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

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Paul J Paterni

Paul J. Paterni

2010 July 11

by Pat DiGeorge

A good friend of Hedy’s that she met in Washington DC during her first years with the OSS.
Later she wrote on the back of this photo:  Paul was with the  ”Secret Service and OSS.  President Roosevelt called his mother upon Paul’s arrival in North Africa.”
After the war ended he returned to the Secret Service.  Paterni was Deputy Chief of the Secret Service under President Kennedy and was very much involved in the investigations after the President was shot.



Rossana Valobra Paterni
Rossana Valobra Paterni
Date of Death:
Apr 8, 2011
Location of Service:
St. Francis Catholic Church - Missoula

MISSOULA - Rossana Valobra Paterni, age 89, of Missoula passed away Friday, April 8, 2011 at her home.  She was born May 3, 1921, Florence, Italy to Benvenuto Valobra and Aurelia Taglietti.  Rossana married Paul J. Paterni (deceased) on June 6. 1946.   She is survived by her son Mike Paterni, his spouse Kathy and their daughter Jin Paterni of Missoula, Montana and her son Mark Paterni, his spouse Linda of Ellicott City, Maryland and their children Josh Paterni of Durham, North Carolina and Sara Paterni Donaldson of West Palm Beach, Florida.   Rossana was born and raised in Florence, Italy, one of eight siblings; she is survived by her younger sister Velleda Barontini of Florence, Italy, and many nephews and nieces.  World War II devastated the Valobra family forcing them to disperse around Florence and Northern Italy.  The four brothers fought as Partisans against the Nazi occupation forces, Dante, Rossana’s youngest brother, was killed in action against Nazi troops.  Rossana and her older sister Lea were couriers for the Partisans.   Rossana was preceded in death by her husband Paul; her mother and father; brothers, Dante, Anso, Cesare, and Sauro; and sisters, Sara and Lea.    When Florence was liberated from Nazi occupation by the British Army Rossana was employed by British Military Intelligence where she met her future husband Paul who was serving with the U.S. Army OSS attached to the British unit in Florence.    Rossana emigrated as a war bride to the U.S. in 1946.  She lived at first in Detroit, Michigan and eventually in Maryland, California, Virginia, Illinois, and the District of Columbia, moving with her husband during his career with the U.S. Secret Service. She retired with her husband to Missoula in 1973.   Rossana and Paul tremendously enjoyed entertaining family and friends.  She took joy in preparing meals for the ravenous hordes that often accompanied her sons.  Her hospitality was graciously shared with all, and many of Mark and Mike’s friends recount wonderful memories of good times shared with the Paterni family.    After her husband passed away in 1984 she remained in Missoula until 1995. She moved to Billings to be close to her son, Mike and his family, particularly her granddaughter, Jin.  Jin and Rossana were very close, and their relationship was one of the brightest lights in her life. Her grandchildren, Jin, Sara, and Josh were the pride of her life along with her husband and sons.  In 2001 she returned to Missoula with Mike and his family.   We will miss her tremendously. We are consoled by wonderful memories of a loving and gracious wife, mother, and friend.   A memorial service is scheduled for Tuesday April 12, 10:30 am at St. Francis Catholic Church, 420 Pine Street, Missoula.   In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to Partners Hospice, 2687 Palmer Street, Suite B, Missoula, MT 59808. 

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Location of Services:
St. Francis Catholic Church
420 Pine St.
Country: us

Rossana Paterni: Regal, elegant yet daring

2011-04-18T07:00:00Z Rossana Paterni: Regal, elegant yet daringBy GWEN FLORIO of the Missoulian
April 18, 2011 7:00 am  • 

Rossana Paterni was so regal, so elegant and yet such a homebody, too, that it's hard to image the daring and extraordinarily dangerous feats she performed as a young woman.
Paterni, who was born in Florence, Italy, and died April in Missoula at the age of 89, was a young woman when Nazi troops occupied Florence during World War II.
Italian partisans waged guerrilla warfare against them, their efforts aided by Rossana and her sister, Lea.
The women rode their bikes through the Tuscan hills and boarded trains packed with German soldiers, carrying messages back and forth among partisan groups. "They just jumped right in," said her son, Mike Paterni, of Missoula.
The risk was immeasurable and Rossana's awareness of it was deeply personal. All four of her brothers were partisans and her younger brother, Dante Valobra, was one of 30 men shot by German soldiers as retaliation for a partisan action, Mike Paterni said.
"If someone had found her out, it wouldn't have ended well," he said.
Her life continued to be adventurous after the war, when she went to work as a secretary in a British military intelligence office in Florence. Rossana Valobra spoke no English. But she often talked with Paul Paterni, an American in the Office of Strategic Services (the U.S. agency that preceded the CIA), who was stationed in the British unit and was fluent in Italian.
Theirs was an old-fashioned courtship, Mike Paterni said, strictly supervised by her parents, Benvenuto Vaolobra and Aurelia Taglietti. The two married in Italy, but moved soon afterward to the United States, first to Michigan, where Paul Paterni had roots that were foreign in ways that went beyond life in a different country.
"Her parents had been successful business people" living in a cosmopolitan city, Mike Paterni said. Paul Paterni's family emigrated from Italy to Michigan's Upper Peninsula, where the men worked in copper mines.
"You can imagine the contrast," her son said. "But they just loved her."
The couple stayed just long enough in Detroit, where Paul Paterni worked for the Secret Service, for her to fall in love with his family, too, then began decades of moving around the country as her husband rose through the ranks of the Secret Service, retiring from the agency as deputy chief. The couple retired to Missoula in 1973, Rossana Paterni finally accepting the fact that they'd never return to Italy.
While she'd had been an athletic young woman, cycling and hiking in Tuscany and northern Italy, she largely focused on her home in her later years.
"She mostly liked to be at home. She didn't like too much to go out," said her friend, Giuseppina "Pina" Fellin, of Missoula.
Home, after all, was where her family was. Rossana Paterni maintained her Italian traditions when she moved to this country - she spoke Italian with friends such as Fellin, she cooked wonderfully and in quantity for whomever walked through her door - but more than anything, her family was the center of her world.
"She was just tremendously devoted to family," said Mike Paterni, and her concept of family was all-encompassing. It wasn't unusual, when he was in college, to drop in unannounced "with a horde of hungry friends" who'd within moments find themselves at the table.
"She was as devoted to her sons" - Mike Paterni's brother, Mark, and his family live in Baltimore - "as only an Italian mother can be," said Susan Wright, Rossana Paterni's neighbor in the Rattlesnake, where she lived in her final years. That devotion went both ways, Wright said.
"This is the most incredible son on earth," Wright said of Mike Paterni. "He was over here at least once a day, every day."
Paul Paterni died in 1984, leaving "a tremendous hole in my mom's heart," Mike Paterni said. Fortunately, Mike and Kathy Paterni's daughter Jin came along a year later.
"From the moment Rossana laid eyes on that baby and that baby laid eyes on her, it was incredible," Wright said.
Mike Paterni said that when Jin was older, she acquired a big black Lab, Oscar, who quickly came to occupy a similar place in his mother's heart. "The dog would crawl up on the couch with my mother," he said.
This, in a home that Rossana Paterni kept immaculate, surrounding herself with fine things.
"She had nice paintings and a few sculptures. ... She had very, very good taste," Fellin said. "Rosanna, she was very simple and she dressed really simple, but really elegant. She knew what nice things were."
But the tiny, lovely woman also had another stereotypically Italian characteristic.
"Ooooh, that temper!" Wright said. "She would just get -" Wright clenched her fist and shook it.
When other homes were being built in the neighborhood, the noise and dirt bothered Paterni something fierce, Wright said.
She'd go out and let the workmen know in no uncertain terms, Wright said. "And then she'd start laughing and make them coffee. They all called her Grandma Rossana."
When Paterni died, her son found a copy of "Italian Boys at Fort Missoula, Montana, 1941-1943," longtime Missoula resident Umberto Benedetti's account of the Italians interned there during World War II.
Paterni was friends with Benedetti and Alfredo Cipolato, who like Benedetti was detained at Fort Missoula, and with others in Missoula's small but close-knit Italian community.
Benedetti died in 2009, Cipolato a year earlier. Now, Paterni.
"She had a long life," her son Mike said, "and we got to share it with her."


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