In March 1958 the FBI reported a homosexual outbreak at Fort Devens, Massachusetts according to a general survey of crime conditions across the United States. Fort Devens was a permanent installation in nearby Ayers with fifteen thousand Army soldiers, and military officials had "secured evidence of homosexual activities by 21 soldiers":
Some of these activities have been with civilians off post. [Redacted] Provost Marshal of Fort Devens, has stated that on numerous occasions the contacts with civilian homosexuals have been made at the Chatterbox, a tavern located in the town of Ayer approximately one mile from Fort Devens. There is no information to show that any illegal activity ever took place within this tavern.
The Army took "appropriate disciplinary action . . . in all cases," and "information relating to these contacts as known to the Army is being made available to the Chief of Police and the Town Selectmen, who are responsible for the issuance of liquor licenses in Ayer."
A follow-up November 1958 FBI report provides that this homosexual problem has been eliminated:
The Chatterbox at Ayer, Massachusetts, adjacent to Fort Devens, Massachusetts, was reported in the past to be a meeting spot for homosexuals, both civilian and military. Vigorous policing by both the Ayer police and the Military police has eliminated this problem in the past three months.
However, the FBI would remain vigilant, and stated that "Fort Devens, Massachusetts, continues to be the scene of regular investigative activity of this investigative agency" with "regular and willing cooperation . . . from the Provost Marshal and the men in his command."
Keeping the country safe from homos and commies.