United States Army, from the defense counsel. Letter to the defense counsel from John E. Moss. Letter to Walter Emmett Perry from Robert K. Bell. Letter to William G. Barry from Charles R. Zimmer. Letter to William G. Barry from the Defense Counsel. Letter to William Nichols from William G. Barry. Letters from J. Bancroft Webster. Letters to senators in Washington D.C. from Ray Jenkins. List of additional witnesses for the defense of Colonel John C. Nickerson, Jr. List of names pertaining to the Nickerson case. Memorandum for Ray H. Jenkins and Robert K. Bell Memorandum for Robert K. Bell from Charles R. Zimmer. Notes from Dr. Wernher von Braun. Notes from the interrogation of General Medaris and other trial information. Notes in regards to the Nickerson case. Notes of court proceedings. Notes on Colonel John C. Nickerson. Notes on Dr. Ernest Stuhlinger. Outline of Testimonies. Phone conversation between Robert K. Bell and General Shinkle Phone message to Robert K. Bell from Walter Harper. Photo of Carol Nickerson. Photo of Colonel John C. Nickerson, Jr. Photo of Colonel John C. Nickerson, Jr. with his family. Photo of Dr. Wernher von Braun. Photo of Ernst Stuhlinger speaking to the press. Photo of General John Bruce Medaris and another man in an Army uniform. Photo of General John Bruce Medaris, Dr. Wernher von Braun, and associates. Photo of General John Bruce Medaris. Photo of Jupiter pre-launch activities. Photo of Ray H. Jenkins surrounded by press. Photo of Robert K. Bell and Colonel John C. Nickerson, Jr. Photo of the court room from the Nickerson case. Photos of Colonel John C. Nickerson, Jr. with press. Prospective list of witnesses in the case of United States vs. John C. Nickerson. Jr. Reports on Colonel John C. Nickerson, Jr. Response to the request for top secret clearance in the case of Colonel John C. Nickerson, Jr. Special Orders Number 135. Special Orders Number 43. Statement from the defense counsel of Colonel John C. Nickerson, Jr. Statements of Mrs. Nickerson and Dr. Wernher von Braun. Stipulation of the testimony of Brigadier General A. J. Kinney. Stipulation of the testimony of Colonel William C. Pritchard Stipulation of the testimony of Edward Hull. Stipulation of the testimony of Erik Bergaust. Stipulation of the testimony of John A. Baumann. Stipulation of the testimony of Maurice W. Roche. Stipulation of the testimony of William F. Hunt. Telegram to Major General Crump Garrin from Ray H. Jenkins. Telegram to Robert K. Bell from Bob Jones. Telegram to Robert K. Bell from Guthrie May. Telegram to Robert K. Bell from Jesse M. Alverson, Jr. Trial notes during United States vs. John C. Nickerson, Jr. Two copies of a photo of Colonel John C. Nickerson, Robert K. Bell, and Ray H. Jenkins. Two handwritten copies of notes of the Nickerson trial. Various correspondence regarding Colonel John C. Nickerson, Jr. Various correspondence with David Bowman from 1989 to 1991. Witness list as submitted to the Comannding General, Third United States Army.
Select... "Curly" writes in support of Nickerson and states that while someone else will have to decide if what he did was right or wrong, he "might be one of the best qualified people alive to testify in your behalf." The second half of the letter is handwritten and discusses personal events in "Curly's" life such as a new grandson and a family member in the Navy. "Present prospective list of other witnesses to be called by the government on the merits in the case of United States vs. Colonel John C. Nickerson, Jr." A conversation between Lieutenant General Austin W. Betts, Colonel Henk, and Colonel Wahle, published as a part fo the US Army Military History Research Collection. This conversation details the "Army versus the Air Force difficulties in the late '50's" during the transfer of the missile and space program. This program switch was the basis of the case United States v. Colonel John C. Nickerson, Jr. as Nickerson was in charge of the program. This document contain only the portion relative to Colonel Nickerson. A list of potential witnesses to be called in the case of United States vs. Colonel John C. Nickerson, Jr. A list of potential witnesses to give testimony as related to certain important aspects of the case including Nickerson's character and Nickerson's testimony as it stands prior to the trial. A project of the U.S. Army Military History Institute, this contains the interview of Dr. John L. McDaniel by Lieutenant Colonel Joseph W. Camp, Jr. from 1985. The interview is about the US Army's first satellite into space. McDaniel brings up the case of Colonel Nickerson relative to the interview. This document contains only the portion of the interview that mentions Colonel Nickerson. A typed version and the andwritten notes regarding the Nickerson case. The author is unknown. These notes regard Nickerson's "Considerations on the Wilson Memorandum" and more. Addressed to the "Gentlemen of the court", this statement outlines the reason for the trial and ends stating, "Colonel Nickerson pleads not guilty to all the charges and specifications." After receiving a continuance in the Nickerson case, Bell writes to Jenkins about making new plans. He states that they are going to try to get any political assistance that they can and that he will be writing to a number of friends in Washington regarding the case. Agee writes this letter in response to Bell's June 3, 1957 letter to the Assistant Chief of Staff, Intelligence, regarding request for access to classified information. He states that the request is "not favorable considered" and the necessary information could "readily be obtained from direct testimony." Alexander writes to thank Quarles for making the arrangements that allowed him and his party to "see so many things of interest in the guided missile field." He adds that Lieutenant Colonel Nickerson was very "helpful and informative". Almond writes in reponse to Bell's February 18 letter regarding Medaris and other information of the Nickerson case. Almond writes to Ayers stating that he believes Nickerson is still a "valuable man to the U.S. services" and thanks Ayers for his interest in the matter. Almond writes to Huddleston in an attempt to get Nickerson brought back from exile in Panama. Huddleston agrees with Almond in his response and says he will do his best to advocate for Nickerson's testimony on the missile program and will bring the matter to the attention of the Chairman, Honorable Carl Vinson. Huddleston's following letter of January 25, 1958 states that Carl Vinson does not believe having Nickerson as a witness is advisable. Huddlestone attaches a copy of Vinson's letter that explains this. Almond writes in response to the decision with his thoughts on the matter and believes that "all service officers will step gingerly in their testimony" so as not to "stick their necks out as General Gavin and Colonel Nickerson have already done." Alverson writes to Waugh to submit a question to the asked at the next presidential press conference along with a follow-up question. The question regards the President's opinion on the missile program and Colonel Nickerson's actions. Waugh responds that the Washington bureau will do what it can to get her questions answered. Alverson, publisher at The Paris Daily Enterprise, telegrams Bell about President Eisenhower. Argument of Robert K. Bell before the General Court-Martial at Redstone Arsenal in defense of Colonel John C. Nickerson, Jr. Nickerson plead guilty and Bell's testimony was present in an effort to "extenuate or mitigate whatever he might have done." Bell calls Nickerson's judgment "bad" and his actions "unfortunate" and "careless" but argues that he is not disloyal, disobedient, or promoting his own welfare above that of the Army or national security. As will be presented in court, this document details the points the counsel will make in defense of Colonel Nickerson and the corresponding witnesses that will testify under those points for each charge and specification. Ayers writes regarding a wire from General Edward Almond to the National Department of the American Legion "calling on Eisenhower to exonerate our good friend Colonel John Nickerson." Ayers writes to Bell about an article written in The Anniston Star about him and the Nickerson trial and congratulates Bell for getting Nickerson "out as light as he did." Barry writes to Bell to inform him that the Nickerson case has been transcribed and was forwarded to Washington the previous day. He expresses gratitude towards the manner in which Bell extended to him and hopes to renew their acquaintance in the future. Beale writes to Alverson, the editor of The Daily Enterprise, regarding potential questions Alverson wants to ask President Eisenhower. Bell apologizes for being "a very poor correspondent" and thanks Jenkins for his letters. He writes that he is "having a terrific time with John Nickerson in trying to keep his mouth closed and to make him forget the word 'appeal'. Bell includes personal details of his life after the trial and concludes the letter by thanking Jenkins again for his friendship. Bell responds to McDonald's letter from April 30, 1957. He discusses the Nickerson case and the recent call for witnesses by the trial counsel. He also discusses old aquaintances on a personal level and mentions his upcoming trip to Indianapolis, hoping to have lunch with McDonald while there. Bell thanks Jenkins for joining the defense of Nickerson and writes that he included newspaper clippings and other informative information about the case. Bell writes in response to a recent letter from Nickerson. Bell details an upcoming trip to visit the Nickersons in Panama and state that they are "looking forward to seeing you." Bell writes to Bob Jones in Washington D.C. on behalf of the defense counsel in an attempt to change Nickerson's case from trial by court-martial to a non-judicial punishment. Bell writes to Elliott in Washington D.C. on behalf of the defense counsel in an attempt to change Nickerson's case from trial by court-martial to a non-judicial punishment. Marlowe writes to Bell on behalf of Congressman Elliott who is out of town and will respond to Bell's May 8 letter upon his return. Bell writes to Grant in Washington D.C. on behalf of the defense counsel in an attempt to change Nickerson's case from trial by court-martial to a non-judicial punishment. Grant responds with interest and states that it looks as though the Army may "drop the Colonel Nickerson case by non-judicial punishment." Bell writes to Hill in Washington D.C. on behalf of the defense counsel in an attempt to change Nickerson's case from trial by court-martial to a non-judicial punishment. Hill responds by thanking Bell for the letter and will do anything to help "along the lines of your suggestion." Bell writes to Huddleston in Washington D.C. on behalf of the defense counsel in an attempt to change Nickerson's case from trial by court-martial to a non-judicial punishment. Huddleston responds stating his will "make a discreet request" to Secretary Brucker and General Maxwell. Bell writes to Roberts in Washington D.C. on behalf of the defense counsel in an attempt to change Nickerson's case from trial by court-martial to a non-judicial punishment. Roberts responds that he has done everything he could on the matter. Bell writes to Selden in Washington D.C. on behalf of the defense counsel in an attempt to change Nickerson's case from trial by court-martial to a non-judicial punishment. Selden replies stating he will pass the information "if the opportunity present[s] itself." Bell writes to Sparkman in Washinton D.C. on behalf of the defense counsel in an attempt to change Nickerson's case from trial by court-martial to a non-judicial punishment. Sparkman thanks Bell for his letter from May 8 and responds that he has already been "dropping some suggestions" regarding Bell's hope to give Nickerson a non-judicial punishment rather than trial by court-martial. Bell writes to thank Willis for his support in the Nickerson case. Bell writes to the Nickersons who now live in Panama on a two-year assignment. Bell updates Nickerson on events that happened since the last time he wrote. He details the outrage directed towards Charles Wilson, the Secretary of Defense. He states that he is saving "pertinent clippings from several newspapers" to send to Nickerson to help provide background to the latest events. Bell writes of many people who are advocating for Nickerson's return and vindication. Bob Jones writes to Bell to congratulate him on the "splendid work" he did on the Nickerson case. Bowman writes to Pfeifer about a "two-pager" that he wrote, detailing its contents. He also includes several other of his resume highlights including four novels, playscripts, and other things he has written. Bowman also includes that he is the president of the Tallulah Bankhead Society, a society that honors and celebrates a 1930s actress from Alabama. Bowman is appealing to Pfeifer, a creative film manager, about his recent work on the Nickerson case. Bowman writes to the U.S. Army Judiciary Clerk of Court Office to request a copy of the transcript of the Nickerson court martial proceedings. Mary B. Dennis, Deputy Clerk of Court responds that a large portion is classified and asks if he wants that material reviewed towards declassification though it would be a lengthy process. She also guides him towards other "publicably available documents" regarding the case. The following letters from Dennis regards the review of the classified transcripts of the Nickerson case and more details about the record of the trial. Bowman's second letter includes a check to pay for the transcripts and the review of the classified material. Dennis writes several more letters regarding more classified prosection exhibits and that Bowman's request to review the classified material has been denied. The final letter is the memo that states that the review has been denied from Deputy Director Robert J. Monahan. Brown wishes Bell the best in the Nickerson case and expresses support for the Colonel. Bell's response thanks Brown for his support. Brownlow writes to give Nickerson the name of someone that would be interested in his case, Ray Jenkins, who would eventually join Nickerson's defense counsel with Robert K. Bell, along with two others. Nickerson responds, thanking Brownlow for the information. He expresses concern over financially securing Jenkins for his defense but hopes that Brownlow could still arrange a meeting in Knoxville, Tennessee. The third letter is a rough draft of Nickerson's response. Brownlow's second letter responds that she was able to get in touch with Ray Jenkins and left him with materials to read on Nickerson's case. Brownlow states she would get back to Nickerson as soon as he says "yes". Carol Nickerson was the wife of Colonel John C. Nickerson, Jr. Colonel John C. Nickerson married Carol Nickerson (right). Together, they had four children. Two of his children are pictured here. Colonel John C. Nickerson was accused of leaking classified information after expressing anger when the missile and rocket program was transferred from the Army to the Air Force. He was tried by court martial, fined $1,500, and exiled to Panama for two years. A few years later on March 1, 1964, Nickerson and his wife, Carol, died in a car accident in New Mexico. Cordes writes in response to the defense counsel's request to the Commanding General, Third United States Army, of the trials dates May 13-17, 1957. He confirms that the trials dates have been postponed to the 15th in accordance with their request. Cox writes to Bell asking if he could have the priviledge of reporting Nickerson's case, "unless other arrangements have been made." Cox includes his previous experience with court-martials. Bell responds by explaining that the defense counsel has little influence in the matters of appointing a court reporter. Defense notes outline the charges against Colonel John C. Nickerson, Jr. and the accompanying specifications of each charge. It also outlines how Nickerson went about publishing the classified information through the newspaper journalist Drew Pearson. It includes an affidavit of John A. Baumann, the expected testimonies of Dr. Wernher von Braun, Dr. Charles Lundquist, Mr. Rudolph Schlidt, and Dr. Ernst Stuhlinger, correspondence related to the case, written statements, handwritten notes, and character letters. Detailed information regarding the two charges brought against Colonel John C. Nickerson, Jr. and the corresponding specifications. Detailed notes that provide information on Colonel John C. Nickerson's career in the military and involvement with the missile program. The information on Nickerson follows his career up until the disclosure of classified materials that led to his court-martial and trial. Dr. Wernher von Braun was a part of the German Rocket Team that developed the Jupiter missile in 1958 under General John Bruce Medaris. Editor-in-Chief of Sagamore Press Inc., Publishers, Robert Smith, writes to Bell to say that his publishing company would be interested in Bell and Nickerson's story if they ever wish to write a book on it and the guided missles program. Evins writes to Bell of his interest in his involvement in the Nickerson case due to serving with both him and Ray H. Jenkins in the military. Gibson writes in reference to Bell's defense of Colonel John C. Nickerson, Jr. Gibson mentions comparable cases and his experience with similar situations. Green writes to Bell saying he saw him on the news following the Nickerson case and he hopes the results were to his satisfaction. Bell writes to Green in response saying he is pleased at the outcome of Nickerson's trial and asks Green to visit him if he is ever in North Alabama. Handwritten contact information for Drew Pearson. Pearson was the journalist whom make Nickerson's classified documents public. Handwritten notes regarding the Nickerson case. The author is unknown. Handwritten notes regarding the Nickerson case. These include lists of various aspects related to Nickerson and other witnesses including Dr. von Braun and Dr. Stuhlinger. Harrison writes of Nickerson's character throughout the letter. He states that if he ever returned to the active list, he would try to obtain "his assignment to my command." In response to Bell's February 13 letter from Edward Almond, Ayers informs Bell that he is attempting to find someone who would write a letter to newspaper publications in agreement with their opinion that Medaris is taking too much credit for his work. Bell responds that he is skeptical Ayers would find anyone as Medaris could make their life a "rather miserable existence". In response to Bell's May 8th letter, McDonald informs Bell that Mr. Wiltsie will proceed as instructed regarding the reponse to the inquiry. He also expresses that he and his wife are excited to have Bell and his wife visit them. In response to Colonel Barry's request for his testimony at the Nickerson court-martial, Robertson replies with his answers to the list of questions about Colonel Nickerson. In response to Grosse's letter to Dr. Wernher von Braun that had been sent to him, Nickerson thanks him for his offer of assistance in the case and asks if he would consent to appearing as a witness. In response to Jenkin's request for a postponement of the trial of Colonel Nickerson, Cordes writes that the court will assemble on June 25, 1957 for the trial as the members of the court and court reporter have been granted top secret information neccesary for the case. In response to the "problem created at the Army Ballistic Missile Agency" that would eventually lead to Colonel Nickerson's referral to a court-martial, the Third Army Advisory Committee writes this letter to inform the Commanding General that one of them, Robert K. Bell, had consented to being Nickerson's attorney as they see Nickerson's actions as being in the best interest of the national defense and Army. In this letter, Bell explains that the defense counsel still has not received approval for top secret security clearance, necessary to "properly defend the accused." Bell states that while the defense counsel would prefer not to request a delay of the proceedings, if the clearance is not granted, they may have no choice but to do so. The documents also include the original draft of the letter. In this letter, it is requested that May 13-17, 1957 be set as the dates of the Nickerson trial. It then details the reasons for these specific dates. In this letter, the Defense Counsel provides a list of witnesses for the defense in the case of John Nickerson. In this letter, Weaver writes to Lucas about concerns regarding Major Jeneral John B. Medaris. Weaver states that "according to my friends�Medaris was a selfish, overly ambitious and ruthless man who would stop at nothing to promote his own interests." In this transcript of the phone message to Bell from Walter Harper of Reynolds Metals, Bell is informed that Mr. Hunt will be arriving the following day and will try to land at the air strip at Redstone Arsenal. This information was asked to be passed on to Colonel Nickerson. Jenkins requests the trial of Colonel Nickerson to be scheduled no earlier than the second week of August due to an important case he has the first week of August. Jenkins writes after the trial of Colonel Nickerson, stating that he is completely relaxed and trying to get back into office routine. He approximates the expenses in the Nickerson case and says that his fee would be satisfactory as the amount agreed upon by Nickerson and Bell. He concludes by stating that Nickerson came out of the trial "unscathed and unscarred" and sends his best to Bell and his wife. The Nickerson trial ended with the dropping of the Espionage Act and perjury charges in exchange for 15 minor counts of mishandling defense information. Nickerson was fined $1,500, reprimanded, and forbidden to exercise his command for a year. He was later sent to a military base in Panama and died in a car crash a few years later. Jenkins writes in reponse to Zimmer's letter of September 27, 1957 about Zimmer's upcoming visit to Knoxville for the Georgia Tech game. Jenkins writes that Bell has also accepted the invitation and will be there as well. This copy of the letter includes a message for Robert K. Bell as it was forwarded to him as well. Jenkins writes about a mutual friend, Kenneth Nugent, who called after the game. Jenkins tells Bell to thank Kenneth for the call and that he is sorry to have missed him. Jenkins writes in response to Bell's March 22 letter, addressing the various information that was included in Bell's letter and his ability to visit Huntsville for nine days to help prepare for the trial. Jenkins writes to Bell about Drew Pearson's book, U.S.A.--Second-Class Power?, of which, he mentions, has an entire chapter on Colonel Nickerson. Jenkins writes to Bell in response to a previous letter. They frequently exchange humorous stories through correspondence and Jenkins states that he will tell another when they meet in person again. Jenkins also expresses longing to get together with the entire defense counsel and their families and looks forward to doing so. Jenkins writes to invite Zimmer to the Tennessee-Georgia Tech game in Knoxville along with Robert K. Bell and his wife. Jenkins writes to Major General Crump Gavin citing his personal reasons why the Commanding General should approve the defense counsel's request for a continuance. Jenkins writes to Ridgeway in response to his letter to Charles Zimmer that his testimony would not be relevant and admissible in the case of Colonel Nickerson. Jenkins details in his letter why Ridgeway should reconsider and awaits his reply with interest. Jenkins writes to the Browns to inform them that Robert K. Bell and his wife will be in Knoxville for the Tennessee-Georgia Tech football game and states that they must come meet the Bells. Jenkins includes two paragraphs from a previous letter from Bell to demonstrate his personality. Jones sent this telegram in reponse to Bell's March 11th letter requesting information for the Nickerson case. He informs Bell that the information cannot be sent to him but may be purchased in a 15 volume book set. Jones writes to Bell and Jenkins in response to their letter of April 13, 1957 to the Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Department of the Army. With an oral request, the defense counsel had requested for the drop of Specification 1, Charge II. Jones states that as soon as a decision is made the convening authority will advise them of it. Kefauver writes to Jenkins stating that he has enclosed the letter from the Department of the Army regarding the Nickerson case. The following letter addressed to Senator Kefauver is from Major General J. H. Michaelis. In it Michaelis writes that after consideration, the disclosure of certain documents is "too minimal to justify directing or advising the convening authority to drop the charges." He also writes that non-judicial punishment would be "legally objectionable" as Nickerson's offense is not minor. The last letter states the same regarding the dropping of the charges. L. C. Walker, Nickerson's uncle by marriage, asks Bell if he and another uncle by marriage could be permitted to sit in on the hearing. Bell responds that they will have seating space for Walker and Mr. Scott. Lawson writes a brief letter to Bell wishing him luck in the Nickerson case and saying he is the right person for the job. Bell responds calls the case a "Herculean one" and hopes he can fulfill the responsibility. Letter requests Ralph Wiltsie's presence at the trials of Colonel John C. Nickerson, Jr. It also includes questions Wiltsie is to answer in a written statement and an anticipated range of dates he will be expected to give his testimony in court. Letter requests William Nichols' presence at the trial of Colonel John C. Nickerson, Jr. It also includes questions Nichols is to answer in a written statement and an anticipated range of dates he will be expected to give his testimony in court. List of names include Dr. Wernher von Braun, Dr. Ernest Stuhlinger, Lt. Gen. Edward M. Almond, Mayor Ralph Wiltsie, and more. List of names pertaining to the Nickerson case include Dr. Wernher von Braun, Dr. Ernst Stuhlinger, and Dr. Charles A. Lundquist among others. List of names, locations, and credentials of those who are a part of the trial panel in the case of United States vs. John C. Nickerson, Jr. Lucas writes concerning an enclosed document and thoughts regarding Colonel Medaris and the Nickerson case that had closed earlier that year. He closes by thanking Bell and his wife for their hospitality during his last stay in Huntsville. Lucas writes that after spending a day with the trial lawyer, he has become convinced that Colonel Nickerson is a valuable asset to the nation's defense and to the Army. Lucas continues to provide information he knows relevant to the case. Lucas writes to Bell after the Nickerson case and encloses a picture that was requested by Bell. He mentions in closing that Jenkins informed him he will recommend against an appeal. Bell thanks Lucas for the picture and writes he is happy to hear Jenkins recommends against appeal as Bell is having a difficult time keeping Nickerson's "big mouth shut and to forget the word 'appeal'. May wires Bell to congratulate him on the success of the Nickerson case and states that he is proud to be Bell's friend. Mayor Wiltsie writes to Nickerson in his defense, asking if he can be of any help in the trial such as testifying or giving a character witness. McDonald expresses interest in John C. Nickerson's case to Bell in this letter. He explains that he heard about the case from a friend, Ralph Wiltsie, who served under Colonel Nickerson during World War II. McDonald writes that Wiltsie is under the impression that the counsel will want to call him as a trial witness. Medaris assumed command of the Army Ballistic Missile Agency in 1955 under which Dr. Wernher von Braun and the German Rocket Team developed the Jupiter missile in 1958. Medaris assumed command of the Army Ballistic Missile Agency in 1955 under which Dr. Wernher von Braun and the German Rocket Team developed the Jupiter missile in 1958. On the back of the photo is written: "Medaris". Messick writes to encourage Nickerson in his case, stating that he is confident Nickerson did what he believed to be in the best interest of the Army. Moore sends another case to Bell hoping it will be of interest to him in the Nickerson case. Moriarty offers his services as a witness during Nickerson's trial and why what he has to offer would be to their "mutual benefit." He encloses with the letter an outline of a complaint that may be beneficial to Nickerson's case as well as his own. Moss writes in response to the defense counsel's request of March 25, 1957 for information from the House Government Information Subcommittee. Moss states that all published hearings and reports on the subject are being mailed separately. Neumann calls Nickerson case a "personal matter" and writes that he is rooting for him and that he was the greatest Battalion Commander he had ever had. Nichols writes regarding a letter he received from Lt. Col. Barry that may be of some interest to Bell and the Nickerson case. Nichols writes to Bell to inform him of the supoena he received to appear in court on July 2nd. He states that he will proceed as requested unless he hears from Bell with other instructions. Nichols writes to Nickerson, reminiscing of their time in active duty together in various places and how he held Nickerson in "highest esteem." He expresses concern over charges that indicate espionage, stating that they are "without foundation." He offers to appear in Nickerson's behalf and recommends reaching out to Brigadier General Pickering as well. Nickerson thanks Pickering for the letters of support sent to his defense counsel. He also discusses ballistic surface-to-surface missiles and "scientific progress". He ends by requesting a deposition as Pickering will be in Europe in May, when the trial is scheduled to happen. Nickerson writes in reponse to the Bells' letter of November 26. Nickerson writes from his new location in Panama after he was sent there following his court-martial. He details life there and various aspects of his positions. He expresses that he wishes the Bells would visit. In his postscript, Nickerson explains why he has not written for so long. Nickerson writes to Bell about Bell's upcoming trip to Panama in May, 1958. He offers advice for travelling to Panama and various things to expect. He also asks Bell to type the enclosed letter to journalist Drew Pearson, and he called Nickerson asking for the trial record. Nickerson writes to the Chief of Manpower requesting a re-assignment on a temporary basis following his recent trial by court-martial at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama. Nickerson reported back to duty on July 11, 1957 and writes that his newly assigned duties are "of relatively no importance to the Army of to ABMA." Nickerson requests a new assignment that allows him back at Redstone Arsenal. Notes detail James, who suggested the name of Drew Pearson to Colonel Nickerson, and his actions as pertaining to the case. On back written in pencil: "Dr. Wernher von Braun". On back: "Key associates of vonBraun.Dr., pose with Maj. General. Medaris, J.B., immediately prior to the latters retirement from the Army in the fall of 1959. On behalf of the defense counsel, Charles R. Zimmer writes to the Army Staff Judge Advocate, Colonel Clifford F. Cordes, to request that the report of the Inspector General of the Department of the Army be downgraded from classified to unclassified. Zimmer states that he feels without this document being accessible to the defense counsel, the "defense in this case is being hampered." Perry responds to Bell's letter of June 10th regarding the possible accuser also being the reviewer in the Nickerson trial proceedings. Pickering writes a general letter about Colonel John c. Nickerson, Jr.'s character, stating that Nickerson was a man of "sterling character" and an "intelligent and highly valuable officer." Pictured in this photo is Colonel Nickerson (left), Robert K. Bell (middle, standing), and Ray H. Jenkins (right). Pritchard writes to Ayers in response to his January 4, 1958 letter regarding the reinstatement of Colonel John C. Nickerson, Jr. He details what he believes to be "the exact facts in the Nickerson case." He states that Nickerson was in violation of Army orders and therefore is not qualified to serve in a facility like Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama. Pritchard writes to Bell, sending a check for Colonel Nickerson to be used for any fines that would be imposed or for the expense of the defense of Nickerson. Bell responds with his sincere thanks and writes that he has given the check to Colonel Nickerson. Ray H. Jenkins (center) was a lawyer that, along with Robert K. Bell, Lt. Col. Charles Zimmer, and Lt. Lewis G. Cole, would make up Nickerson's defense counsel for his court martial trial. Jenkins was considered the best lawyer in East Tennessee and appeared on the cover of Time magazine on May 17, 1954 during the Army-McCarthy hearings. Ray Jenkins sends the same letter to various senators in Washington D.C. in an effort to speed up the approval of top secret clearance for the defense counsel and advocate for non-judicial punishment for Colonel Nickerson rather than court-martial. He summarizes Nickerson's efficiency reports as well. Jenkins concludes by asking if the senator would convey the message and thinking of the defense counsel to the Secretary of Defense, Mr. Wilson. Richardson writes to the Chief of Manpower prior to Nickerson's letter to the Chief of Manpower of July 25. Richardson states that the orders that Nickerson is not to use duty time to modify the sentence imposed upon him or for appeal is inappropriate and "perhaps illegal". He also states that Nickerson's assignment to the ABMA is unfair and, like Nickerson, requests that he be re-assigned to Redstone Arsenal "until all legal proceedings in this case are complete." Robert K. Bell (left) was an attorney based in Huntsville, Alabama. He would form a part of Nickerson's (right) defense counsel in 1957 along with Ray H. Jenkins, Lt. Col. Charles Zimmer, and Lt. Lewis G. Cole. Robert K. Bell writes to Senator Bob Jones for help and information regarding the Nickerson case. Roberts writes to Nickerson about his case, expressing interest and stating that by knowing Nickerson's relatives, he is sure Nickerson is anything but disloyal. Roberts also writes that he will be in Huntsville sometime and hopes to arrange to talk with Nickerson. Ryan writes that he recently saw a picture of Bell in the New York Herald Tribune with Colonel Nickerson. He includes personal details of his life stating he remarried and recently took a trip to Europe. He reminisces of a Caribbean trip they took together a year before his first wife passed away. Ryan also congratulates Bell on the "wonderful result" of the trial. Bell responds, continuing to reminisce on the same Caribbean trip and states he hopes to travel out West and visit with Ryan while there. He concludes by thanking Ryan for the letter. Satterthwaite writes to Bell to aid him in the Nickerson case by providing suggestions for testimony and information regarding the information regarding the missile program, including its financial situation and impact if switched from the Army to the Air Force. Schow writes this letter in response to Bell and Jenkins request for classified information. Schow states that the convening authority will determine the relevance of the material before allowing access. Sedrel writes on behalf of Nickerson's character, though "unacquainted with the details of this particular case." Several letters between Bell and Jenkins detail various things from their daily lives, humorous exchanges, the upcoming Tennessee-Georgia Tech football game they are gathering for, and a potential new case Jenkins has regarding workplace injuries and Bell's advice regarding the matter. Bell also includes a few updates on articles that have been published on the vindication of Colonel John Nickerson. Smith writes to "Pat" with information as the former president of the court-martial, that would be beneficial to the defense counsel. "Pat" most likely is one of the members of the defense counsel as Smith refers to "you and Buster" several times throughout his letter, "Buster" being the nickname for Robert K. Bell, defense attorney. Sparkman thanks Nickerson for sending a booklet he had requested. He also requests Nickerson to send information on a long range flight conducted by ABMA directly to Erik Bergaust for an interview Bergaust did on Sparkman. T. C. King writes to the Secretary of Defense, Neil H. McElroy, regarding the Nickerson case, calling it the "second Billy Mitchell case". He encourages McElroy to restore Nickerson to active duty, return to Redstone Arsenal, promote Nickerson and remove Medaris. The Adjutant General , Herbert Jones, replies that promotions are based on the officers' entire records and Nickerson plead guilty. King's reponse is included. This exchange of letters was forwarded to Robert K. Bell in the interest of the case. The author provides information to Colonel Zimmer about Colonels Sisson and Townsend. Though the author signed the letter, possibly Jimmie, it is difficult to read and they provide no last name. The defense counsel believes that the Commanding General or Convening Authority is both the accuser and the reviewer in the proceeding. Bell asks Perry in this letter for any "citations" on that particular point. The Defense Counsel writes to the Commanding General, Third United States Army requesting "top secret clearance for all members of the General Court Martial, the Court Reporter, and the Civilian Counsel n the case of Colonel John C. Nickerson, Jr." The Defense Counsel writes to the Commanding General, Third United States Army, requesting a continuance of trial of Colonel John C. Nickerson, Jr., citing the failure of the government to approve their request for top secret clearance as the reason. The defense counsel details how the clearance is vital to Nickerson's defense. The order calls to convene a General Court-Martial at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama for the trial of Colonel John C. Nickerson, Jr. of the Army Ballistic Missle Agency. The document lists the names of the members of the members and counsel. The request of March 28, 1957 asks for top secret clearance for the members of the General Court-Martial, the Court Reporter, and the Civil Counsel as classified information is vital to the defense of Colonel Nickerson. This letter from Lt. Col. John S. Tyler states that the request was forwarded to the Army Ballistic Missile Agency and that the request would be cleared for the "highest clearance necessary for the proper disposition of the case". The transcript details a conversation regarding the necessity of military counsel being present during the conference with Colonel Bengston, Captain Ledford, and Colonel Nickerson and under whose orders was the military counsel under. These documents include the draft of the letter and the final letter. Zimmer writes to Ridgway regarding his testimony and its importance in the Nickerson trial. Zimmer also asks for Ridgway's opinion on the "necessity of an Army commander exercising immediate and direct control" over defense weapons. These drafts of the letter and final letter to the Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence requesting highly classified information to be made available to the Court in order to "insure a proper defense" in the Nickerson case. These documents also include a letter from Bell to Ray H. Jenkins asking him to read the draft of the letter before Bell sends it and also asks about traveling to Washington the following week. These handwritten copies contain the testimony of Mr. Weisman. These handwritten notes include general information from the case of Colonel John C. Nickerson, Jr. Topics include general information and assessment related to the missile program, particularly in the transfer of the program from Army to Air Force direction. It also includes notes on the postponement of the trial. These letters include information pertaining to the Nickerson case. Almond expresses desire to "get something in motion to subdue the unnecessary and trivial expressions of � General Medaris". The letters also mention various correspondence that was included in the exchange of information. Both men advocate for the "cause" of Colonel Nickerson's actions. Bell was Nickerson's attorney during his trial. These letters to David Bowman, reporter and editorial writer, all pertain to Bowman's story about Colonel John Nickerson. The first letter includes foot notes and states that he sent a copy of the story to a Washington Post writer. The second letter contains additional information relating to the missile program that may be helpful for the story and a diagram of the original prototype for the Explorer I earth satellite. This set of letters also includes the original letter from David Bowman to Brig. Gen. Harold W. Nelson in which Bowman states he finally photocopied the published transcripts of Colonel Nickerson's court martial. Nelson's reponse follows thanking Bowman for sending the series on Colonel Nickerson. The final letter from Colonel Thomas W. Sweeney includes a working bibliography on the Nickerson case and invites him to visit the Military History Institute. These notes contain detailed information about Dr. Ernest Stuhlinger including his background, experience, training, knowledge of John C. Nickerson, Jr., his thoughts on the Wilson Memo, and the Jupiter missile program. These notes include a summary of the court proceedings, the order in which testimonies were heard or stipulations were read, and a seating chart at the top. These notes related to Dr. Wernher von Braun's testimony and knowledge of the situation surrounding Colonel Nickerson. It also includes factual information on the missile program and its switch from Army control to Air Force control. These three reports on Nickerson by various military officers testify to his character and military service. These trial notes include information given by a witness named James during his final testimony. James states that he is the one who suggested the name of journalist Drew Pearson to Colonel Nickerson. These voluntary statements were made in the office of Robert K. Bell. The first by Mrs. John C. Nickerson and the second by Dr. Wernher von Braun. This article, "Army 'Leak' Probe Agitates Redstone", published in the February 1957 issue, details secret information that went public in 1957 through Drew Pearson. The "leak" concerns the "Wilson Memorandum" that transfers the Army's role to the Air Force in the development and control of guided and ballistic missiles and rockets. The leak is traced back to Colonel John C. Nickerson, Jr. The article states that the "prevailing opinion is that Col. Nickerson is being made a scapegoat by persons very high up in the Army." The article further details the events that led to the court martial of Colonel Nickerson. This character testimony has no known author nor is it clear of whom the author is speaking about. This compilation covers periods in Nickerson's career from 1939 to 1953. In includes various reporting officers writing of Nickerson's character, actions, and command. This document contains various letters of appreciation received by Colonel Nickerson, efficiency reports, testimonies of Nickerson's character, certificates of achievement, and other services and recommendations pertaining to Nickerson. This handwritten document contains notes for a witness examination by both the prosecution and defense during the trial of Colonel John C. Nickerson, Jr. This handwritten letter to Drew Pearson from Robert K. Bell details Colonel Nickerson's dealings with Pearson and the "Considerations on the Wilson Memorandum" that contained classified information. This handwritten note states that "he" is unable to inform the court-martial of the "essential components" of the defense without disclosing top secret information. This handwritten note states that Colonel Nickerson "has pleaded guilty." It also notes that there are stipulations in the charges that are duplicates. It also contains the names of various people involved with the case including Dr. Stuhlinger, Dr. von Braun and General Pickering. This includes clarifications from the interrogation of General Medaris and other various information. This is a copy of an index that contains entries related to Colonel John C. Nickerson, Jr. and his court martial. The index contains entries that are found in the Army Navy Register and the Army Navy Journal. This is an extract from Special Orders Number 135 regarding Colonel John C. Nickerson, Jr. This is the summary of the testimony of a witness in the Nickerson case. He is referred to as "B" throughout the document. This letter acknowledges the receipt of a letter, an envelope for delivery, two courtesty copies, and a carbon copy of various letters. This letter addressed to both Robert and his wife details personal correspondence about various daily activities of Jenkins' life. This letter details the committee's agreement with Nickerson's actions, believing he was acting "for what he thought was the best interest of the national defense." They advocate for the inclusion of the Army Ballistic Missile Agency team on the intermediate-range ballistic missile program. The committee states that trial by court-martial would not reflect the many accomplishments Nickerson has made for the Army weapon program and feel it unnecessary. This letter from the Defense Counsel requests a continuance of the trial of Colonel John C. Nickerson due to the counsel still waiting on a response to their request for top secret clearance for access to pertinent information for the trial and the delay of the release of the pre-trial investigation to the civilian defense counsel. A letter from John Nickerson follows, detailing how without top secret clearance, he is unable to provide his civilian counsel with "essential components of the real issues in my defense without divulging information that is now classified." Multiple copies are included. This letter includes an attached letter from Martindale-Hubbell, Inc. which "speaks for itself" regarding the subject Jenkins in writing about. He states that he is writing Bell in "strictest confidence." The letter from Martindale-Hubbell, Inc. details a confidential report on Keller Smith submitted by Jenkins on July 5, 1957. It also includes information regarding Robert K. Bell's "rating" and that it has "not gone without our attention." This letter is in response to Bell's letter of March 22, 1957 to the Commanding General, Third United States Army. Cordes confirms the reception of Bell's request for the setting of the trial during the week of May 13-17, 1957 and states that Major General Crump Garvin has postponed it to May 15, 1957. This letter is the first request of a continuance of the trial of Colonel John C. Nickerson, Jr. by the defense counsel due to waiting on top secret clearance for information pertinent to the case and other various reasons. This letter is written to testify of Colonel John C. Nickerson, Jr.'s character. Hines writes that Nickerson showed himself to be "completely trustworth, security conscious, and loyal at all times." This letter outlines the defense counsel's request for access to flassified information in reference to a previous letter received from the Office of the Commanding General, Third United States Army. This letter requests a pre-trial conference be held on the 26th or 27th of April, 1957. This letter requests Robertson's presence at the Nickerson trial as a defense witness and a written statement in response to several questions listed in the letter. This letter requests William Nichols to be present at the trial as a defense witness and a written statement from Nichols to detail what his testimony would be. The letter includes questions for Nichols to answer in the written statement. This letter states that Nickerson sent two letters and a statement concerning member of the Court. However, this is the only letter in the collection. This letter thanks Bell for the courtesy extended to Almond and Major Fergusson's visit to his office and expresses well wishes to Bell's wife. Almond details a few aspects of his stay in Huntsville in this letter. This letter was written in response to Bell's June 13, 1957 letter to the Commanding General, Third United States Army requesting the trial of Colonel Nickerson to be postponed until late July or early August. Cordes informs Bell that this request has been denied and the trial will proceed as originally planned on June 25, 1957 and states that no further delay could be permitted. This letter was written in response to Bell's May 27, 1957 letter to the Commanding General, Third United States Army requesting top secret clearance for necessary information related to the Nickerson case. According to Cordes, Bell and Jenkins were granted access through Lt. Col. Charles Zimmer. This memo details an upcoming trip to Washington and the scheduled appointments with various senators and military officials in regard to the Nickerson case. The memo states that it would be preferred is all charges and specifications dropped and consider a reinvestigation and punishment. It includes other information regarding the case. This memo was written about a conversation earlier that day. Zimmer tells Bell that after discussing with Lieutenant Cole, they agree that Colonel Nickerson should not be tried on any other charges than the first ten specification to Charge I. This note states that according to "certain rules of evidence" established by the Federal courts, all information that is necessary for the case must be made available "regardless of the classification of the evidence." This order outlines the charges brought against Colonel John C. Nickerson, Jr. and the specifications that come with each charge. It also details how Nickerson pled and the sentence associated with the charges. Nickerson was suspended from rank for one year, charged $1,500 per month for fifteen months, and was to be reprimanded. The sentence was adjudged on June 29, 1957. This photo shows the Jupiter missile as it is prepared for launch. On the back there is a sticky note that reads: "JUPITER Pre-Launch Activities". This statement insists the charges and specifications against Colonel Nickerson "greatly enlarge on any activities or indiscretion that the Colonel might possibly have committed." The counsel states the Nickerson was simply acting out of enthusiasm to serve the Army. It states that Colonel Charles Zimmer and 1st Lt. Lewis Cole have been assigned to Nickerson's defense. This submitted list of additional witness was in addition to the list submitted on April 25, 1957. Thompson answers Zimmer's request for information about two colonels and Major General Powell. While Thompson states he is not acquainted with the two colonels, he does provide a personal evaluation of the character of Major General Powell. To clarify his intentions of the actions he took that led him to be court-martial, John C. Nickerson, Jr. writes a detailed document outlining three points. This set of documents includes two drafts of his message. Various handwritten notes on aspects of the Nickerson trial including published news articles, the Jupiter missile and army ballistic missile agency, and statements made by Dr. von Braun. Various handwritten notes on the Army missile program and other information pertaining to the case of Colonel John C. Nickerson, Jr. Webster sends three copies of the same letter to Congressman Frederic Coudert, Jr., Senator Irving M. Ives, and Secretary of the Army Wilber M. Brucker, asking them to take "an immediate active interest in the pending army court martial" of Colonel John C. Nickerson. He testifies to Nickerson's character and his value to the national defense system. Webster writes saying he thinks Wilson does a good job running the nation's defense system and because of that, Webster asks Wilson to evaluate Nickerson's performance of duty and would feel "thoroughly disillusioned to see such a 1st class officer sacked." Webster writes to wish Bell and Nickerson good luck in the case and send copies of letters that may have information useful to the defense of Nickerson. William Nichols writes to Robert K. Bell, enclosing a letter from Lieutenant Colonel William G. Barry. The enclosed letter requests William Nichols' presence at the Nickerson trial at an undetermined date. It states that a subpoena will be sent when a date is set. Wilson writes to Bell to congratulate him on the Nickerson case and states that he has been "avidly reading the newspaper accounts of the Nickerson trial" but still believes that Bell did a "terrific" job defending Colonel Nickerson. Works expresses sympathy toward Nickerson and the situation he is in asking, "�what's happening to the Army?" Works offers a character witness or any deposition or testimony that would help his case. Written by John F. Roehm, this report covers a summary of reports of Colonel John C. Nickerson, Jr.'s efficiency from his former Battery Executive Officer and regimental basketball boach. Written testimony of Brigadier General A. J. Kinney, Director of the Office of information Services, Department of the Air Force, as presented if he were "present in court". No signatures of the defense counsel, accused, or trial counsel are on the document. Written testimony of Edward Hull, assistant editor of Missiles and Rockets Magazine, as presented if he were "present in court". Signed by the defense counsel, the accused, and the trial counsel. Written testimony of Erik Bergaust, managing editor of Missiles and Rockets Magazine, as presented if he were "present in court". Signed by the defense counsel, the accused, and the trial counsel. Written testimony of John A. Baumann, employee of the Radio Corporation of America, presented if he were "present in court". No signatures of the defense counsel, accused, or trial counsel are on the document. Written testimony of Maurice W. Roche, administrative assistant for the Office of the Secretary of Defense, as presented if he were "present in court". Signed by the defense counsel, the accused, and the trial counsel. Written testimony of William C. Pritchard, Colonel with the Army Physical Evaluation Board at Walter Reed Hospital, as presented if he were "present in court". Page two missing. Handwritten note at the bottom says, "2d page only had signatures." Written testimony of William F. Hunt, employee of Reynolds Metals Company, as presented if he were "present in court". No signatures of the defense counsel, accused, or trial counsel are on the document. Zimmer writes to Lt. Colonel Willaim G. Barry with the stipulations that will not be accepted in the case of Colonel John C. Nickerson.
Select... Adamson, O. E. Agee, Forrest J. Almond, Edward M. Alverson, Jesse M., Jr. Ayers, Harry M. Barry, William G. Baumann, John A. Beale, W. L., Jr. Bell, Robert K. Bergaust, Erik Bowman, David Brown, Carl C. Brownlow, Margaret C. Brucker, Wilber M. Camp, Joseph W., Jr. Cole, Lewis Cole, Lewis G. Cordes, C. F. Cox, R. H. Dennis, Mary B. Evins, Joe L. Gibson, C. J. Grant, George Green, Bill Green, Richey Harper, Walter Harrison, E. H. Hickey, Thomas F. Hildebrand, William, Jr. Hill, Lister Hines, Charles B. Holsonback, B. L. Huddleston, George, Jr. Hull, Edward Hunt, William F. Jenkins, Ray H. Jones, Herbert Jones, Robert E. Jones, Stanley W. Kefauver, Estes King, T. C. Kinney, A. J. Lawson, James L. Lucas, Jim G. Marlowe, Cora B. May, Guthrie McDonald, Douglas H. McLain, John Mesick, B. S. Messick, Ben Michaelis, J. H. Monahan, Robert J. Moore, Person Moriarty, Harry M. Moss, John E. Nelson, Harold Neumann, Norbert Nichols, William Nichols, William F. Nickerson, Carol Nickerson, John C. Nickerson, John C., Jr. Perry, Walter E. Pickering, James A. Pritchard, William C. Pritchard, William S. Richardson, Patrick W. Roberts, Kenneth A. Robertson, Julian Roche, Maurice W. Roehm, John F. Ryan, Thomas C. Satterthwaite, Richard W. Schow, Robert A. Sedrel, Harold Simon, Leslie E. Smith, Michael G. Smith, Robert Sparkman, John J. Sweeney, Thomas W. Third Army Advisory Committee, Huntsville, Alabama Thompson, J. R. Tyler, John S. Vinson, Carl Von Braun, Wernher. Walker, L. C. Waugh, William J. Weaver, Don E. Webster, J. B. Webster, J. Bancroft Wilson, Jack Wiltsie, Ralph M. Works, Robert C. Zimmer, Charles Zimmer, Charles R.