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Paul Fay, Jr. (Friday FOIA Fun)

When Paul Burgess Bernard Fay, Jr. – known as “Red” to his friends, which included several members of the Kennedy family – was appointed as Undersecretary of the Navy by President John F. Kennedy in 1961, not many people outside of the California social scene had ever heard of Fay before. The extroverted and entertaining son of a reasonably successful construction magnate, Fay’s only experience with government service had been five years in the Navy during and immediately after WWII, during which he captained a PT boat, earned a Bronze Star, and befriended a fellow captain named Kennedy. Nonetheless, he became Undersecretary of the Navy in January 1961, and served in that capacity through 1965; he also served as Acting Secretary of the Navy for a few weeks in November 1963.

He wrote a memoir about his twenty-year friendship with JFK in 1966, called The Pleasure of His Company, and that was pretty much the last thing anyone ever heard about him, until his death in September 2009.

When he passed away, I made a Freedom of Information Act request to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, suspecting that they had performed an investigation of Fay in 1961.

This month, I was proved correct when I received a bit over a hundred pages of documents from that investigation…
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