In the fictional movie from 2004, Team America, activist Michael Moore wants to tear down the statues, including Mount Rushmore. President Trump is scheduled to be present today for a Fourth of July celebration at the historic site. There is a secret room at Mount Rushmore.
Let us hope that Mount Rushmore does not disappear. This blog entry is about a different Rushmore who disappeared. On July 9, 1955 The Rocky Mount (North Carolina) Evening Telegram carried an Associated Press report on how Howard Rushmore, editor of Confidential magazine, had gone missing. “Police said Rushmore came to Chicago to work on a story in connection with the death of James Forrestal, the former secretary of the Navy and Defense Departments.” 
The previous day, July 8, 1955, Rushmore had appeared on The Tom Duggan Show in Chicago. He claimed on air that he was on a secret mission to uncover the communist assassins of former Secretary of Defense James Forrestal. 
On May 22, 1949, the body of the man generally regarded as the leading government official warning of the communist menace abroad and within the United States government, James V. Forrestal, was found on a third floor roof 13 floors below a 16th-floor window of the Bethesda Naval Hospital. The last edition of the May 22 New York Times reported the death as a suicide, although the belt, or sash, of Forrestal’s dressing gown was tied tightly around his neck, a suspicious happenstance. 
And there it rested (uncertainty about Forrestal’s death) until one “D.C. Dave” (David Martin) uncovered new information recently through a Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) request. Documents from the Navy’s official investigation of the death of America’s first Secretary of Defense which had been kept secret for 55 years were released at last to Martin. Building upon this and other leads, Martin wrote a book, The Assassination of James Forrestal, recently published.
As for the disappeared Howard Rushmore, as the nation speculated that Rushmore was either kidnapped or murdered by communists, he was discovered hiding under the name “H. Roberts” at the Hotel Finlen in Butte, Montana. 
——- Sources ——-
 “Magazine Editor Reported Missing”, Associated Press. Published in The Rocky Mount (North Carolina) Evening Telegram, July 9, 1955.
 “Howard Rushmore”, Wikipedia. Accessed July 2, 2020. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Howard_Rushmore
 “Who Killed James Forrestal?”, by “D.C. Dave” (David Martin). http://www.dcdave.com/article4/021110.html