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Re: Donald Nichols and the 6006th
In a message dated 12/18/2001 12:22:43 PM Pacific Standard Time, firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
Besides Nichol's broad summaries of some of his activities in Korea, are there any other reference materials out there that can support his stories?
In writing the Nichols story for my two books I researched classified and unclassified archives at the USAF Historical Research Agency (Maxwell AFB FL), DOD and CIA archives, and interviewed the small number of people I could locate that knew Nichols personally. While many specific personal details are impossible to corroborate, there is a substantial body of data to support most of Nichols' claims about himself and his wartime organization(Special Activities Unit #1, then Det 2, 6004 AISS).
His son died in a freak boat accident many years ago. His former daugher-in-law survives, but made it very clear to me during my one telephone conversation with her, that she wanted nothing to do with any mention of Nichols' name; she despised the man and apparently still does. She told me that following his death she burned every thing of his then in her possession.
Col. Mike Haas, USAF, ret., author
Apollo's Warriors: US Air Force Special Operations during the Cold War
In the Devil's Shadow: UN Special Operations during the Korean War