- THE MEN WHO KILLED DELTA GREEN
- Setting Information for
Call of Cthulhu/Delta Green
From: "The Man in Black"
Date: Saturday, December 20th , 2003
- "The Vietnam War is the foggiest
in my own personal experience. Moreover, it is the first war
I know of wherein the fog of war is thicker away from the scene
of conflict than on the battlefield..."
- - General Earle Gilmore Wheeler, US
Army, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff 1964-1970.
- January 24, 1970: DELTA GREEN clearance and
classification is officially deactivated by the Joint Chiefs
of Staff. It is suspected that the Chairman
at the time, General Earle G. Wheeler, terminated Delta Green
in order to avoid a congressional inquiry into covert defense
department activities. Possible suspects for congressional pressure
include members of the select committees for intelligence, the
armed services committee, house and senate committees on international
relations or even the ethics committee.
- It is unknown which Representatives or Senators
may have begun tentative
inquiries into Delta Green. However, seven years later, the Senate
Committee on Intelligence (under Senator Daniel K. Inouye, D-Hawaii)
did hold hearings on the MK ULTRA experiments. This was undoubtedly
due to CIA Director William Colby's release of the "Family
Jewels" document, which revealed all manner of CIA impropriety,
such as Operation CHAOS, an effort to spy on anti-war protests
in order to uncover communist subversion.
- The JCS is a formal body consisting of six
of the highest ranking officers in the United States: the chairman,
the vice chairman, the chief of staff of the army, the chief
of naval operations, the chief of staff of the air force, and
the commandant of the marine corps. The Vice-Chairman position
did not exist until 1986. The Chairman's position has traditionally
been to serve as an intermediary between the Joint Chiefs and
the Commander in Chief (the President of the United States).
Some Chairmen attempt to build (or force) consensus on the JCS,
while others prefer to let disputes and disagreements be mediated
by the Secretary of Defense.
- General Earle G.Wheeler, US Army, was Chairman
of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 3 Jul 1964 until 2 Jul 1970,
when he retired from active duty. Prior to his appointment as
Chairman, he was the Chief of Staff of the Army from 1 Oct 1962
until 2 Jul 1964. Wheeler replaced his old boss, General Maxwell
Taylor, who had been somewhat of a "Yes Man" to the
Kennedy Administration and the powerful Secretary of Defense,
Robert McNamara. After Kennedy's assassination Taylor was replaced
within a year, and Wheeler, who had never had much contact with
the new President, quickly became part of Lyndon Johnson's Texas-styled
"Old Boy Network." Later on, Wheeler served under Nixon
until his retirement. His tenure of six years was the longest
of any Chairman. Regulations later restricted Chairmen to a two
year term with limited reappointments except in time of war.
- General William C. Westmoreland was chief
of staff of the United States Army
from 3 July 1968 until 30 June 1972. Prior to holding the reins
of the Army, he was United States Military Assistance Command,
Vietnam, and United States Army, Vietnam, at the peak of the
Vietnam War (1964-1968). Westmoreland's role in Vietnam was taken
over by his deputy commander, General Creighton W. Abrams. General
Abrams continued to follow in Westmoreland's footsteps when
he became Chief of Staff of the Army on October 12, 1972. Abrams
undoubtedly coordinated efforts with Admiral Zumwalt (see below).
Abrams died in September 1974 as a result of lung cancer.
- Delta Green had long had roots in the United
States Navy, and the Chief of Naval Operations from 01 Aug. 1967
until 01 July 1970 was Admiral Thomas H. Moorer. It is unknown
what knowledge Admiral Moorer may have had concerning Delta Green.
Whatever his Delta Green clearance, Moorer went on to succeed
General Wheeler as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs. His tenure as
Chairman was marked with indepenent action pre-empting the other
Joint Chiefs. This seeming rashness was explained by Moorer as
the only practical way to manage a crisis in real time, such
as the Arab-Israeli Six Day War during which the USS Liberty
signals intelligence ship was sunk by the Israeli military. Admiral
Moorer retired a scant five weeks before President Nixon's forced
- Relieving Moorer as Chief of Naval Operations
was Admiral Elmo Russell Zumwalt, Jr., whose previous duty was
Commander of U. S. Naval Forces, Vietnam and Chief of the Naval
Advisory Group, U. S. Military Assistance Command, Vietnam, from
1 October 1968 to 15 May 1970. Zumwalt was a scientifically trained
officer and popularized the office of CNO with a series of quirky
policy directives known as Z-Grams that have since endured to
become part of Naval Tradition.
- General Leonard Fielding Chapman, Jr., USMC
was the 24th Commandant of the
United States Marine Corps. His term of office extended from
1 January 1968 until 31 December 1971. General Chapman retired
January 1, 1972 and served as U.S. Commissioner of Immigration
and Naturalization from 1973 until 1976. It is unknown whether
or not he used his position to formulate policy blocking or assisting
Tcho-Tcho immigration. General Chapman died January 7, 2000 at
age 86 from complications resulting from cancer. He was buried
at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors on January
- Gen. John Dale Ryan was chief of staff of
the USAF from Aug.1, 1969 until July 31, 1973. A football player
during his academy days, he was a modest man, a WW2 bomber pilot
and flight instructor. He also participated in Operation CROSSROADS,
the atomic bombing of Bikini Atoll. He had previously served
as Inspector General of the Air Force and Vice-Chief of the USAF.
In either of these roles, he may have been granted MAJIC clearance.
- From their E-Ring offices in the five-sided
wedges of the Pentagon, these men saw fit, for reasons that to
this day remain unknown aside from rampant speculation, to end
the long commitment of the United States to combat the very clear
and very present supernatural threat to all humanity. Their decision
may have driven by distasteful political necessity, or it may
have been orchestrated by some sinister conjuction of dire forces.
Nevertheless, forty shadowy figures soon met to continue the
desperate struggle against human extinction in which the Joint
Chiefs had sought to capitulate. Delta Green lives on in an underground
existence, while many of the men who buried it have since themselves
been buried by the crushing onslaught of time.