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President Kennedy motorcades San Diego, Hawaii, Latin America

President Kennedy motorcades San Diego, Hawaii, Latin America


President Kennedy motorcades San Diego (6/6/63) , Hawaii (6/9/63), Latin America (12/61- Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Columbia) PLUS THE BUBBLETOP IN ALL GOOD WEATHER MOTORCADES

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President Kennedy motorcades: Germany, Italy, Ireland, D.C.

President Kennedy motorcades: Germany, Italy, Ireland, D.C.


GERMANY 6/23-6/26/63 [19:43 to 23:11] : Many flanking motorcycles in a wedge formation; SAIC Behn on trip; military aide in front seat; agents in good number near limo; bubbletop at times; military lining street; live television feed; PHOTOGRAPHERS IN FRONT OF LIMO; buildings guarded
ITALY 7/2/63 [0 to 11:44]: close press/photographers (including live tv IN FRONT OF LIMO), SAIC Behn, agents on limo, massive motorcycles, etc.
IRELAND 6/28/63 [23:12 to end]: Agent Bert De Freese on rear of limo; partial bubbletop; good motorcycle formation; press photographers flatbed truck in front of limo; agents on limo
D.C. motorcades:
-JFK and Grand Duchess Charlotte of Luxembourg 4/30/63 [11:45 to 13:28];
-JFK and Ethiopian King Haile Selassie 10/1/63 [16:08 to 18:33];
-JFK and King Hassan of Morocco 3/27/63 [13:29 to 16:07];
-JFK Inaugural 1/20/61 [18:44 to 19:42]
THE VIEW FROM THE PRESS PHOTOGRAPHERS FLATBED TRUCK IN FRONT; 2 follow-up cars; military and police line street; SAIC Behn and military aide

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Gerald Blaine’s handwritten phony notes + some docs (click on images to enlarge)

Blaine makes no mention of the death (on 10/14/63) of Secret Service agent Tom Shipman. Blaine and the detail were preparing for JFK’s trip to Boston, one of the last trips before Texas (Boston, MD, two NY trips, FL then TX).

Gerald Blaine’s handwritten notes (undated):

“Frank Yeager and myself have the advance in Tampa, Fla. Everything goes well and I feel real good. Never a thought of the tragedy that is due to occur on the 22nd. Kennedy makes the first of fateful steps that seem to lead toward the tragedy. He states that he wants no agents riding on the rear of his car as we did in Europe. If one was there the assassination might not have occurred. An agent’s life is a frustrating one. You can set all of the security in the world, but its only as good as the President lets it be. The day will come when the only way the public will be able to see the president is by television. The country seems to be loaded with eccentrics and potentials.”

“I don’t think I have ever been filled so low emotionally by anything like the president’s assassination. There wasn’t a thing anyone could have done to stop it and the Secret Service did everything it could do. My shift worked midnight in Ft. Worth on the 22nd. We took them to the airport – They flew to Dallas, went to Austin to sleep for the next nights duty. I had been asleep about ten minutes in the Commodore Perry Hotel. Art Godfrey came in the room and almost broke the door down. ‘The boss was hit in Dallas.’ I was groggy but the sickening truth seemed to sink through and I couldn’t do anything but swing my legs over the bed and when the shock hit me I couldn’t find the strength to stand and I was hit with a sudden wave of chills. Then I tried to fight off the despair and asked Art if he was sure. He said he knew that Kennedy was shot, but didn’t know if it was fatal. We turned on the radio and finally got through on the security phone to hear the horrible truth. We just withdrew in our own thoughts.”

“We flew back in a SAC Bomber, myself, Art Godfrey, Bob Faison, Jerry O’Rourke, Paul Burns and John Bailey (National Democratic Chairman). We arrived back after Kennedy’s body and set up security at the Johnson residence. (What a disgusting settlement – Kennedy replaced by Johnson – like a pro-ball player going from the Yankees to the bottom of the league.)”

“They say that not many single things have an influence on history, but I am sure this one will.”

“Even though we could have done nothing to prevent it, nor was there anything anyone could have done except use a bulletproof automobile, we are all suffering from guilt and failure in our one task. The ordeal we were to all go through for the next few months was a sad one, but we all came out with a feeling of hope far greater than we had ever had before. We shall all be stronger for the experience in the years to come. President Kennedy left us a little of his courage and we lost not only a fine president but a friend we will never forget and always admire.”

“The ordeal we were to all go through for the next few months…”

“The ordeal we were to all go through for the next few months…”

“The ordeal we were to all go through for the next few months…”

!!!!! OOPS–I thought these notes were supposed to be contemporaneous “proof” of something?! A SOURCE AT THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES WHO WAS ADAMANT ABOUT NOT BEING QUOTED SAID IT WAS HIS/HER BELIEF THAT THE HANDWRITTEN “SCRAWL” IN “BALL POINT PEN” WAS ADDED YEARS LATER…I say decades (say, around late 2012), but you get the point.

 The Tampa report Blaine included as he was too dumb to realize that this was ALREADY RELEASED IN 1999. Nevertheless, the irony is rich: rooftops were guarded (as I also confirmed via the Tampa police). This was Kennedy’s LONGEST domestic motorcade (28 miles long!) and second only to Berlin for longest period; far longer than Dallas where building rooftops were NOT guarded

Blaine claims he didn’t drink at either the Fort Worth Press Club or the Cellar. This may or may not be true, but we know NINE agents did, including four agents on the follow-up car (including Clint Hill)!

“Blaine said he had two boxes of records and only turns over 28 pages?!”- Researcher William Kelly. The meager 28 pages was submitted to the National Archives in December 2012, 2 years after Blaine’s book was published AND exactly during the time he found out my book was coming out the next year (2013) for the 50th anniversary! The Gerald Blaine documents consist of 28 pages – mostly duty assignments and travel vouchers, but there are two survey reports – one for Tampa and the one for a post assassination State Department reception between foreign dignitaries and LBJ. There is also a brief statement, a denial of having consumed any alcoholic beverages at the Press Club or the Cellar in Ft. Worth.

Obscure Secret Service agent Gerald Blaine, who served 5 years, came out of nowhere in 2010 with the book THE KENNEDY DETAIL, a New York Times best seller from the biggest publishing house in the world. It is full of propaganda and outright lies. Blaine came out with his book (starting the writing of it in 2005) because of my 22-page letter to Clint Hill, his dear friend for 50+ years. Subsequently, Hill went on to write three more books with the same co-author, his girlfriend Lisa McCubbin.

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I am in the debut issue of the magazine Garrison: The Journal of History and Deep Politics April/May 2019

I am in the debut issue of the magazine Garrison: The Journal of History & Deep Politics April/May 2019

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Bob’s amazing career is documented in chapters in these two books:

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More on Robert DeProspero: my favorite Secret Service agent of all time; a true legend

More on Robert DeProspero: my favorite Secret Service agent of all time; a true legend

This New York Times article has a link to my blog!


Some excerpts from the above article:

In July 1981 Mr. DeProspero was put in charge of the presidential protective detail — Mr. Parr was promoted to assistant director of the Secret Service — and initiated new measures to improve security.

These included placing agents at hospital trauma centers closest to the locations of presidential visits, and using magnetometers to screen guests at presidential events away from the White House. He pressed for the installation of bulletproof glass on White House windows that did not already have them, and for the use of tents for presidents to walk through from their limousine to the entrance of a hotel or other building…

James A. Baker III, Mr. Reagan’s chief of staff during his first term, said Mr. DeProspero had also navigated the safety worries of the first lady, Nancy Reagan, as well as the concerns of White House staff members who did not want overzealous security to impede the president from interacting with voters, especially during his 1984 re-election campaign.

“To block off intersections for 30 or 40 minutes, you keep traffic waiting and lines stall — you lose votes!” Mr. Baker said in a telephone interview. “Bobby handled all that extraordinarily well.”

Mr. DeProspero started in 1965 as part of an influx of new agents hired to strengthen the agency after President John F. Kennedy’s assassination on Nov. 22, 1963.

Mr. DeProspero developed a reputation as a quiet, forceful and relentless leader during his two decades protecting Mr. Reagan, as well as Presidents Lyndon B. Johnson, Gerald R. Ford and Jimmy Carter, and Vice Presidents Spiro T. Agnew, Nelson Rockefeller and Ford.

Mr. DeProspero was promoted to assistant director of training for the Secret Service in 1985 and retired the next year. For the next nine years he was the president of O’Gara Protective Services, a security firm. [clicking on the link “assistant director of training” will take you to my blog and this photo (click on image to enlarge):]

A documentary about his career, “The Man Behind the Suit,” was released in 2016 [I was Assistant Producer for this excellent documentary- my name appears twice at the end]

“Mr. DeProspero [left] was still a teacher when President Kennedy was killed. He recalled tearing up as he listened to news of the assassination on his car radio as he was driving home.

“I thought, ‘What is the guy doing who’s the head of the detail [Gerald Behn]?’ ” he recalled to The Associated Press. “He must be suffering as much as anyone else.”


Bob was a true class act. I was touched when he wrote to me out of the blue in 2011 with positive comments about my work. We e-mailed and corresponded a number of times after that (he even sent me a Christmas card once). We also spoke on the phone a couple times, as he had graciously invited my wife and I down to his daughter Robin’s home for Thanksgiving in 2016 (Joe Petro would also be there). Unfortunately, we could not make it, much to my regret, but that is another story. I cherish the times I spoke to and corresponded with Bob. As I mentioned before, I was somewhat embarrassed by my criticism of the Kennedy Detail agents (before Bob’s time in the agency, mind you). I sent an autographed copy of my first book to Bob with a note stating that I believed President Kennedy would have lived if he was on the detail then.

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