Vince Palamara- author of "Survivor's Guilt" and "JFK: From Parkland to Bethesda"

Vince Palamara- author of "Survivor's Guilt" and "JFK: From Parkland to Bethesda"
Vince Palamara- author of "Survivor's Guilt" and "JFK: From Parkland to Bethesda"

Vince Palamara: author of two books

Vince Palamara: author of two books
Vince Palamara- author of two books


“The Kennedy Detail” repeats constantly an alleged Kennedy quote about "Ivy League charlatans" that the author tries to convince (brainwash?) the reader into taking what was simply an off-hand quote/joke by JFK and turn it into a proclamation of strict procedure protocol-an astute comment from a reader



President Kennedy's Secret Service White House Detail +

President Kennedy's Secret Service White House Detail +
President Kennedy's Secret Service White House Detail + various other important/ temp/ PRS agents, as compiled from the massive collection of the leading authority on the Secret Service, especially during the JFK era: Vince Palamara

Secret Service JFK

Secret Service JFK
Various JFK era agents

Secret Service JFK

Secret Service, JFK, President Kennedy, James Rowley, Gerald Behn, Floyd Boring, Roy Kellerman, John Campion, William Greer, Forest Sorrels, Clint Hill, Winston Lawson, Emory Roberts, Sam Kinney, Paul Landis, John "Jack" Ready, William "Tim" McIntyre, Glenn Bennett, George Hickey, Rufus Youngblood, Warren "Woody" Taylor, Jerry Kivett, Lem Johns, John "Muggsy" O'Leary, Sam Sulliman, Ernest Olsson, Robert Steuart, Richard Johnsen, Stewart "Stu" Stout, Roger Warner, Henry "Hank" Rybka, Donald Lawton, Dennis Halterman, Walt Coughlin, Andy Berger, Ron Pontius, Bert de Freese, Jim Goodenough, Bill Duncan, Ned Hall II, Mike Howard, Art Godfrey, Gerald Blaine, Ken Giannoules, Paul Burns, Gerald O'Rourke, Robert Faison, David Grant, John Joe Howlett, Bill Payne, Robert Burke, Frank Yeager, Donald Bendickson, Gerald Bechtle, Howard Norton, Hamilton Brown, Toby Chandler, Chuck Zboril, Joe Paolella, Wade Rodham, Bob Foster, Lynn Meredith, Rad Jones, Thomas Wells, Charlie Kunkel, Stu Knight, Paul Rundle, Glen Weaver, Arnie Lau, Forrest Guthrie, Eve Dempsher, Bob Lilley, Ken Wiesman, Mike Mastrovito, Tony Sherman, Larry Newman, Morgan Gies, Tom Shipman, Ed Tucker, Harvey Henderson, Abe Bolden, Robert Kollar, Ed Mougin, Mac Sweazey, Horace "Harry" Gibbs, Tom Behl, Jim Cantrell, Bill Straughn, Tom Fridley, Mike Kelly, Joe Noonan, Gayle Dobish, Earl Moore, Arthur Blake, John Lardner, Milt Wilhite, Bill Skiles, Louis Mayo, Thomas Wooge, Milt Scheuerman, Talmadge Bailey, Bob Lapham, Bob Newbrand, Bernie Mullady, Jerry Dolan, Vince Mroz, William Bacherman, Howard Anderson, U.E. Baughman, Walt Blaschak, Robert Bouck, George Chaney, William Davis, Paul Doster, Dick Flohr, Jack Fox, John Giuffre, Jim Griffith, Jack Holtzhauer, Andy Hutch, Jim Jeffries, John Paul Jones, Kent Jordan, Dale Keaner, Brooks Keller, Thomas Kelley, Clarence Knetsch, Jackson Krill, Elmer Lawrence, Bill Livingood, J. Leroy Lewis, Dick Metzinger, Jerry McCann, John McCarthy, Ed Morey, Chester Miller, Roy "Gene" Nunn, Jack Parker, Paul Paterni, Burrill Peterson, Max Phillips, Walter Pine, Michael Shannon, Frank Stoner, Cecil Taylor, Charles Taylor, Bob Taylor, Elliot Thacker, Ken Thompson, Mike Torina, Jack Walsh, Jack Warner, Thomas White, Ed Wildy, Carroll Winslow, Dale Wunderlich, Walter Young, Winston Gintz, Bill Carter, C. Douglas Dillon, James Johnson, Larry Hess, Frank Farnsworth, Jim Giovanneti,Bob Gaugh,Don Brett, Jack Gleason, Bob Jamison, Gary Seale, Bill Sherlock, Bob Till, Doc Walters...

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Monday, July 6, 2015

Chuck Zboril comes to Blaine's rescue again

Chuck Zboril comes to Blaine's rescue again

It has completely unraveled for Blaine and company; the jig is up. The whole world knows that neither President Kennedy nor his staff ever asked or told the agents to remove themselves from protective positions on the limousine (thanks to my book and research), yet, in a recent article, Zboril does damage control (if nothing else, Zboril is a good friend, similar to the way A.C. Cowlings stood up for O.J. Simpson):




MORE proof Clint Hill is a liar- I knew they never spoke to Lawton in 2010. There was no way he was going to say that "I-am-going-to-lunch" b.s. story after what he told me in 1995, let alone what he confided to this woman. This Idaho article literally sank without a trace- no likes, comments, and no one I know knew about it (including me until minutes ago), yet it has been on the net since the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination:

Pocatellan who knew someone close to JFK case believes Oswald likely didn’t act alone


Jacquee Alvord

Posted: Sunday, November 24, 2013 4:42 am
    POCATELLO — Former Marine officer Jacquee Alvord is convinced the theory that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in the assassination of President Kennedy 50 years ago is false. Her skepticism is born from intimate knowledge about the military and CIA and the fact a good friend of hers was a Secret Service agent in Dallas that fateful day.     His name was Donald Lawton and his job with the Secret Service was how they met.

     Then 2nd Lt. Alvord, who now lives in Pocatello, was working at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego in June 1963 as one of the key people in charge of records. Lawton was among a group of Secret Service agents who had come to San Diego as a lead security team preparing for John Kennedy’s visit to the Depot.

    During the week prior to the president’s arrival on June 6, 1963, Alvord and Lawton became close and developed a solid friendship.
    “He was one of those people you liked immediately,” Alvord said about Lawton.
    The fact that Lawton had served in the Marine Corps helped strengthen the bond. The Secret Service agent had also been a police officer in Washington, D.C. for several years before entering the Secret Service.
    He had stories to share about President Kennedy. Lawton had been with the Secret Service detail when Kennedy visited Ireland and he had spent several hours one evening walking alone with the president on a beach at the Kennedy compound in Hyannis Port, Mass.
    “Don had a personal like for the man,” Alvord said. “He said Kennedy had a great personality and was easy to talk to.”
    The president’s visit to the Marine base at San Diego went off without a hitch and Alvord continued her friendship with Lawton after he left. They talked on the phone frequently.
    A few days before Kennedy’s Nov. 22 visit to Dallas, she talked to Lawton about his duties in Florida where the president had just visited. Lawton talked about how he had ridden on the rear platform of the presidential limousine just behind the president. It was a job requiring balance and concentration that Lawton had perfected [note: Lawton also rode on the rear of the limo 3/23/63 in Chicago].
    “He told me he was going to Texas next,” Alvord said.
    She was at work Friday morning at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot when someone listening to the radio broke the news, “Kennedy had been shot.”
    “Everything just stopped,” Alvord said. “We just watched television.”
    But Alvord was also worried about her friend in Dallas.
    “I knew he was there,” Alvord said. She tried calling Lawton that night, but was unsuccessful. It wasn’t until Saturday night that he called her.
    “I was really upset and asked him where he was,” Alvord recalled. “He said his job had been to secure the airport in Dallas and that he had not been with the motorcade.”
    After the shooting, Lawton and other agents swept the airport and secured Air Force One and Air Force Two. Fear gripped everyone because the president and Vice President Lyndon Johnson were in the same city and now the president was dead. Lawton said getting everyone out of Dallas was a top priority and it went well.
    “I asked him if he was OK and he said, ‘No,’” Alvord said. “He said, ‘I should have been there.’”
    It wasn’t until February of 1964 that Alvord was able to meet Lawton again in person. She said he was nervous because he was going to be interviewed by lawyers with the Warren Commission. The commission was a group of government officials, led by Chief Justice Earl Warren, charged with investigating the Kennedy assassination. There was some concern that Secret Service agents had been out drinking late the night before the fatal shooting and might not have been completely fit to protect the president [Note: Lawton was one of the nine agents who drank the night before, along with CLINT HILL, Jack Ready, Paul Landis, Glen Bennett, David Grant (CLINT HILL'S BROTHER IN LAW), Andy Berger, Ernie Olsson, and Richard Johnsen] .
    But Alvord said something else was bothering Lawton and he wouldn’t talk about it.
    “I knew he felt guilt,” Alvord said. “That’s why he kept saying, ‘I should have been there.’”
    It wasn’t until later that Alvord realized the significance of Lawton’s statements. She watched the documentary film “Four Days in November” and saw Lawton at Love Field in Dallas as the president’s motorcade was preparing to depart. He was running alongside the rear of the car with his hand behind the president. It was a position he had mastered before jumping aboard the platform at the rear of the limousine. It was something Lawton had done in Florida and Chicago during presidential parades earlier in 1963.
    Suddenly, someone pulled Lawton away from the car. The motorcade proceeded without him or any agent manning the rear platform on the president’s limousine. To this day, it’s a mystery to Alvord and others why there were no Secret Service agents on the back of that limo.
    “If Don had been standing there, he would have been killed or prevented it,” Alvord said. “That’s why he kept saying, ‘I should have been there.’”
    Alvord said her disbelief in the idea that Oswald acted alone in the killing of the president also stems from her knowledge of how much influence the CIA exercised at the time. She saw it from the inside where she watched Al Gray move up the ranks and knew he was the Marine Corps liaison for the CIA before he became Commandant of the Marine Corps. She also remembered a social gathering of Secret Service agents where E. Howard Hunt of Watergate fame was part of the group. Hunt had been stationed in Cuba and Mexico, and had been involved in the botched Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba by anti-Fidel Castro forces in 1961. Oswald had visited Mexico and attempted to visit Cuba.
    “It was interesting,” Alvord said about that social gathering at a hotel bar in Palm Desert, Calif.
    Alvord also finds it odd how quickly detailed information about Oswald’s background was released to the media just hours after the assassination.
    Her take on that fateful day in 1963 is simple: “There were so many things that made no sense.”
My 1995 interview with Lawton:

Agent Don Lawton, who rode on the rear of JFK's limo in Tampa 11/18/63 (and in Chicago earlier in the year 3/23/63), states that the agents had "regrets" and "remorse", adding further: "Who knows-IF THEY HAD LEFT GUYS ON THE BACK OF THE can hindsight yourself to death", thus debunking "The Kennedy Detail"...the "they"=the agents themselves!

Donald J. Lawton: When I told Lawton what fellow agent Kinney told me, that JFK never ordered the agents off the rear of the limousine, he said "It's the way Sam said, yes". (Meaning he agrees with Kinney, it happened the way Kinney said.)
Asked to explain how he dismounted the rear of the limousine in Tampa, he said, " I didn't hear the President say it, no. The word was relayed to us- you know, 'come back to the follow-up car'".
According to Lawton, JFK was "very personable...very warm".
Asked about the tragedy in Dallas, Lawton said, "everyone felt bad. It was our job to protect the President. You still have regrets, remorse. Who knows, IF THEY HAD LEFT GUYS ON THE BACK OF THE can hindsight yourself to death" (emphasis added).
And, from his letter to the author dated 11/22/97: "Since I am currently employed by the Secret Service I do not believe it appropriate that I comment on former or current protectees of the Service. If you spoke with Bob Lilley as you stated then you can take whatever information he passed on to you as gospel-
Robert E. Lilley, WHD: "Oh, I'm sure he [JFK] didn't [order the agents off the limo]. He was very cooperative with us once he became President. He was extremely cooperative. Basically, 'whatever you guys want is the way it will be'."
Lilley also refuted the Manchester account, adding that on a trip with JFK in Caracas, Venezuela, he and "Roy Kellerman rode on the back of the limousine all the way to the Presidential palace" at speeds reaching "50 miles per hour" (with the bubble-top on [which Lilley believed "might deflect a bullet."])

08 to :10 second mark- film of (first ) SA Don Lawton and (second), close behind, SA Henry Rybka, walking beside the limo!


Sunday, July 5, 2015

In the Eye of History: Disclosures in the JFK Assassination Medical Evidence by William Law (2015)

In the Eye of History: Disclosures in the JFK Assassination Medical Evidence by William Law (2015)

Essentially another major NEW book coming out this Fall along with mine (comes with a DVD, and is greatly expanded and updated. If you have the original edition you will WANT this one instead or in addition to it):


Friday, July 3, 2015

Behind the Shades: A Female Secret Service Agent's True Story by Sue Ann Baker

The first women special agents, transferred from Nixon's old Executive Protection Service (later known as the Uniformed Division) of the Secret Service were hired 12/15/71: University of Wisconsin and Milwaukee native Holly Hufschmidt [a nurse in Vietnam, later infiltrated John Kerry's group VVAW]], Beloit College graduate Laurie Anderson from Jersey City, NJ, University of Maryland graduate Phyllis Schantz of Rome, NY [the very first woman Secret Service officer, sworn in 9/15/70], Salt Lake City Utah's Kathryn Clark (originally from Colorado), and present author and Ohio University graduate Sue Baker of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, who spent two weeks at a Summer camp in 1971 with JFK's daughter Caroline. Former Kennedy Detail agent Jack Warner told the press on 11/25/71 that the women were "very talented and kinda cute". Former agent Joe Petro has a photo of Hufschmidt in his fine book, the 1990 AFAUSSS book talks briefly about the five women pioneers, the excellent book about agent Charlie Gittens ("Out From The Shadow") has a fair amount of useful background on these trail blazers and even my own book duly mentions their achievement in a footnote, but I digress.

"Behind The Shades" is an excellently written book that is fascinating and informative. No Secret Service historian or history buff should miss this fine volume. 5 stars!

Vince Palamara
Author of Survivor's Guilt: The Secret Service and the Failure to Protect President Kennedy

The first women special agents of the Secret Service were hired 12/15/71: (left to right) Holly Hufschmidt [a nurse in Vietnam, later infiltrated John Kerry's group VVAW]], Laurie Anderson, Phyllis Schantz [first woman Secret Service officer, sworn in 9/15/70],(Director Rowley), Sue Baker [author of a new book now], and Kathryn Clark

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Was FORT MYER a possible place for JFK autopsy (photo/ x-ray/ body) chicanery?

Was FORT MYER a possible place for JFK autopsy (photo/ x-ray/ body) chicanery?

"Blanket from John F. Kennedy's limousine, stowed in the vehicle at the time of his assassination. Navy blue woolen blanket bearing a large embroidered Presidential seal is one of two that were fixtures of the custom limousine, literally built into the doors of the back seat on each side for ready use by chilled passengers. Blanket features a grey plush lining to the reverse side and snaps along the edges for securing to interior door panels. Measures 50.5'' x 41''. Embroidered seal measures 7'' in diameter. Some patches of wear to fabric surface along center, else fine. With excellent provenance, including an LOA from Burke Reilly, the first owner of the blankets after their removal from the limousine, which was dismantled during Johnson's administration. Reilly was the manager of the White House Vehicle Program for Ford Motor Company's Washington Affairs Office, in charge of the care and service of the automobiles in the federal fleet, including ''100X'', the Presidential limousine. His LOA specifies the names of the people he worked and interacted with, including the name of the Secret Service agent that gave the blankets to him. Includes copies of Reilly's Ford ID and his security clearance pass. Mr. Reilly is reportedly still alive today. More information regarding the "lap robes," as they were called, comes from Ford employee F. Vaughn Ferguson whose 18 December 1963 memo to Ford lobbyist R.W. Markley Jr. is housed at the National Archives. This memo reads in part, ''...on the 2nd of December I noticed that the two lap robes had a few blood spots on them, but, more than that, were soiled from handling and required cleaning. The White House chauffeurs were detailed to take the lap robes to Fort Myer for cleaning. These persons remained with the lap robes until they were cleaned and returned the same day...'' An impossibly rare relic from the last moment of JFK's presidency."

Sunday, June 21, 2015

(by request) my top 25 favorite JFK assassination books + FAVORITE DVDs

(by request) my top 25 favorite JFK assassination books + FAVORITE DVDs:

[in no particular order except to say that #1 is my favorite book of the moment]

With all due respect to "the classics" (can you say "dated"?) and any other titles I did not include (can you say "my learned opinion circa 2015?"), their omission of which may offend you :)

1) Reclaiming Parkland: Tom Hanks, Vincent Bugliosi, and the JFK Assassination by James DiEugenio (2013)
2) Killing JFK: 50 Years, 50 Lies: From the Warren Commission to Bill O'Reilly, A History of Deceit in the Kennedy Assassination by Lance Moore (2013)
3) Undeniable Truths: The Clear and Simple Facts Surrounding the Murder of President John F. Kennedy  by Ed Souza (2014)
4) Hit List: An In-Depth Investigation into the Mysterious Deaths of Witnesses to the JFK Assassination by Richard Belzer and David Wayne (2013)
5) They Killed Our President: 63 Reasons to Believe There Was a Conspiracy to Assassinate JFK by Jesse Ventura with Dick Russell and David Wayne (2013):
6) The Man Who Killed Kennedy: The Case Against LBJ by Roger Stone with Mike Colapietro (2014 edition of 2013 release):
7) JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters by James Douglass (2010 edition):
8) Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years by David Talbot (2008): 
9) LBJ: The Mastermind of the JFK Assassination by Philip Nelson (2013 edition):
10) Last Word: My Indictment of the CIA in the Murder of JFK by Mark Lane (2011):
11) Destiny Betrayed: JFK, Cuba, and the Garrison Case by James DiEugenio (2012/ this Second Edition, not the original 1992 version):
12) Not in Your Lifetime: The Defining Book on the J.F.K. Assassination by Anthony Summers (2013 edition):
13) Inside the Assassination Records Review Board: The U.S. Government's Final Attempt to Reconcile the Conflicting Medical Evidence in the Assassination of JFK - Volumes 1-5 by Douglas Horne (2009)
14) Girl on the Stairs, The: The Search for a Missing Witness to the JFK Assassination by Barry Ernest (2013 Pelican edition):
15) Enemy of the Truth, Myths, Forensics, and the Kennedy Assassination by Sherry Fiester (2012):
16) In the Eye of History: Disclosures in the JFK Assassination Medical Evidence by William Matson Law (new 2015 edition updated and expanded WITH DVD):
17) Into the Nightmare: My Search for the Killers of President John F. Kennedy and Officer J. D. Tippit by Joseph McBride (2013):
18) The Kennedy Half-Century: The Presidency, Assassination, and Lasting Legacy of John F. Kennedy by Larry Sabato (2013 [sorry- I enjoyed this one]):
19) The Echo from Dealey Plaza: The true story of the first African American on the White House Secret Service detail and his quest for justice after the assassination of JFK by Abraham Bolden (2008/2009):
20) From an Office Building with a High-Powered Rifle: One FBI Agent's View of the JFK Assassination by Don Adams (2012):
21) High Treason 2 by Harrison Livingstone (1992):
22) The Warren Omission by Walt Brown (1996):
23) Bloody Treason by Noel Twyman (1997/1998):
24) Best Evidence by David Lifton (1988 edition):
25) Post Mortem by Harold Weisberg (2013 edition):