NORMAN KATZ: “I was there, at the White House, assigned (as a military attaché) to the Secret Service, when that horrible dispatch came in advising us of the President’s shooting and death.”

NORMAN KATZ: “I was there, at the White House, assigned (as a military attaché) to the Secret Service, when that horrible dispatch came in advising us of the President’s shooting and death.”

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Eyewitness Turns Back Clock a Half Century to JFK’s Assassination

 

 

Foundation for Belmont Education-sponsored event brings history to students with a visit from Secret Service agent Norman Katz.

 

 

 

By Lisa Gibalerio

Thanks to grant funding provided by the as, tenth graders at the Belmont High School were given the opportunity to hear from Norman Katz, one of the Secret Service agents on duty in Dallas when John F. Kennedy was assassinated.

 

 

 

“Assassinations have happened before,” he told the audience of sophomores, “and they will happen again.”

 

 

 

Katz outlined how far security measures have come in the 50 years since Kennedy was shot and killed in Dallas.

 

 

 

“In the early 1960s, we weren’t even thinking about assassination; we were just there to offer general protection.”

 

 

 

He added that 50 years ago, there were 312 Secret Service agents employed by the US Government; there are more than 7,000 today. President Obama, he stated, receives more than 400 death threats a year and wears a bullet-proof suit and underwear.

 

 

 

Technology back then, he said, consisted of hand signals and walkie-talkies – when they worked, he added.

 

 

 

The students seemed especially rapt when he described the moments that JFK was shot and killed. The limousine, he said, should have sped off when the first shot was fired, but the driver slowed down thinking the limo had backfired. The second shot hit Kennedy in the neck.

 

 

 

“He would have survived that neck shot,” Katz said, “it was the third shot that shattered his brain.”

 

 

 

The students saw photos of that were taken during the shootings as well as photos of JFK’s autopsy.

 

 

 

For a group of students born 35 years after these events occurred, they certainly left this presentation with a clear idea of what happened on that fateful November day in Dallas in 1963. And from the perspective of a man who was standing just a few feet away when it happened.

 

 

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The White House

 

 

During the Kennedy &

 

Johnson Years

 

Former Secret Service officer Norman Katz

 

spoke to a jam packed meeting this morning

 

detailing his first hand accounts and

 

experiences of being in Dallas during the

 

Kennedy assassination, working with

 

President Johnson and being present in the

 

White House during the days of the Cuban

 

Missile Crisis.

 

Norman was in Dallas in the Presidential


Secret Service detail on the day of the


assassination. He was not part of the caravan


detail, but was at the Dallas headquarters in


the backup detail. Norman shared with

 

attendees his and his colleague’s views of the

 

c o n s p i r a c y t h e o r i e s o n Ke n n e d y ’ s

 

assassination. He is a firm believer that Lee

 

Oswald was the only shooter and fired all the

 

shots from the Book Depository. He offered his

 

reasons and shared with all his private photos

 

which revealed details that have not been

 

shown on newspapers or TV. He commended

 

President Johnson for the consideration he

 

showed to Mrs. Kennedy at that time, by

 

insisting that his plane’s departure be delayed

 

until she and the President’s body were on Air

 

Force One.

 

He described the tension that existed in the

 

White House during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

 

He described the behavior and actions of

 

several of the leaders of the day including

 

Bobby Kennedy, General Curtis LeMay and

 

Secretary of Defense, Robert McNamara. The

 

world came very close to nuclear war that day

 

and the issue was in doubt until Nikita

 

Khrushchev ordered the ship carrying the

 

missiles to Cuba to turn around. Norman was

 

in the midst of all the action during those 13

 

days. The US was ready to bomb the Cuban

 

missiles and anticipated a retaliatory strike

 

from Russia. In fact, during the crisis Norman

 

called his mother to tell her to fill the bathtub

 

with water in anticipation of the destruction of

 

vital services in New York.

 

One of the most interesting insights he shared

 

with his audience was the behavior of the

 

presidents and how they treated others. The

 

worst was President Johnson. He detailed


how Presidents Kennedy and Johnson


chased women. Marilyn Monroe was a


regular at the Kennedy White House while

 

LBJ chased women everywhere. He would

 

have the women that were on Air Force One.

 

He was not secretive at all, in fact, he was

 

quite open about his actions. Norman

 

detailed that on several occasions President

 

Johnson would walk down the aisle of Air

 

Force One completely naked. He also

 

observed President Carter, who publicly

 

professed that he wasn’t a drinker, having his

 

morning double bourbon before the day

 

started.

 

Norman answered several questions from

 

members of the audience, many on the

 

assassination of President Kennedy. Thank

 

you, Norman, for sharing your observations

 

and comments about these very historical

 

events

 

 

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http://www.eventective.com/USA/Massachusetts/Sharon/572647/Norman-Katz-Public-Speaker.html

 

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NORMAN KATZ: “I was there, at the White House, assigned (as a military attaché) to the Secret Service, when that horrible dispatch came in advising us of the President’s shooting and death.”

 

 

 

 

 

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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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