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[TEXT OF] APPENDIX G

CHRONOLOGY OF

MAJOR EVENTS, 24 JULY - 2 AUGUST 1967

Mon., 24 July

1335:

Departed Washington for Selfridge AFB.

 

1510:

Arrived Self ridge AFB; joined by Gen. Throckmorton.

 

1600:

Departed Selfridge AFE by car to Detroit Police Headquarters to meet Governor Romney and Mayor Cavanagh.

 

1625:

Met with Gov. Romney and Mayor Cavanagh; recommended deployment of additional National Guard troops.

 

1730:

Tour of city with Cow Romney, Mayor Cavanagh, Gen. Throckmorton, Mr. Christopher, Mr. Doar.

 

1930:

Met with Gov. Romney, Mayor Cavanagh, Reps. Diggs and Conyers, and community leaders.

 

2000:

Consultation with Secretary of Defense.

 

2015:

Joint press conference with Gov. Romney and Mayor Cavanagh.

 

2030:

Gov. Romney came to my office and requested immediate commitment of Federal troops.

 

2035:

Staff discussions and review of situation.

 

2130:

Review of situation in city; made decision to move TF Detroit troops from Selfridge AFB to State Fairgrounds.

 

2135:

Consultation with Secretary of Defense.

 

2230:

Review of situation in City; staff discussions.

 

2245:

Consultation with Secretary of Defense.

 

2310:

Decision made to deploy TF Detroit troops into the city streets and to federalize the Michigan Army and Air National Guard.

 

2320:

Executive Order signed.

 

2330:

Press statement.

Tues., 25 July

0130:

Relief of 46th ARNG Div. troops east of Woodward Ave. by TF Detroit elements in process.

 

0225:

Press statement.

 

0330:

Tour of City with Gen. Throckmorton.

 

0520:

Press statement.

 

0630:

Proposed to Mayor Cavanagh a joint announcement that business, plants and office. s should be opened.

 

0645:

Mayor Cavanagh concurred.

Tues., 25 July

0702

Gov. Romney came to discuss joint announcement and concurred.

 

0703:

Press session for joint statement.

 

0705:

Discussion with Gov. Romney of need to assess requirements for and plan actions to return city to normal.

 

1000:

Meeting with Gov. Romney, Mayor Cavanagh, Rep. Conyers and other state and city officials to discuss health and medical problems, food distribution, shelter, detection and justice problems, insurance needs, motor fuel controls. Gov. Romney expressed view that Federal Disaster Area declaration should be made to cover Detroit area.

 

1155:

Gov. Romney requested 250 National Guard troops for possible use in Flint, Grand Rapids, or elsewhere, and stated he wished to redeploy 250 State Police from Detroit. Concurred in State Police redeployment and agreed to reply shortly as to defederalization of National Guard troops.

 

1200:

Agreed to defederalize one NG bn for use elsewhere by Gov. Romney.

 

1645:

Gov. Romney expressed concern over situation outside metropolitan Detroit, and urged that President’s proclamation be interpreted as applying to "Greater Detroit" metropolitan area. He was assured that a broad interpretation would be given to Executive Order so as to include "Greater Detroit."

 

1835:

Press conference.

 

1853:

At request of Gov. Romney, put "string" on police unit of 100 men which might be withdrawn from Detroit for use in Pontiac, and authorized contingency planning for release of an additional NC bn to Gov. Romney for use in Pontiac. Gov. Romney expressed concern over situation in Pontiac and statements made by extremists there.

 

2135:

Gov. Romney and Col David (State Police Director) reported inflammatory statements by "a Black Power leader, " and concern over possible attacks on utility systems to paralyze Detroit and reported movement of 70 car convoy into Detroit; asked guards for key utility installations and agreed to identify specific locations to XVIII Corps staff. Action taken to provide for these contingencies, should they arise.

 

2245:

Met with Mayor Cavanagh.

 

2305:

Tour of City with Gen. Throckmorton.

Wed., 26 July

0120:

Staff Discussion.

 

0150:

Press conference.

 

0210:

Meeting with Gov. Romney and Mayor Cavanagh.

 

0920:

Staff discussion.

 

0945:

Comm. Girardin submitted formal request for 1500 troops for relief of police.

Wed., 26 July

1325:

Gov. Romney requested release from Federal service of police on duty with National Guard units; he agreed to furnish names of individuals.

 

1440:

Gov. Romney requested that a representative designated by him be given current appreciation of situation at hourly intervals. This was done.

 

1500:

Tour of city.

 

1815:

Staff discussion

 

1830:

Col. Davids provided names of the 2 police on duty with NG who were then released from Federal service.

 

1850:

Press conference

 

2215:

Staff discussion

 

2330:

Met with Mayor Cavanagh to recommend meeting of community leaders on recovery problem

Thurs., 27 July

0035:

Tour of city

 

0200:

Staff discussion

 

0920:

Staff discussion of troop "phaseback" plan

 

1000:

Press announcement on removing ammunition from weapons and sheathing bayonets, lifting of curfew and gasoline restrictions.

 

1010:

Met with Gov. Romney and Mayor Cavanagh

 

1110:

Press conference

 

1345:

Meeting with Gov. Romney and Mayor Cavanagh

 

1610:

Community Leadership meeting in City-County Bldg.

 

1840:

Gov. Romney stated that reimposition of curfew would be announced at once.

 

2350:

Tour of city.

Fri., 28 July

0140:

Staff discussions

Fri., 28 July

0855:

Gov. Romney and Mayor Cavanagh met with Mr. Vance to discuss Federal Assistance in accordance with the President’s telegram of 27 July. Topics included food, medicine, safety, munitions, applicability of Federal funding programs and other matters of local or state scope and competence. Specific requirements to be identified and provided.

 

1158:

Joint press conference

 

1230:

Met with Gov. Romney, Mayor Cavanagh and state and local judicial and legal authorities to discuss problems associated with large numbers now in custody and awaiting disposition.

 

1445:

Gov. Romney advised his intent to continue curfew in effect until Sunday and to review the situation at that time. Will contact for discussion 0930 Sunday, 30 July.

 

1645:

Visited Mayor Cavanagh who requested 24 hour delay in further withdrawal of Regular troops (Precincts 5, 11, 12, 15)

 

2300:

Met with Rep. Conyers

Sat., 29 July

0100:

Tour of city.

 

0750:

Departed enroute to Washington

 

1005:

Washington

 

1100

Report to President

Meeting with Presidential Commission

Press Session

 

1720:

Returned to Pentagon; discussions with ASD Goulding, UnderSec. Army McGiffert

 

1830:

Departed Washington

 

2010:

Arrived Selfridge; met briefly with Mr. Christopher who was returning to Washington

 

2040:

Arrived in Detroit

 

2300

Staff Discussion, status reports, appraisal of situation.

Sun., 30 July

0936:

Gov. Rornney called and stated he proposed no change in curfew or liquor sales rules at this time. He also agreed to announcement that all Regular Army troops had now been

Sun., 30 July

0936:

withdrawn from the streets to Assembly areas at Fairgrounds and City Airport. Discussed future planning for withdrawal of TF Detroit elements to Selfridge AFB.

 

1015:

Press conference on posture of TF Detroit.

 

1030:

Attended church services with TF Detroit.

 

1445:

Mayor Cavanagh agreed to movement of 3 bns to Selfridge on Monday after rush hour.

 

1740:

Meeting with Mr. Phillips, Regional Director of SEA regarding requirements and plans to support SEA disaster area declaration.

 

2155:

Discussed further plans for withdrawal of Federal troops with Gen. Throckmorton. Tentative schedule agreed upon involved movement of three bns from Selfridge to Pt. Campbell, four bns from the City to Selfridge on Tuesday; movement of remaining four bns to Ft. Campbell and Pt. Bragg, and dc-Federalization of the National Guard on Wednesday.

Mon., 31 July

0915:

Received copy of message from Col. Davids, State Police Director, announcing curfew 2400-0530 Monday tight and resumption of liquor sales, except during curfew. Not previooooously coordinated with either Mr. Vance, Mayor Cavanagh, or Gen. Throckmorton.

 

0926:

Gov. Romney agreed to Federal troops withdrawal schedule which had been developed Sunday night. He stated that upon defederalization, National Guard troops would be placed under command of State Police Direct or. Reported curfew and liquor sales changes previously announced.

 

0935:

Press conference with Mr. Phillips to announce SBA plans for administration of its programs, and that 3 bns were being located to Selfridge AFB.

 

1000:

Mr. Cook and Mr. Branson, VISTA, called to discuss support plans and programs.

 

1045:

Mayor Cavanagh agreed to projected troop movements for Tuesday. Said he would discuss remainder of troop withdrawal plan later.

 

1138:

Discussion with Rep. Conyers concerning support plans and general situation.

Mon., 31 July

1200:

Telephone discussion with Rep. Nedzi concerning support plans and general situation.

 

1230

Lunch at Detroit Club with Mr. Hayden, Editor of Detroit News.

 

1440:

Discussion with Sen. Hart concernilng support plans and general situation.

 

1730:

Discussion with Rep. Diggs concerning support plans and general situation.

 

1900:

Dinner at Detroit Club eith Messrs. Cisler, George Brucker, Bixby, Fischer, and Keyes

 

2145:

Staff discussions.

Tues., 1 Aug

0915:

Press and radio report that curfew is ended.

 

0935:

Press conference to announce movement of 4 battalions from Selfridge AFB to Ft. Campbell, 3 battalions from Detroit to Selfridge AFB.

 

1030:

Mayor Cavanagh agreed to remainder of troop withdrawal achedule and to de-Federalization of the National Guard at 1200 on Wed., 2 Aug.

 

1100:

Meeting with Greater Detroit Board of Commerce

 

1515:

Tour through riot-damaged neighborhoods

 

2250:

Staff meeting

 

2400

Meeting with Congressman Conyers.

Wed., 2 Aug

0920:

Meeting with Governor Romney to discuss troop withdrawals

 

0935:

Press conference on withdrawal of the remainder of Federal troops, and de-Federalization of the National Guard

 

1200:

Command of the Michigan National Guard passed to State authorities.

 

1200:

Meeting with Mr. Kennedy, Dep. Dr. of VISTA; Mr. Babson, Chicago Office of VISTAS; and Mr. Henderson, Regional Director, VISTA, to discuss status of VISTA operations.

Wed., 2 Aug

1330:

Meeting with Mr. Moot, Div. - designate of SBA; Mr. Phillips, Mr. Turpin and Mr. Cowles to discuss SBA program status and expectations.

 

1415:

Meeting with Detroit Negro leadership to discuss the riot and riot-related problems.

 

1715:

Meeting with Mayor Cavanagh

 

1840:

Met Vice President Humphrey at City Airport and accompanied him to hotel for review of events and problems

 

2110:

Departed Detroit

 

2130:

Departed Selfridge AFB for Washington, D. C.

 

2310:

Arrived Washington, D. C.

Last Updated October 1, 2008