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STATEMENT OF JAMES K. VARDAMAN, JR.
WITH REFERENCE TO THE "AMERASIA" CASE AT THE TIME HE APPEARED BEFCRE THE
SUB-COMMITTEE OF THE UNITED STATES SENATE INVESTIGATING CHARGES OF
COMMUNISM IN THE STATE DEPARTMENT
AT 2t30 P*M. ON THURSDAY, JUNE 8, 1950
The Committee did not deem it advisable to grant my request that my
testimony in this matter be heard in open session, but has considerately granted
me permission to state publicly the substance of my testimony, which was as
follows:
I reported to the White House as Naval Aide to the President about the
6th of May, 19U5, having come directly from ninety days combat duty in the
Philippines and the initial assault and occupation on Okinawa. Prior to that
time I had spent three years in hospitals and on combat duty in North Africa,
Tunisia, Sicily and Italy* I make this statement to indicate why I was neither
interested in nor acquainted with matters other than my Naval and Army duties•
Immediately after reporting to the White House, I was assigned the
duty of supervising the operations of the t'Map Room", of receiving and transmitting to the President all dispatches, both secret and otherwise, and briefing
the President morning, noon and evening on the events of the war then going on
both in Europe and the Pacific* I was also responsible for the eperation of
the Presidential yacht, the Presidential mountain camp and the administration
of the Naval Aide!s office, and liaison between the Presidency and the Department of the Navy on naval matters*
Si far as the so-called toerasia case is concerned I repeat the statements which I made to the press on yesterday to the effect that I knew nothing
about it at that time, nor do I recall having taken any notice of it until the
last several weeks when it has been head-lined in the press* At no time then
or now have I discussed the Amerasia case with anybody except informally during
the last several days* At no time have I ever contacted by telephone, by letter or otherwise any civilian or military officer of the Government in any
department regarding this case* To be more specific, I have not at any time
contacted, directly or indirectly, apy officer or employee of the Navy Department, the State Department, the Department of Justice or the FBI with reference
to this case or any similar case*
My work as Naval Aide was extremely taxing, requiring constant duty
on the jobs pertaining to the office and I did not have at aiqr time during my
service as Naval. Aide to the President, any authority or inclination to
participate in or interfere with any work other than the specific duties f*r
which the Naval Aide was responsible*
If, as reported in the press, Brigadier General Holmes testified that
he was under the impression that I had anything whatsoever to do with this case,
all I have to say is that such an impression was not correct and must have been
based on misinf ormation* I am not questioning General Holmes* intentions or his
sincerity, but I simply want to make quite clear that I had nothing whatever to
do with this case at any time;