Vince Palamara- author of "Survivor's Guilt"- SCROLL ALL THE WAY DOWN FOR MANY POSTINGS AND MORE!

Vince Palamara- author of "Survivor's Guilt"- SCROLL ALL THE WAY DOWN FOR MANY POSTINGS AND MORE!
Vince Palamara- author of "Survivor's Guilt: The Secret Service and the Failure to Protect President Kennedy"

SURVIVOR'S GUILT- OUT NOW!

SURVIVOR'S GUILT- OUT NOW!
"SURVIVOR'S GUILT: The Secret Service & The Failure To Protect President Kennedy" by Vince Palamara COMING OCTOBER 2013 ! THE PERFECT ANTIDOTE TO GERALD BLAINE'S PROPAGANDA-***CLICK ON THE PIC***

THE KENNEDY DETAIL-BEWARE:

“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



PLEASE CLICK ON THE IMAGE TO GET TO MY OTHER BLOG

PLEASE CLICK ON THE IMAGE TO GET TO MY OTHER BLOG
PLEASE CLICK ON THE IMAGE TO GET TO MY OTHER BLOG

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...

Search This Blog

Loading...

Thursday, December 18, 2014

The very best factual novel ever written on the JFK assassination!

The very best factual novel ever written on the JFK assassination!

Simply put, author John Onesti has brilliantly put together a well written factual novel that both entertains and informs. The names have been slightly changed to protect the innocent AND the guilty- it is no "secret" that this is a valuable "service" to the reader, if you catch my drift. Those familiar with the names, dates, and facts of the case will find much to ruminate over, while the novice will enjoy the story-telling quality of the "factional" novel.

Onesti has hit a home run with this book. My eyes usually glaze over when I see so-called novels on the JFK assassination- they are usually boring and terrible, to be honest. I am heartened to say that Onesti's book is the crème of the entire crop- he is the REAL "king" of this genre of assassination literature. GET THIS ONE ASAP!

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

http://www.amazon.com/Assassination-Point-Blank-John-Onesti/dp/0692334394/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1418965352&sr=1-1&keywords=john+onesti

Saturday, December 13, 2014

KENNEDY DETAIL (era) AGENTS WHO HAVE PASSED (and who are still living):


KENNEDY DETAIL (era) AGENTS WHO HAVE PASSED (and who are still living):

See also:


 

ED MOREY (NEW JFK AGENT; MET JFK 11/20/63) 11/7/14


JOHN GLEASON 9/10/14


 

LEM JOHNS 5/10/14


DON LAWTON (LEFT BEHIND AT LOVE FIELD; RODE ON REAR OF LIMO TAMPA AND CHICAGO) 4/5/13



JOHN “JACK” READY (ON FOLLOW-UP CAR) 2/24/14


FRANK HANCOCK 2/6/2014


 

DAVID GRANT (CO-ADVANCE AGENT FOR DALLAS) 12/28/13 “brother-in-law of Gwen Hill”, Clint Hill’s wife [they never divorced]


 

JOHN JOE HOWLETT (DALLAS OFFICE) 10/10/2013


“John Joe joined the Secret Service on October 1, 1962. He reported to the New York City Field Office and went from there to serve on detail for Vice-President Lyndon B. Johnson…He was then transferred to Dallas Field Office in February of 1963. It was there that former President of the United States, John F. Kennedy was assassinated where Mr. Howlett performed intense investigations on this tragedy. After the assassination, he assisted the Warren Commission report for about a year.”

P HAMILTON BROWN 9/2013

LOUIS MAYO 5/11/2013


JACK WALSH JANUARY 2012

GEORGE CHANEY 8/14/2011

 

GEORGE W. HICKEY, JR 2011


ROBERT R. FAISON 6/28/2011



TALMADGE W BAILEY 3/11/2011

 

JOHN JOSEPH LARDNER 11/19/2010

 

RICHARD JOHNSEN (CE399) 10/2/2010


JERRY KIVETT (VP LBJ SECRET SERVICE CAR) 6/26/2010


GLENN WEAVER (VP LBJ) 4/4/2010

MAURICE MARTINEAU (SAIC Chicago) 10/8/2009


 

H. STUART KNIGHT (SAIC VP LBJ DETAIL) 9/7/2009

 


FRANK STONER 2/15/2009


 

JIM JEFFRIES 1/18/2009

WINSTON GINTZ 7/22/2008


 

VINCENT MROZ 7/22/2008


 

ROBERT FOSTER 6/18/2008



 

ROBERT BOUCK 4/27/2008

 

LYNN MEREDITH 4/17/2008




 

FLOYD BORING 2/1/2008

 



STANLEY GALUP (SECRET SERVICE/ SPECIAL OFFICER 1962-1985) 7/15/2007

JAMES “MIKE” MASTROVITO 11/24/2006



 

LAWRENCE HESS 11/5/2006

 

ANDREW BERGER 6/22/2006


ARTHUR BLAKE 4/7/2006


 

PAUL A BURNS 4/5/2005


JOHN PAUL JONES (VP LBJ) MARCH 2004

JOHN NORRIS (UNIFORMED DIVISION) 4/30/2003

G. d’ANDELOT “DON” BELIN (Acting Treasury Secretary/ General Counsel) 4/15/2003

C. DOUGLAS DILLON (Treasury Secretary) 1/10/2003

BILL BACHERMAN 5/31/2002



 

ARTHUR GODFREY 5/12/2002


RALPH STOVER (HEAD OF UNIFORMED DIVISION) 1/24/2002


 

ELMER W. MOORE (San Francisco office+) 12/4/2001

JACKSON KRILL 1/20/2000

DENNIS HALTERMAN 1988

HOWARD ANDERSON

BURRILL PETERSON 11/6/95

WALTER PINE

ELLIOT THACKER

WALTER YOUNG 1996

PAUL J. PATERNI 2/5/84


 

ROY KELLERMAN MARCH 22, 1984



 

WILLIAM GREER 2/23/1985

 


U.E. BAUGHMAN 11/6/78


JAMES ROWLEY 11/1/92


RUFUS YOUNGBLOOD 10/2/96


HENRY “HANK” RYBKA 12/25/75

STUART STOUT 1974

EMORY ROBERTS 10/8/73


GLEN BENNETT 4/4/94

ANDY HUTCH 1991

HARVEY HENDERSON JANUARY 1994

JOHN J. “MUGGSY” O’LEARY 1987

GERALD BEHN 4/21/93

SAM KINNEY 7/21/97

LUBERT “BERT” de FREESE 1991


NED HALL II 11/26/98

BILL PAYNE

FORREST SORRELS (DALLAS OFFICE) NOVEMBER 1993
CHARLIE KUNKEL 6/27/92
ROBERT STEUART (DALLAS OFFICE) 12/11/99
ROBERT JAMISON
ELMER LAWRENCE
J. LEROY LEWIS
GERALD MCCANN
JACK PARKER
WALTER BLASCHAK (WHD CLERK)
THOMAS KELLEY
CLARENCE KNETSCH (VP LBJ)
PAUL DOSTER 1987
JOHN MARSHALL
JERRY DOLAN 8/10/93
DEETER B. “DICK” FLOHR 2/24/96
WADE RODHAM 1983
JOHN CAMPION 1983
ROBERT TAYLOR 3/12/81
MICHAEL TORINA
JACK HOLTZHAUER 10/19/98
WILLIAM C. DAVIS
BROOKS KELLER
RUSSELL”BUCK” DANIELS
EDITH DUNCAN (BOUCK AND BAUGHMAN’S SECRETARY)
JAMES K.”JACK” FOX 1987
JAMES GRIFFITH
ED WILDY
MORGAN GIES 1980
THOMAS WOOGE 10/17/68
THOMAS SHIPMAN 10/14/63
 
 

Still living as of 12/13/14:

WALT COUGHLIN- worked for Hunt Oil; has oil interests in Yemen

SAM SULLIMAN

ERNEST OLSSON

WILLIAM “TIM” MCINTYRE

CLINT HILL

PAUL LANDIS

WARREN “WOODY” TAYLOR

RONALD PONTIUS

JOE PAOLELLA

JIM GOODENOUGH

CHARLES MARASS

DALE KEANER

KENT JORDAN

WILLIAM DUNCAN

JAMES “MIKE” HOWARD

WILLIAM PATTERSON (? MIA)

GERALD BLAINE- has oil interests in Yemen

KEN GIANNOULES

BILL LIVINGOOD

GERALD O’ROURKE


 

MICHAEL J. SHANNON

(Obit for his wife- he is still living)


http://www.stephensondearman.com/guestbook.asp?page=guestbook&id=882

 
Michael J. Shannon
Grand Rapids, MI
Another Old Timer from the days of LBJ VP Detail; the Mona Lisa Detail; and a fellow NYFO agent and Michigan State University
Spartan passes on. I too served during those years starting during August 1962 at NY City; then off to Washington with LBJ's
Detail; and the Mona Lisa Detail; and on 11-22 at Dallas I was the lone agent working midnight to 8am with the Johnsons at
Fort Worth; then the horror of the events at Dallas.....I knew John Joe [Howlett] well. He was a fine agent and dedicated to the job.
Be proud of his service to this country......he was a good man!
He will not be forgotten!

Condolence From: Michael J. Shannon (USSS retired; 1962-1988)

Condolence: Bob [Faison] was a fellow agent who was well-liked and respected. Never flashy; just a solid dependable man who got the job done. I'm glad to have known him and I count him as one of the great agents with whom I've worked. His family can be very proud of Bob and his service to the United States as a patriot soldier and Secret Service agent.

Sunday July 03, 2011

 

WINSTON G LAWSON



 

ROGER C. WARNER

ROBERT R BURKE



JOHN F. “FRANK” YEAGER




An advance agent in the Secret Service has a direct line to the White House wherever you're at in the world,"

DONALD BENDICKSON (VP LBJ) (?)

GERALD BECHTLE (VP LBJ)

ROBERT LOCKWOOD (VP LBJ) (?)

JOSEPH PAOLELLA


After the assassination, I was re-assigned to guard the presidential vehicle after it had been flown back to the White House garage. Several hospital staff members from Bethesda Naval Hospital entered the vehicle to remove scalp, brain tissue and bone matter from the back seat. While waiting for the Bethesda Naval Hospital attendants to arrive, I did notice what appeared to be a bullet-hole in the front windshield of the driver’s side. I do not remember if the glass remnants were on the inside of the vehicle or the outside of the windshield. If the glass remnants were on the inside of the car, it would offer some acceptance to the theory that at least one of the shots came from the front of the President’s vehicle.

I don’t remember anything out of the ordinary regarding my duties prior to the assassination other than several trips to the Kennedy residence in Palm Beach, Florida. I also recall an incident in Chicago involving a suspect who was planning to assassinate the President. However, I was not involved in that investigation and the threat was taken care of by the Chicago office of the Secret Service.

I believe Oswald was the shooter and though I am not a conspiracy buff, I believe if others were involved, I think the Mafia would be the only ones who could have pulled it off without someone later confessing involvement in the President’s assassination. In those days, Mafia members had a strict code that did not allow them to confess. It had been said that a New Orleans Mafia Don, Carlos Marcello, was heard to say, “If you cut off the head of the snake (JFK), the tail (RFK), would die.” At that time, Robert Kennedy was the Attorney General and was working against the Mafia. Shortly after the assassination, Robert Kennedy was fired and it took another 20-years before the F.B.I. made any headway against the Mafia.

 


 


For the first 1/2 hr of the show, Secret Service Agent Joe Paolella will comment on the General Petraeus affair. Joe will also tell us amazing stories when he was a secret service agent to four US Presidents, including JFK. Joe was the Secret Service agent responsible for guarding JFK’s limousine after the shooting. He noticed a bullet hole through the front windshield and never told anyone about this. About 40 years later, the first and only person he ever told was his good friend Dr John.

TOBY J CHANDLER

ROBERT LILLEY

ABRAHAM BOLDEN

EDWARD Z TUCKER

JOSEPH NOONAN (?)

CHUCK ZBORIL

RADFORD JONES

ROBERT KOLLAR

TOM WELLS

DALE WUNDERLICH

BILL CARTER

JERRY PARR (ROOKIE IN 1962)

THOMAS BEHL

CHARLES TAYLOR

VICTOR GONZALEZ

DICK METZINGER (?)

BILL SKILES

FORREST GUTHRIE

DARWIN HORN

FRANK SLOCUM

ROBERT SNOW

HARRY GIBBS

ED MOUGIN

EARL MOORE


SCOTT TRUNDLE (went on to be a newspaper publisher)- re: Milteer:


LARRY NEWMAN

TONY SHERMAN

DONALD C. BRETT


 

In July of 1961, he was assigned to the retired president’s detail in Little Egg Harbor, NJ.  Ike was, of course, playing golf.   While Brett was thrilled to meet his idol, Eisenhower, the former Commander in Chief and Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces turned the conversation to Brett asking about his military career.  For Eisenhower, it was a chance to talk with another soldier. 

Brett’s career in the Secret Service had tremendous variety and poignancy. He was often assigned to First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy’s detail and he even protected the Mona Lisa when the first lady arranged for the painting to be shown in the United States in January 1963. In October of 1963, he was sent for a six week course at Secret Service School in Washington, D.C. and was at his graduation luncheon on November 22nd when the news of President Kennedy’s assassination reached him and his fellow agents.  He was on the detail that met the car and accompanied the body of the President. Brett went on to serve on Johnson’s and Nixon’s details.  Brett traveled extensively throughout his career and is now retired and living in Sarasota, Florida.

JIM CANTRELL (?)

FRANK FARNSWORTH (?)

TOM FRIDLEY

BOB TILL (?)

BOB GAUGH

JIM GIOVANETTI (??)

DOC WALTERS (??)

JACK WARNER

JIM JOHNSON

KEN WIESMAN- worked for Brown and Root (Haliburton)

MILT WILHITE

HARRY GEGHLEIN (?)

PAUL RUNDLE- SAIC FOR CANDIDATE CURTIS LEMAY DETAIL, 1968!


GARY SEALE


BILL CHESLOCK (?)

JERRY MCKINNEY

ARNIE LAU

EVE DEMPSHER (SECRETARY)

CARROLL WINSLOW (?)

MAC SWEAZEY (?)

BILL STRAUGHN (?)

MIKE KELLY (?)

GAYLE DOBISH (?)

MILT SCHEUERMAN (?)

BOB LAPHAM (?)

ROBERT NEWBRAND (?)

BERNIE MULLADY (?)

JOHN MCCARTHY (?)

CHESTER MILLER (?)

ROY “GENE” NUNN- now works for FEMA

CECIL TAYLOR (?)

KEN THOMPSON (?)

THOMAS WHITE (?)

Friday, December 12, 2014

LUBERT "BERT" DeFREESE

http://peabodykansas.com/olddirect/two_phs_grads_serve_top_office_of_the_land+7pgrads+54776f2050485320677261647320736572766520746f70206f6666696365206f6620746865206c616e64

DeFreese, whose father was the minister at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Peabody, enlisted in the Navy after graduation from PHS and served in the Pacific until the end of World War II.
After his discharge, he attended Colorado State University at Ft. Collins, Colo., earning degrees in 1949 in both science and forestry. He worked for the National Park Service until 1955 when he joined the Secret Service.
DeFreese first served in Chicago, working on counterfeit cases and check forgeries. In 1958, during Dwight D. Eisenhower's presidency, he was transferred to the White House detail.
He served on White House details protecting presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon. DeFreese also served in the Protective Research Branch, Public Affairs, the Liaison Division, and the Office of Investigations.
DeFreese, who died in 1991 from complications of tuberculosis and leukemia, was with Kennedy in Texas, but had left Dallas the morning of the assassination.
In a letter to DeFreese's PHS classmates for a reunion book, his wife Marian wrote that Bert "had been in the field for three weeks arranging the Florida and Dallas trips. He returned home to help carry the president's casket off of Air Force One."
"JFK was wonderful to work with," she continued. "He was funny, interesting, outgoing, and modest. Bert took many trips with President Kennedy, including at least four out of the country."
DeFreese spent 23 years in the Secret Service.

Agent Joe Paolella- ANOTHER witness to the JFK limousine hole in windshield and more

http://janbtucker.com/blog/2014/03/12/joe-paolellas-incredible-life/

"After the assassination, I was re-assigned to guard the presidential vehicle after it had been flown back to the White House garage. Several hospital staff members from Bethesda Naval Hospital entered the vehicle to remove scalp, brain tissue and bone matter from the back seat. While waiting for the Bethesda Naval Hospital attendants to arrive, I did notice what appeared to be a bullet-hole in the front windshield of the driver’s side. I do not remember if the glass remnants were on the inside of the vehicle or the outside of the windshield. If the glass remnants were on the inside of the car, it would offer some acceptance to the theory that at least one of the shots came from the front of the President’s vehicle.
I don’t remember anything out of the ordinary regarding my duties prior to the assassination other than several trips to the Kennedy residence in Palm Beach, Florida. I also recall an incident in Chicago involving a suspect who was planning to assassinate the President. However, I was not involved in that investigation and the threat was taken care of by the Chicago office of the Secret Service.
I believe Oswald was the shooter and though I am not a conspiracy buff, I believe if others were involved, I think the Mafia would be the only ones who could have pulled it off without someone later confessing involvement in the President’s assassination. In those days, Mafia members had a strict code that did not allow them to confess. It had been said that a New Orleans Mafia Don, Carlos Marcello, was heard to say, “If you cut off the head of the snake (JFK), the tail (RFK), would die.” At that time, Robert Kennedy was the Attorney General and was working against the Mafia. Shortly after the assassination, Robert Kennedy was fired and it took another 20-years before the F.B.I. made any headway against the Mafia." [Note: fellow agent Walt Coughlin ALSO believes Oswald was the shooter AND that the Mafia was involved- see his 6th floor museum oral history video]

AUDIO:


For the first 1/2 hr of the show, Secret Service Agent Joe Paolella will comment on the General Petraeus affair. Joe will also tell us amazing stories when he was a secret service agent to four US Presidents, including JFK. Joe was the Secret Service agent responsible for guarding JFK’s limousine after the shooting. He noticed a bullet hole through the front windshield and never told anyone about this. About 40 years later, the first and only person he ever told was his good friend Dr John.

I KNEW it! Clint, Gerald, and Lisa MADE UP the whole Don Lawton story! I KNEW IT!!

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: http://www.idahostatejournal.com/members/pocatellan-who-knew-someone-close-to-jfk-case-believes-oswald/article_7f99d61a-54fd-11e3-ae59-001a4bcf887a.html

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:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fzkenJUj-CA




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 CAR...you 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 CAR...you 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! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vm2oDaQ2-NI