NOTES ON SIXTH FLOOR MUSEUM SECRET SERVICE INTERVIEWS

1)Warren Woody Taylor (10/14/05)[31 minutes]

[note: I could never find him due to common name!]

born 3/9/36, Dayton, KY;

joined agency in August 1961;

retired in 1982;

heard three shots, all from 6th floor of TSBD;

Dallas: first tume he was in a motorade with JFK

 

2) Jerry D. Kivett (10/14/05)[39 minutes]

[note: I spoke to, corresponded, and e-mailed Mr. Kivett. He has seen my work online including my book…:O)]

born 3/4/35, Greensboro, NC;

joined agency September 1961;

retired in 1982;

heard 3 shots from his right rear

 

3) A. Dale Wunderlich (10/15/05) [49 minutes]

[Note: I spoke to and e-mailed Mr. Wunderlich. Like many of his colleagues, he is much aware of my (online) work/ book]

born 1/2/37, Prosser, WA;

LAPD Bomb Squad;

recruited by agency Feb. 1963: joined PRS division;

Dallas: claims this was the FIRST time someone from PRS came to do an intelligence advance (?!?)

 

4) Victor Gonzalez (10/15/05) [10 minutes]

[Note: I contacted Mr. Gonzalez via e-mail–and through a friend—but he never responded back]

born 6/21/36, Puerto Rico;

joined agency in April 1962;

retired in July 1982;

11/22/63: part of Special Agent clas graduating that day-went to Ford’s Theater, Capital Bldg, Blair House, then Press Corps for a luncheon and ceremony. Chief Rowley was called out and told of JFK’s assassination!;

assigned to WFO;

protected the limousine at the White House Garage;

always felt it was Oswald, acting alone

 

5) Radford W. Jones (10/15/05) [18 minutes]

[Note: I corresponded with Mr. Jones and he refers to me without saying my name in his oral history interview-I had also sent him copies of his Secret Service shift reports for 11/63]

born 9/30/39;

joined agency Feb. 1963;

retired as SAIC of Detroit Field Office in 1983;

joined Ford Motor Company;

after retirement, joined the staff of MSU;

assigned to Buffalo, NY field office;

temporary assignment:Summer 1963, Hyannisport, Squaw Island;

Nov. 1963: assigned to Kellerman’s shift-end of 30 day assignment (supplemented JFK Jr’s detail). Glen Bennett and he flipped a coin as to who was to go to Dallas (?!?);

strongly believes Oswald acted alone;

assigned to Jackie for 4 months in 1964, along with Clint Hill and Tommy Mays;

liason to RFK campaign in ’68

 

6) William L. Duncan (10/15/05) [14 minutes]

[Note: I contacted Mr. Duncan but he never responded back]

born 1935;

joined agency 1959-WHD, Ike (“very routine duty”);

With JFK from Inaugural until 11/22/63 [through LBJ and Nixon eras, as well-in fact, he was in charge of Pat Nixon’s Detail];

Re: JFK: “real fine gentleman”; “magnetic personality”; “very friendly”; “very concerned about the people around him”; “real pleasure to work with”; “easy to work very hard for”; “LET YOU DO YOUR JOB” [my emphasis];

11/22/63: advance agent for Fort Worth (partner: Ned Hall II);

Was to return to D.C. but, due to assassination, proceeded to Dallas/ Parkland Hospital: Secret Service “very well organized” there;

Ultimately returned to D.C. with Hall “with the cars” [C-130]

 

7) Winston G. Lawson (9/5/03) [1hr 52 minutes]

[Note: I spoke to and corresponded—and even e-mailed—Mr. Lawson several times]

born 10/15/28, Western NY, between Erie & Buffalo (Chattaqua County);

Korea war: joined the Army reserves/ CIC;

joined agency Fall 1959-Syracuse, NY Field Office;

Transfered to WHD Spring 1961;

Re: JFK: “He was pleasant”

 

8) Mike Howard (11/18/05) [2 and a half hours]

[Note: As with Mr. Taylor (above), I could never find Mr. Howard due to his having such a common name!]

born 3/20/31;

Korean War: Private, Military Police;

Saginaw (TX) Police Dept;

joined agency 1959 via a call from SAIC of Dallas Forrest Sorrels

 

Vince Palamara

4/27/09

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About vincepalamara

Vincent Palamara was born in Pittsburgh and graduated from Duquesne University with a degree in Sociology. Although not even born when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, Vince brings fresh eyes to an old case. In fact, Vince would go on to study the largely overlooked actions - and inactions - of the United States Secret Service in unprecedented detail, as well as achieving a world's record in the process, having interviewed and corresponded with over 80 former agents (the House Select Committee on Assassinations had the old record of 46 with a 6 million dollar budget and supboena power from Congress), not to mention many surviving family members, White House aides, and even quite a few Parkland and Bethesda medical witnesses for a corresponding project. The result was Survivor's Guilt: The Secret Service & The Failure To Protect President Kennedy. Vince is also the author of the books JFK: From Parkland To Bethesda and The Not-So-Secret Service. All told, Vince has been favorably mentioned in over 120 JFK and Secret Service related books to date (including two whole chapters in Murder in Dealey Plaza, The Secret Service: The Hidden History Of An Enigmatic Agency by Philip Melanson, and the Final Report of the Assassination Records Review Board, among many others), often at length, in the bibliographies, and in the Secret Service - and even medical evidence - areas of these works. Vince has appeared on the History Channel, C-SPAN, A COUP IN CAMELOT, KING KILL '63, THE MAN BEHIND THE SUIT, National Geographic, PCN, BPTV, local cable access television, YouTube, radio, newspapers, print journals, at national conferences, and all over the internet. Also, Vince's original research materials, or copies of said materials, are stored in the National Archives (by request under Deed Of Gift by the ARRB), the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, Harvard University, the Assassination Archives and Research Center, and the Dallas Public Library. Vince Palamara has become known (as he was dubbed by the History Channel in 2003) "the Secret Service expert." As former JFK Secret Service agent Joe Paolella proclaimed: "You seem to know a lot about the Secret Service, maybe even more than I do!" Agent Dan Emmett calls Vince a Secret Service expert in his new book.
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