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Sam Kail:

 



Posted by James Richards on July 11, 2007 (edited) in the Education Forum

http://educationforum.ipbhost.com/topic/10469-sam-kail/

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Also, I am re-reading "The Last Investigation". Has anyone here ever interviewed Col. Sam Kail? I would like to know more about him and his connection to David Phillips. Thanks (John Bockmon)

So not to divert the 'What's It Going To Take' thread, I thought I would start a new one.

Sam Kail is one of the more interesting characters.

Born in Huntington, West Virginia, he graduated from the Huntington High School. He received a bachelor of science degree from the U.S. Military Academy in West Point. Kail was also a graduate of the U.S. Army Infantry School, Command and General Staff College and the U.S. Army War College. He also attended the Southern Methodist University.

Kail retired in 1969.

From 1970 until 1972, he served as the Republican Party Precinct 159 Chairman. In 1972, he campaigned for the Republican nomination to state House District 33-E.

Kail was the president of the West Point Society of North Texas, a vice president in the Dallas chapter of the Association of the U.S. Army, and a member of the Retired Officers Association.

In 1960, he was stationed in Havana and according to Antonio Veciana, Maurice Bishop sent Veciana to meet with Kail regarding official support. Kail said they would speak in more detail in Dallas later. I'm not sure if that meeting ever took place but Veciana felt that Kail and Bishop were well acquainted.

In 1959, an arrest order in Havana was issued for David Morales (aka Stanley Zamka). Kail was the one who handled the Cubans as Morales obviously got out.

Sam Kail was rarely photographed but this is him below. (photo not included)

Kail's son, Samuel Kail Jr. is an army man and probably worth tracking down.

FWIW.

James

Edited July 11, 2007 by James Richards

 

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Cryptonym: JMFIG

JMFIG is defined as the "Opa-locka Naval Base. Opa-locka CAC (note: Caribbean Admissions Center)

https://www.maryferrell.org/php/cryptdb.php?id=JMFIG

 

198-10004-10157 MOVEMENT OF THE CARIBBEAN ADMISSION CENTER (CAC) 1

Background on the use of the Opa-locka facility. "The Caribbean Admission Center was established in March 1962 as a joint DOD/CIA operation under CIA operational control and Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) cover..." See https://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=19773#relPageId=10&tab=page - it shows that "CIA's Domestic Contact Division (DCD) had primary responsibility for obtaining positive intelligence interest from refugees." DCD officers conducted interviews with refugees at the CAC.

 

124-90019-10155: No Title

Deputy Chief of the CAC is Colonel Sam Kail.

198-10004-10153: TRIP REPORT

Colonel Sam Kail and Lt. Col. Trudencio Ulibarri are described as "the two top men" at CAC.

104-10069-10185: OPERATIO.NAL: AGREED ACTIVITIES W/ACSI

See this document for further details on Kail and Ulibarri and the relationship between CIA and DOD.

198-10004-10153: TRIP REPORT

6/30/63 from Lt. Col. James Patchell to Joseph Califano: Describes visit to CAC, operations led by Colonel Sam Kail and Lt. Col. Ulibarri. Julian Gleichauf, CIA chief of field office, is also the Director of CAC. "It is a military operation under CIA management."


 

From The Road to Dallas

By David E Kaiser,


 

(The “process” being spoken of below involves the overthrow of Papa Doc Duvalier in Haiti)

 

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From Our Man in Acapulco, p. 141:

https://books.google.com/books?id=QLdqgDsVio4C&pg=PA141&dq=Rose+ACSI&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjgxtiTz4zcAhUE54MKHSqQAF8Q6AEILzAB#v=onepage&q=Rose%20ACSI&f=false

When Frank Branstetter was looking for work on his return from Havana in 1959, he wrote to Colonel William Rose in the ACSI (Assistant Chief of Staff, Intelligence) office.

"Rose suggested that Brandy contact Colonel Sam Kail, the U.S. Army military attaché at the American embassy in Havana"

I have read (and I can't remember where, that it was Kail who steered Brandstetter to Crichton and his 488th).

 

Steve Thomas

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9 hours ago, Steve Thomas said:

Sam Kail:

From Our Man in Acapulco, p. 141:

https://books.google.com/books?id=QLdqgDsVio4C&pg=PA141&dq=Rose+ACSI&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjgxtiTz4zcAhUE54MKHSqQAF8Q6AEILzAB#v=onepage&q=Rose%20ACSI&f=false

When Frank Branstetter was looking for work on his return from Havana in 1959, he wrote to Colonel William Rose in the ACSI (Assistant Chief of Staff, Intelligence) office.

"Rose suggested that Brandy contact Colonel Sam Kail, the U.S. Army military attaché at the American embassy in Havana"

I have read (and I can't remember where, that it was Kail who steered Brandstetter to Crichton and his 488th).

 

Steve Thomas

I'm picking up references that Sam Kail was from Dallas:

Posted by Jerry Shinley in the alt.conspiracy.jfk newsgroup 8/28/01

https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/alt.conspiracy.jfk/D3WzPPT6y_s


 

New Orleans Times-Picayune August 11, 1960

Remoulade by Howard Jacobs
Havana "Fugitives' Get Royal Welcome

“Two young "refugees" from Cuba found their path unexpectedly smoothed by thoughtful New Orleanians a few days ago. The first inkling that 12- and 14-year-old Samuel and Robin Kail were en route from Havana to New Orleans came with a long distance call to Mrs. Jesse Core from her cousin, U. S. Army Col. Samuel Kail, who is stationed in the Cuban capital.

Col. Kail said the boys were en route to visit their grandparents in Dallas, and that they needed to be met and convoyed through customs and placed aboard the Dallas flight. In the emergency Mrs. Core called upon O. L. Sands, Moisant [airport] director, and Lewis Hopkins, travel consultant at International Trade Mart. Hopkins arranged for the Dallas flight, and Sands met the plane, escorted the boys through customs and placed them aboard the Dallas flight.”


The Last Investigation. By Gaeton Fonzi p. 312

https://books.google.com/books?id=imUtAgAAQBAJ&pg=PA312&lpg=PA312&dq=%22Sam+Kail%22&source=bl&ots=EpNZyJsosE&sig=l3QLXWwqWkmg4bHevrDvrPwRUHk&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjUhNaOzo3cAhVL9YMKHSabDvM4HhDoAQgtMAI#v=onepage&q=%22Sam%20Kail%22&f=false


“I spent a few days in Dallas helpng Jim McDonald with witness depositions, most of which had to do with Jack Ruby. I did, however, get to talk with a few people I had wanted to meet, including the retired Colonel Sam Kail, the military attaché at the American Embassy in Havana in 1960, and the man to whom Maurice Bishop had referred Veciana.”

 

This sort of lends credence to the idea that if Brandstetter called Rose at ASCI, Rose (or more than likely, Mrs. Dorothe K. Matlack) had Kail get in touch with him and steered him to Crichton.

 

Lester Logue, Robert Castorr, David Atlee Phillips, Frank Brandstetter, Jack Crichton... that Dallas/Fort Worth area was a real hopping place wasn't it?

 

Steve Thomas

 

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Hi Steve,

Maybe you already know this, but Col. Samuel G Kail was in the 4th Army, at least for a few years. Below are links to three service medals presented to Samuel G. Kail:

(1) Silver Star, Korean War.   https://valor.militarytimes.com/hero/106885

(2) Legion of Merit, Vietnam war.  https://valor.militarytimes.com/hero/106885

(3) Legion of Merit, (4th Army) Vietnam War.  https://valor.militarytimes.com/hero/106885

Tom

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37 minutes ago, Tom Hume said:

Hi Steve,

Maybe you already know this, but Col. Samuel G Kail was in the 4th Army, at least for a few years. Below are links to three service medals presented to Samuel G. Kail:

(1) Silver Star, Korean War.   https://valor.militarytimes.com/hero/106885

(2) Legion of Merit, Vietnam war.  https://valor.militarytimes.com/hero/106885

(3) Legion of Merit, (4th Army) Vietnam War.  https://valor.militarytimes.com/hero/106885

Tom

Tom,

 

Thank you. The Silver Star award goes along with something else I read. I wasn't sure it was the same Sam Kail, so I didn't say anything, but, see:

The 7th Infantry Regiment: Combat in an Age of Terror: The Korean War ...

By John C. McManus pp 20-21

https://books.google.com/books?id=Qw0fdADo-UEC&pg=PA20&lpg=PA20&dq=%22Sam+Kail%22&source=bl&ots=UNrAXLfv-L&sig=oRiDWgxuPN5bBLXAWZuni7tkuCM&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj04oL97o3cAhUo44MKHfPyCbo4KBDoAQgmMAA#v=onepage&q=%22Sam%20Kail%22&f=false

 

Steve Thomas

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Colonels - we should add Colonel Lucien Conein to the list.

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If anyone has Shadow Warfare you will find a good bit of Conein's SE Asian activities in it and there are lots of records about his actual day to day activities in the fall of 1963 available in documents given that he was very much involved with the Diem coup....and people in DC were extremely interested in how that had come out so badly.  I found dozens of documents relating to his failed attempts to find an aircraft to fly them out during the coup...so there's lots of material to work from if you go that route.

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Posted (edited)

 Am I reading this doc that David Boykin shared correctly?

http://documents.theblackvault.com/documents/jfk/NARA-Oct2017/2018/176-10036-10151.pdf

4.e. Seems to imply  that Major General Tram Van Don is seeing two factions in American policies. I might guess that the two sides are Landsdale and administration loyalists as opposed to intelligence or other opposing influences represented by Conein.

This interpretation is influenced by1) the assumption that Don was not “played the fool” by Diem and 2) my recent line of thinking that Landsdale was a loyalist to the Office of the President while he was employed as a subordinate to that office.

Edited by Michael Clark

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Who were these "Advisors" and what unit was Whitmeyer "advising" in Louisiana?

The Monroe News-Star from Monroe, Louisiana · Page 5

March 25, 1955

https://newspaperarchive.com/monroe-news-star-mar-25-1955-p-5/

 

“Those reserve officers interested in this program are urged to contact Major George L. Whitmeyer at the office of the unit advisor, United States Army Reserve, building T-39-2, Selman Field...:

 

The Monroe News-Star from Monroe, Louisiana · Page 3

September 21, 1955

https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/89404823/


“Vacancies in the high school student draft deferment group still exist in the reserve army, Major George L. Whitmeyer, army reserve advisor, said Wednesday.

 

The Monroe News-Star from Monroe, Louisiana · Page 3

October 23, 1956

https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/84343273/


 

Looking on as Capt. Pipes reads his new commission is Major George L. Whitmeyer, unit advisor.


 

The Mexia Daily News from Mexia, Texas · Page 1

November 7, 1957

https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/11876796/


 

Mr. Castorr. who is now a- colonel in the Active Reserve serving as inspector and advisor to the 90th Division in Texas...”


 

From: Brandy: Our Man in Acapulco:

...in December, 1953 he (Brandstetter) and several other officers were attached to different units for the first three months of 1954 assigned as “Inspector/Advisors "

 

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