Ernest Medina

Emma North-Best filed this request with the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States of America.
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Due June 15, 2018
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From: Emma North-Best

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

Records relating to or mentioning to Ernest Lou Medina (August 27, 1936 – May 8, 2018), who was a former captain of infantry in the United States Army. He served during the Vietnam War. He was the commanding officer of Company C, 1st Battalion, 20th Infantry of the 11th Brigade, Americal Division, the unit responsible for the My Lai Massacre of 16 March 1968. He was court martialed in 1971 for his role in that war crime, but acquitted the same year.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.


Emma Best

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From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

There are eFOIA files available for you to download.

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From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

Dear Ms. Best,

I am writing in response to your Freedom of Information Act request of July
20, 2018 for records in the custody of the National Archives and Records
Administration. Your request was received in this office on August 6 and
assigned FOIA case number RD 57974.

You requested access to FBI case file number 61-HQ-6341, identified by the
FBI as potentially responsive to your request for records relating to
Ernest Lou Medina. My initial assessment indicates that Soviet / Russian
Propaganda is in fact the subject of this file. The file has an estimated
2,400 pages, compiled as part of a treason investigation conducted between
October 1927 and March 1981.

While FBI case file number 61-HQ-634 is not *about *Medina, I was able to
find reference to him in a clipped newspaper article located in Subsection
A of the file. Subsection A is where the FBI typically filed newspaper
clippings, magazine articles, press releases, and similar materials. For
your convenience, I am including a courtesy copy of this article as an
attachment to this message. I also searched documents dating from 1968 to
1971 in the main body of file FBI case number 61-HQ-6341 but was unable to
locate any additional references to Medina.

Additionally, I searched all of our available FBI indexes for a main file
with Medina as the subject. I searched "Ernest Medina," "Ernest L. Medina,
"Ernest Lou Medina," "Lou Medina," with no result. I also searched the same
terms with the given and surnames reversed (i.e., "Medina, Ernest L.")
again to no result.

Regardless, I was able to locate a few additional references to Medina
among the holdings of the National Archives. Here are the associated links
in the NARA catalog:

RG 111: Records of the Office of the Chief Signal Officer, Motion Picture
Films from the Army Library Copy Collection, News Conference - Captain
Medina, 12/4/1969

RG 319: Records of the Army Staff, Records Relating to the My Lai Massacre,
Administrative Review - Captain Ernest L. Medina

RG 338: Records of U.S. Army Operational, Tactical, and Support
Organizations (World War II and Thereafter), Records of Investigations of
Accused My Lai Massacre Participants

This concludes the processing of your request. If you have questions
concerning my review, please contact me directly at or 301-837-2958.

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Acting FOIA Public Liaison: Britney Crawford

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College Park, MD 20740-6001

Telephone: 301-837-3270


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*Chris Abraham*
Special Access and FOIA Branch (RD-F)

From: Emma North-Best


Thanks so much for your help with this request! I really appreciate it.

Emma Best



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