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FBA829

0 240616Z NOV 78
FM JCS [Joint Chiefs of Staff] WASHINGTON DC//J3//
TO [Listing of 33 American military commands and federal agencies appear on pdf]

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CONFIDENTIAL 3496

SUBJECT: JCS Sitrep [Situation Report] 004/240430ZNov 78

1. (C) Situation:

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A. To date, the Government of Guyana now holds the 78 survivors of the Jonestown incident. It is expected that the first group (approx 24 individuals) will be released to US officials on 24 November and will comprise those considered quote non-problem unquote and some very elderly. The remaining survivors continue to be under investigation.

B. The situuation [situation] in Jonestown remainss [remains] calm with the evacuation of the bodies progressing. No further attempts are being made to identify bodies in Guyana. JTF [Joint Task Force] Commander estimates all 405 bodies wiill [will] be evacuated by 24 Nov 78.

C. Inspection of Jonestown revealed that facilities had only 600 single beds, thus earlier estimates of 1000 or more rresidents [residents] are probably exaggerated.

2. (C) Friendly operations:

A.   Arrived Dover AFB Bodies  
C-141 231100Z Nov 78 40
C-141 2401050Z Nov 78 81
(Rev Jim Jones)
B.   Departed Georgetown ETA Dover Bodies
C-141 232225Z Nov 78 240445Z 81
C-141 240045Z Nov 78 240700Z 68

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C. As of 231600Z Nov 78, a total of 279 US military personnel are in Guyana. Approximately 75 are in the forward area.

D. JCS 231405Z Nov 78 amended JCS 210221Z Noov [Nov] 78 (execute order) stating that US military aircraft would be used to evacuate Jonestown survivors from Georgetown to Charleston AFB, South Carolina. Reps from HEW and FBI will assume responsibility for processing survivors at CONUS [continental US] destination. After preliminary processing is completed, all survivors will be immediately removed from USAF property.

E. Justice Department US Marshals Service Special Operations Group personnel will be employed to provide additional security on flights returning survivors.

F. Airlift deployment summary: (as of 240430Z)

To Guyana From Guyana
C-1441 [C-141] C-130 C-141 C-130
Scheduled 19 6 6 [-0-]
To Guyana From Guyana
C-141 C-130 C-141 C-130
Completed 19 6 2 [-0-]
Remaining 0 0 4 [-0-]
En Route 0 0 2 [-0-]

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G. Status of Remains: (as of 240430Z)

Guyana 135
Dover AFB 121
Enroute 149
Total 405

3. (U) General Information: Department of State will make the announcement concerning the return of survivors via US military aircraft. Military spokesman will not acknowledge until after thhe [the] State announcement. All queries following State announcement will be referred to Department of State. GDS 84

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Originally posted on December 4th, 2018.

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