TO: SIC Jeffrey Morton, Salt Lake City, Utah.
FROM: Clyde Tolson on behalf of J. Edgar Hoover, Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation.
DATE: 17 January 1953.
RE: Request for information.
Jack ZELIG may be identical with Zelig JACQUES.
INS reports that the latter entered the United States from British Mandate Palestine on a student visa on 1 August 1939 to study at the New School for Social Research in New York City. He registered for classes, but then disappeared.
SSA reports that a “Jack Zelig” was employed as an Assistant Manager of “The Golden Arm” lounge in Newport, Kentucky from January 1943 to March 1946. Newport PD reports that the lounge is a popular bar and restaurant with excellent floor shows. Kentucky SP report that the lounge is a front for large-scale gambling and prostitution, and that the Newport PD is “as crooked as a dog’s hind leg.”
Kentucky SP further report their interest in a traffic incident that occurred near Newport in February 1946. An automobile was discovered at the bottom of a steep bank, partially submerged in the Licking River. Two men inside had died of injuries attending the accident. Both men were “Italian gentlemen” from New Orleans. A technician discovered black paint mixed in with the green paint on the left side of the wrecked car.
War Department reports that twenty-one men with some variant of that name served in the Army between 1940 and 1950.
Bureau examination of their service records found one Jack Zelig of particular interest. Born: New York City, 1 August 1914. Enlisted, March 1946, at St. Louis, Missouri. After basic training, this Zelig was assigned to the Transportation Corps, where he trained as a truck-driver. His commander discovered that he already spoke some Russian, so he was sent to the Army Language School, The Presidio, San Francisco. Worked as a translator and radio observer in the listening post maintained at Fort Rousseau, Sitka, Alaska Territory. He received a compassionate discharge upon the death of his father in March 1950.
Kentucky SP further report that the truck plate number belongs to a moving van based in Lexington, Kentucky. Stolen sometime in late December 1952, but not reported until 2 January 1953 because it was replaced with a similar-appearing plate. The replacement plate, in turn, was stolen off a garbage truck in Covington, Kentucky. Replaced by a Handicapped Driver plate stolen off a Nash Metropolitan, but no one noticed.
No further information at this time.