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Majestic-12 Committee

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Rear Adm. Roscoe H. Hillenkoetter

Roscoe Henry Hillenkoetter (May 8, 1897 - June 18, 1982) was the third director of the Central Intelligence Agency of the United States, serving from May 1, 1947 to October 7, 1950.

He was serving as director of the CIA at the time that North Korea invaded South Korea (June 25, 1950), initiating the Korean War, and was held responsible by some for the failure to predict the hostile intentions of North Korea.

Prior to joining the Central Intelligence Agency then-Captain Hillenkoetter served as the commanding officer of the USS Missouri (BB-63).

Hillenkoetter was a member of NICAP, and Donald E. Keyhoe writes in his book Aliens from Space that Hillenkoetter wanted public disclosure of UFO evidence. (page 28 in the Dutch translation of that book)


Perhaps Hillenkoetter's best-known statement on the subject was in 1960, as reported in the New York Times:

"Behind the scenes, high-ranking Air Force officers are soberly concerned about UFOs. But through official secrecy and ridicule, many citizens are led to believe the unknown flying objects are nonsense."




Dr. Vannevar Bush

Vannevar Bush (March 11, 1890 – June 30, 1974) was an American engineer and science administrator, known for his political role in the development of the atomic bomb, and idea of the memex—seen as a pioneering concept for the World Wide Web.


His name was pronounced Van-NEE-var as in "receiver" (IPA: /ˌvæˈniː.vɚ/).


He was unrelated to the Bush political family.



James Forrestal

James Vincent Forrestal (February 15, 1892 – May 22, 1949) was a Secretary of the Navy and the first United States Secretary of Defense (September 17, 1947–March 28, 1949).


He was a tremendous supporter of naval battle groups centered on aircraft carriers.


The newly created Department of the Air Force opposed his plans to build new ones, claiming that operations could be accomplished from ground bases.


The conflict between Forrestal and the Air Force was probably the foremost cause of his mental breakdown and ultimate 'suicide.'


One year after his 'suicide' his ideas were vindicated by the Korean War, which showed an essential role for aircraft carriers in future wars.


The Navy's first supercarrier, USS Forrestal was named in his honor.




Gen. Walter Bedell Smith

General Walter Bedell "Beetle" Smith (October 5, 1895 – August 9, 1961) was Dwight D. Eisenhower's Chief of Staff during Eisenhower's tenure at SHAEF and Director of the CIA from 1950 to 1953. He also served as U.S. Ambassador to the Soviet Union from 1946 to 1949.

Smith's first military service was as a private in the Indiana National Guard. He continued his service during World War I, in the 4th Division of the United States Army as an Infantry Reserve Officer. This included deployment to France.

When General George C. Marshall became the Army's wartime Chief of Staff, he called in Major Smith to be Assistant to the Secretary of the General Staff.


He became Secretary in September 1941 and in February 1942 was named U.S. Secretary of the Combined Chiefs of Staff.


Just before the invasion of North Africa, Marshall sent him to England to be Supreme Allied Commander Dwight D. Eisenhower's Chief of Staff.


He remained in that role until V-E Day, including making the arrangements for the German surrender.

Smith had a reputation as a brusque manager, peppered with salty speech, and was often referred to as Eisenhower's "hatchet man". For instance, when Gen. George S. Patton needed to be disciplined, Smith was tasked with delivering the bad news.

Smith rose to four star General, and after retirement, he served as U.S. Ambassador to the Soviet Union; Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA); and Under Secretary of State. He also played a role in the creation of the National Security Agency.

He died on August 9, 1961 at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington. He was subsequently buried in Section 7 of Arlington National Cemetery.


His wife, Mary Eleanor Smith (1893-1963), is buried with him.




Nathan Twining

Nathan Farragut Twining (October 11, 1897 - March 29, 1982) was a United States Air Force general. He was born in Monroe, Wisconsin.


He was Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force from 1953 until 1957. He then served as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 1957 to 1960 being the first member of the Air Force to serve in that role.

Twining came from a rich military background; his forebears had served in the United States Army and Navy since the French and Indian War.


Twining himself enlisted in World War I but soon received an appointment to West Point.


Because the program was shortened so as to produce more officers for combat, he spent only two years at the academy.

After graduating in 1918 and serving in the infantry for three years, he transferred to the Air Service.


Over the next 15 years he flew fighter aircraft in Texas, Louisiana, and Hawaii, while also attending the Air Corps Tactical School and the Command and General Staff College.


When war broke out in Europe he was assigned to the operations division on the Air Staff; then in 1942 he was sent to the South Pacific where he became chief of staff of the Allied air forces in that area.

In January 1943 he assumed command of the Thirteenth Air Force, and that same November he traveled across the world to take over the Fifteenth Air Force from Jimmy Doolittle.


When Germany surrendered, Arnold sent Twining back to the Pacific to command the B-29s of the Twentieth Air Force in the last push against Japan, but he was there only a short time when the atomic strikes ended the war.


He returned to the States where he was named commander of the Air Materiel Command, and in 1947 he took over Alaskan Air Command.

After three years there he was set to retire as a Lieutenant General, but when Muir Fairchild, the vice chief of staff, died unexpectedly of a heart attack, Twining was elevated to full general and named his successor.

In 1947, Twining was asked to study UFO reports; he recommended that a formal study of the phenomenon take place;
Project Sign was the result.

When Hoyt Vandenberg retired in mid 1953, Twining was selected as chief; during his tenure, massive retaliation based on airpower became the national strategy.

In 1957 President Eisenhower appointed Twining chairman of the Joint Chiefs. He died at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas and was buried in Arlington National Cemetery.




Gen. Hoyt Vandenberg

Hoyt Sanford Vandenberg (January 24, 1899–April 2, 1954) was an U.S. Air Force officer and director of the Central Intelligence Agency.


He was briefly the U.S. Chief of Military Intelligence during World War II, but his primary duty was as commanding general of the Ninth Air Force, a tactical air force in England and in France, supporting the Army, from August 1944 until V-E Day.


Vandenberg Air Force Base on the central coast of California is named for General Vandenberg.

The general was born at Milwaukee, Wisconsin and graduated from the United States Military Academy on June 12, 1923, and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Air Service.

General Vandenberg graduated from the Air Service Flying School at Brooks Field, Texas, in February 1924, and from the Air Service Advanced Flying School at Kelly Field, Texas, in September 1924.




Dr. Detlev Bronk

Detlev Wulf Bronk (13 August 1897 – 17 November 1975) was an American neurophysiologist. He was reportedly a member of "MJ-12" an alleged group of that did confidential research into aliens.

He was President of the National Academy of Sciences from 1950 to 1962.


He was President of Johns Hopkins University from 1949 to 1953.

Bronk crater on the Moon is named for him.





Rear Adm. Sidney Souers

Sidney William Souers (March 30, 1892 - January 14, 1973) was an American admiral and intelligence expert. He held the posts of:

Director of Central Intelligence, Central Intelligence Group, 1946
Executive Secretary, National Security Council, 1947-1950
Special Consultant to the President on military and foreign affairs, 1950-1953 Rear Admiral Souers was appointed by President Harry S. Truman as the first Director of Central Intelligence on January 23, 1946.

Prior to this, as Deputy Director of Naval Intelligence, Souers had been one of the architects of the system that came into being with the President's directive.


He had written the intelligence chapter of the Eberstadt Report, which advocated a unified intelligence system.

Toward the end of 1945, when the competing plans for a national intelligence system were deadlocked, Souers' views had come to the attention of the President, and he seems to have played a role in breaking the impasse.




Gordon Gray

Gordon Gray (May 30, 1909 – November 26, 1982) was an official in the government of the United States during the administrations of Harry Truman (1945-53) and Dwight Eisenhower (1953-61) associated with defense and national security.

Gordon Gray was born in Baltimore, Maryland, the son of Bowden Gray, Sr. and Nathalie Lyons Gray. He was married in 1938 to the former Jane Boyden Craige, and they had four sons: Gordon Gray, Jr., Burton Gray, C. Boyden Gray and Bernard Gray.


After Jane's death, Gray married the former Nancy Maguire Beebe.


His father and later his brother, Bowden Gray, Jr., both were heads of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company.

Gordon graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1930. The University presented Gray with an honorary law degree in 1949.


He would later serve as president of the University of North Carolina System from 1950-1955.

He began his public life as a lawyer and was elected to the North Carolina General Assembly.


Gray's service to the federal government began with his appointment as President Harry S. Truman's assistant secretary of the war in 1947; two years later, he was appointed Secretary of the Army. He served in this post from 1949 until 1950.


President Dwight D. Eisenhower appointed him his National Security Advisor from 1958 until 1961. He served on the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board under Presidents John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard M. Nixon and Gerald R. Ford.

Gray was also publisher of the Winston-Salem Journal, chairman of the board of Piedmont Publishing Company and chairman of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

His son, C. Boyden Gray, served as White House counsel for President George Herbert Walker Bush. His nephew, Lyons Gray, is chief financial officer for the Environmental Protection Agency

It is alleged that Gordon Gray was a member of the UFO Conspiracy group known as Majestic 12.





Dr. Donald Menzel

Donald Howard Menzel (April 11, 1901 – December 14, 1976) was an American astronomer.

Menzel studied at the University of Denver and received his Ph.D. from Princeton. He worked at Lick Observatory until 1932 when he accepted a position at Harvard. From 1954-56 he was President of the American Astronomical Society.

Menzel initially performed solar research, but later concentrated on studying gaseous nebulae.


His work with Lawrence Aller and James Baker defined many of the fundamental principles of the study of planetary nebulae.

He wrote A Field Guide to the Stars and Planets, part of the Peterson Field Guides. In addition to his academic and popular contributions to the field of astronomy, Menzel was a prominent skeptic concerning the reality of UFOs.


He authored or co-authored three popular books debunking UFOs: Flying Saucers (1953), The World Of Flying Saucers: A Scientific Examination of a Major Myth of the Space Age (1963), and The UFO Enigma: The Definitive Explanation of the UFO Phenomenon (1977).


In 1968, Menzel testified before the U.S. House Committee on Science and Astronautics - Symposium on UFOs, stating that he considered all UFO sightings to have natural explanations.