Winston Lawson

Winston Lawson Recognized by the Virginia Health Care Association for illustrious Cold War era career protecting Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy and Johnson

(Norfolk, VA) – Winston George Lawson, a 81 year-old resident of Lake Taylor Transitional Care Hospital, was recently featured in the first publication of the Virginia Health Care Association’s Who’s Who in Virginia’s Long Term Care Facilities calendar.

The calendar’s theme, “Strolling Down Memory Lane,” captures Mr. Lawson’s experiences in the United States Secret Service, which included duty postings protecting Presidents Dwight Eisenhower, John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson.

“From listening to his family’s stories about his service and seeing his private photograph collection, it’s evident that Mr. Lawson embraced his duty to protect our nation’s top leaders as a solemn and sacred commitment,” said (Orsini?).

“We at Lake Taylor are privileged to have Mr. Lawson as a resident, and appreciate his service to our country. “We also congratulate and welcome the Virginia Health Care Association’s decision to honor Mr. Lawson in this special publication.”

Lawson was born and raised in western New York state. He retired from the U.S. Secret Service after 22 years as Deputy Assistant Director of the US Secret Service. Following his retirement from government service, Lawson worked for Billy Graham and his son, Franklin Graham. He has been a resident of Lake Taylor since February 2008.

Mr. Lawson’s profile is featured on Virginia Health Care Association’s (VHCA) website at The VHCA selected 24 residents to be featured in this special publication from among its statewide membership of nearly 275 licensed nursing and assisted living facilities.

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 subpoena 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, The Not-So-Secret Service, Who's Who in the Secret Service, and Honest Answers about the Murder of President John F. Kennedy: A New Look at the JFK Assassination. All told, Vince has been favorably mentioned in over 140 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's THE MEN WHO KILLED KENNEDY (VHS and DVD), C-SPAN, Newsmax TV, A COUP IN CAMELOT (DVD/BLU RAY), KING KILL '63, THE MAN BEHIND THE SUIT (DVD), National Geographic's JFK: THE FINAL HOURS (including on DVD), 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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