2 Replies Latest reply on Apr 12, 2021 11:56 AM by James Konicek

    The 1948 Assassination of US Consul General Thomas C. Wasson

    Michelle Kinnucan Adventurer

      On May 22, 1948, the US Consul General Thomas C. Wasson, a member of the United Nations Truce Commission, was struck by a sniper's bullet in Jerusalem. He died of his injuries the next day. US Navy Chief Petty Officer Herbert M. Walker*, who was attached to the Consulate, also later died from injuries sustained in the attack. Thomas Gannon, a guard, was wounded but survived.


      There is scant mention of the attack in the FRUS (see e.g. 501.BB Palestine/5–2548: Telegram). I would like help in helping locating records to determine what efforts, if any, were made to determine the identity of and hold accountable the attackers who killed Wasson and Walker.


      * One source identifies him as Herbert C. Walker.

        • Re: The 1948 Assassination of US Consul General Thomas C. Wasson
          Lauren Theodore Adventurer

          Dear Ms. Kinnucan,


          Thank you for posting your inquiry in History Hub.


          Records of the State Department and records of U.S. Embassies, Legations, Consulates General, Consulates, and Missions (Record Group 59 and Record Group 84, respectively) are held at the National Archives at College Park. The email for the reference department is archives2reference@nara.gov. Please contact that office directly for more information on researching additional records relating to the assassination and subsequent investigation.


          We hope this information is helpful.

          • Re: The 1948 Assassination of US Consul General Thomas C. Wasson
            James Konicek Wayfarer

            Dear Michelle Kinnucan,


            Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


            We searched the National Archives Catalog and located one series Central Decimal Files, 1910-1963 in the General Records of the Department of State (Record Group 59).


            The Jerusalem Consulate files in the Records of the Foreign Service Posts of the Department of State (Record Group 84) ends in 1935 and begins again in 1948. Any correspondence received or sent between those years should be filed in the RG 59 Central Decimal Files.


            For more information about these records, please email National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) at Archives2reference@nara.gov. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of NARA staff. As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgement as well as a substantive response to your reference request from (RDT2).




            We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!