REMEMBERING JFK: Secret Service agent shares memories of the Kennedy assassination – Heritagewest – Heritage Newspapers

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The flew to Dallas that and a motorcade took them the city’s downtown en route to a engagement. Continued.

As the Lincoln limousine, the same one now housed in The Ford’s collection, made the off Houston onto Elm Street, who was standing on the running board of a car behind the Kennedys and Texas John Connally, knew was wrong.

“I heard an explosion my right shoulder,” he said night. “I ran to form a or barrier.”

Lee Harvey Oswald’s shot, which wounded and Connally, came while was running to the president’s car. He and felt the third, fatal

“It was so explosive,” he said. erupted onto Mrs. and myself.”

He slipped before he get a handhold on the trunk of the car. he was pulling himself up, Jacqueline crawled toward him.

Kennedy was trying to gather the from the president’s head,” said. “She didn’t know I was there.”

He got a leg over the seat and placed himself the couple and the shooter he’d be for his bravery a few days later. he finally saw the president, he knew the were grave.

“The eyes were fixed and I see through the hole in him and could there was no brain,” Hill “I gave a thumbs to the following car.”

The limousine 80 mph as it sped to Parkland Hospital, Kennedy soon was pronounced

Hill, an octogenarian, delivered his in a flat, matter-of-fact way throughout the It was a far cry from his 1975 interview Mike Wallace, during he broke down as he expressed he could not get to the Kennedys sooner.

Author Lisa McCubbin, who with Hill on three about the Kennedy assassination and and moderated Tuesday’s discussion, the former agent why he waited so to share his memories.

“It has been very to unload this information,” he “It’s historic and it should be

Hill’s 90-minute retelling of his in the White House included notable anecdotes, including:

It wasn’t until Hill his suit jacket over the head that Jacqueline allowed medical personnel to his body.

“We pleaded her,” Hill said, I realized what was wrong. She did not anyone to see the condition he was in. It was horrible.”

He was placed in contact with General Robert Kennedy at Parkland. The president’s brother to know what had happened, but hesitated.

“I did not want to him his brother was …,” Hill ‘I just said as bad as it can get.’ That’s how he found out his brother.”

• After the at Bethesda Naval Hospital, was asked to step in and view body. “They needed me to the wounds,” he said. “If Kennedy ever asked, could answer her questions.”

John F. Kennedy Jr.’s salute as his father’s … days later was several in the making. The president’s son was to accompany his to Arlington National Cemetery on 11, 1963, for a wreath-laying ceremony and Kennedy had asked Hill and agent to teach the boy how to return a

A Marine sergeant, gave the Kennedy a refresher in the proper minutes before the …

• The president had promised his son a celebration when he returned Dallas and, after the family greeted dignitaries at the House after Kennedy’s they adjourned upstairs to a small party for the 3-year-old Continued.

• Around 11 p.m. night, Jacqueline and Robert sent word they to return to Arlington to view the grave. Hill and another stood in the distance while the two at the site.

One of the most astonishing about Hill’s recollection of five days was left given his account, one wondered if or he found time to sleep Nov. 22 and 26.

McCubbin closed the by mentioning a poll that 71 percent of Americans believe was not the only man responsible for Kennedy’s

“There is no evidence to indicate was a conspiracy of any kind,” Hill with the same, plain “All three shots from the same location, by the same rifle by the same

Friday is the 50th anniversary of …. Admission to Henry Museum will be free.

Clint Hill wasn’t after the 1960 presidential

The young Secret Service who’d been on the detail President Dwight Eisenhower, after the election he and another drew the detail watching First Lady Jacqueline

“I wanted to be where the was,” Hill said.

He had no way of it, but he certainly would be.

Hill, who can be leaping onto the rear of John F. Kennedy’s limousine after he was shot in the final of the Zapruder film, shared his with a sold-out audience night at Henry Ford

At first, Hill didn’t he’d be going on the fateful to Texas. Jacqueline Kennedy was early in Kennedy’s term paced the hallway when F. Kennedy Jr. was born and didn’t often during campaign This time, however, she interest in helping her husband re-election.

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The trip began in San Antonio, moved to Houston and, on the eve of the spent the night in Fort

The Kennedys flew to Dallas morning and a motorcade took through the city’s downtown en to a speaking engagement.

As the Lincoln limousine, the same one now housed in The Ford’s collection, made the off Houston onto Elm Street, who was standing on the running board of a car behind the Kennedys and Texas John Connally, knew was wrong.

“I heard an over my right shoulder,” he Tuesday night. “I ran to a shield or barrier.”

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Lee Harvey second shot, which Kennedy and Connally, came Hill was running to the president’s He heard and felt the third, shot.

“It was so explosive,” he “It erupted onto Kennedy and myself.”

He slipped he could get a handhold on the trunk of the While he was pulling himself up, Kennedy crawled toward

“Mrs. Kennedy was trying to the material from the president’s Hill said. “She even know I was there.”

He got a leg the rear seat and placed between the couple and the shooter be honored for his bravery a few days When he finally saw the president, he the wounds were grave.

president’s eyes were and I could see through the hole in him and tell there was no brain,” said. “I gave a down to the following car.”

The limousine reached 80 mph as it sped to Hospital, where Kennedy was pronounced ….

Hill, an delivered his remarks in a flat, way throughout the evening. It was a far cry from his interview with Mike during which he broke as he expressed regret he could not get to the sooner.

Author Lisa who worked with Hill on books about the Kennedy and presidency and moderated Tuesday’s asked the former agent why he so long to share his memories.

has been very cathartic to this information,” he replied. historic and it should be documented.”

90-minute retelling of his years in the House included several anecdotes, including:

• It until Hill placed his jacket over the president’s that Jacqueline Kennedy medical personnel to move his

“We pleaded with Hill said, “then I what was wrong. She did not want to see the condition he was in. It was horrible.”

• He was in contact with Attorney Robert Kennedy while at The president’s brother wanted to what had happened, but Hill

“I did not want to tell him his was …,” Hill said. just said “It’s as bad as it can That’s how he found out about his

• After the autopsy at Naval Hospital, Hill was to step in and view Kennedy’s “They needed me to observe the he said. “If Mrs. ever asked, someone answer her questions.”

• John F. Kennedy famous salute as his father’s passed days later was weeks in the making. The president’s son was to his father to Arlington National on Nov. 11, 1963, for a wreath-laying and Jacqueline Kennedy had asked and another agent to teach the boy how to a salute.

A Marine sergeant, the younger Kennedy a refresher in the technique minutes before the procession.

• The president had his son a birthday celebration when he from Dallas and, the Kennedy family greeted at the White House after …, they adjourned to throw a small party for the boy.

• Around 11 that night, Jacqueline and Kennedy sent word wished to return to Arlington to the president’s grave. Hill and agent stood in the distance the two prayed at the site.

One of the most things about Hill’s of those five days was unsaid given his account, one if or when he found time to between Nov. 22 and 26.

McCubbin the discussion by mentioning a poll found 71 percent of Americans Oswald was not the only man responsible for ….

“There is no evidence to there was a conspiracy of any kind,” said with the same, delivery. “All three came from the same fired by the same rifle by the individual.”

Friday is the 50th of Kennedy’s …. Admission to Ford Museum will be

Contact Scott Held at or sheld@heritage.com. Follow him on Facebook and on Twitter.

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