Thomas L. Thomson
895045 C.I.M. East
P.O. Box 500
Chino, Calif. 91710
Chino, Calif. 91710
September 19, 1978
House Committee on Assassinations
U.S. House of Representatives
In May of 1963 in Fort Worth, Texas, in the Technical Publications Office (B-58) of General Dynamics, Conair, one James Thomas (white-early thirties) told me that he knew an ex-marine who had “defected to Russia, returned, and was working in a” Dallas school book store/library/warehouse (do not recall him using the word “depository”)
I pressed Thomas for the ex-marines name, and he said, “Oswald.”
I once worked for a firm named Uniforms by Oswald in Staten Island, N.Y.C., and the name “Oswald” made an indelible impression on my immediately.
I was puzzled at the time as to why an ex-U.S. Marine would defect to Russia and am more puzzled now as to how in the hell Thomas could place Oswald in that bookstore in May of 1963 – when, according to the Warren Commission Report, Oswald didn’t hire on with the Dallas School Book Depository until a month, or so, before November 22, 1963.
So help me God, this is the Gospel truth and my recollection is vivid, lucid, reliable, & unequivocal on this incident.
The following facts are corollary to afore noted revelation:
(A) I was an electronics engineering writer with Thomas at the time at Conair.
(B) I called the Ft. Worth office of the FBI and reported shortly thereafter the information from Thomas because it seemed incongruous to me that an ex-marine would defect to Russia.
(C) After President John Fitzgerald Kennedy’s assassination I called the F.B.I. on several occasions in several different cities & most usually received a brush-off. On one occasion I was called a “nut” by one F.B.I. agent.
(D) I was interviewed RE this matter by Secret Service Agent Walters in Phoenix (Dec), 1963.
(E) I was interviewed by FBI agent EVANS in the 1st qtr. Of 1964 in Phoenix, Ariz. In RE.
I reveal this information as a patriotic American citizen & for no other purpose.
Lord knows, you guys have enough information to sift thru without having to separate fact from fiction. I would NOT give you bum dope – or doubtful information. I will voluntarily submit to a polygraph – whatever.
Also, I flew a hybrid light airplane for Thomas (I hold commercial Pilots Lic. #1307837) from Belview Airfield (near Austin) to an unmarked Ft. Worth strip in the spring of ’63. Thomas said he had flow the craft 1100 miles non-stop (questionable range for the bird-extra fuel tanks?). Why? From where?