Doar, John

1980 TLS by the Justice Dept. Civil Rights Division lawyer, prosecuted murderers of civil rights martyrs Viola Liuzzo, James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner, protected James Meredith at Ole Miss, walked into Montgomery ahead of Dr. King

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(1921-2014) Lawyer best known for his service as Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights 1961-65 and as head of the Civil Rights Division 1965-67 under Robert Kennedy. He led the government's response to the admission and protection of James Meredith as the 1st black student at the University of Mississippi, as well as the response to the civil rights movement promoting integration and voter registration in the South. In 1961 he operated in Montgomery, Alabama, along with his assistant, John Siegenthaler, to protect the Freedom Riders. In 1962, he confronted Gov. Ross Barnett over Barnett's attempts to prevent James Meredith from entering the then segregated University of Mississippi. He prosecuted Collie Leroy Wilkins for federal civil rights violations in the murder of Viola Liuzzo, gaining conviction by an all-white jury in Alabama. In 1963, he calmed an angry mob after the assassination of civil rights leader Medgar Evers, murdered outside his home. Doar prosecuted the federal case for civil rights violations against the men accused of murdering Andrew Goodman, James Chaney and Michael Schwerner, young civil rights workers killed in Mississippi. He earlier contributed to drafting the Civil Rights Act of 1964, signed by Lyndon Johnson, to try to enforce constitutional rights for all citizens. In March 1965, Doar was the first to arrive in Montgomery, Alabama during the 3rd of the Selma-Montgomery marches, walking into Montgomery half a block ahead of the march in his capacity as Assistant Attorney General. Doar left the government in 1967. He returned to service in 1974, appointed as Special Counsel for the US House Judiciary Committee then investigating the Watergate scandal and preparing articles of impeachment against Richard Nixon. He then started a law firm in New York City: Doar, Rieck, Kaley, & Mack. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012. TLS on his 11 x 8 ˝ New York City law office letterhead, May 14 1980, to Major General DeWitt C. Smith Jr., Commandant, Army War College, regrets inability to participate in a seminar but appreciates invitation. A most uncommon important civil rights figure’s autograph. DeWITT C. SMITH,JR. (1920 -1985) US Army officer, former deputy Army Chief of Staff, twice (and longest-serving) Army War College commandant 1974 -77, 1978-80. He attended Oberlin College but joined the Canadian army before US entry in WW II under an assumed name; his father had him discharged. In 1942, he joined the US Army and went to NCO school, then to OCS. Commissioned a 2nd lieutenant, he served with the 4th Armored Div. in combat after Normandy until the end of the War. General Smith was wounded 3 times in action and awarded the Silver Star, 2 Bronze Stars for Valor, and 3 Purple Hearts. Discharged in 1946, he graduated from the University of Maryland, returned to active duty for the Korean War and stayed in the military. He was an aide to Chief of Staff Gen. Maxwell Taylor, served in the "Old Guard" at Fort Myer, and was a battalion executive officer and commander in Germany. He served at the Pentagon before going to the Army War College. He commanded a combat brigade of the 1st Infantry Div. in Vietnam and came under fire in the Dominican Republic while on the staff of the Secretary of Defense in the mid-60s. In 1970, under his leadership, Fort Carson in Colorado was made an initial test site for the modern volunteer Army concept. After his stints at the War College, he retired in 1980.

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