“Dallas 63” the book; Secret Service Agent Max Phillips

Take a look at “Dallas 1963″.
When you read page after page you wonder why every Secret Service Agent was not fired, and prosecuted.

It was one thing for JFK to be blind to the danger of visiting Dallas, but the Secret Service led him right to the slaughterhouse.

Clint Hill and his buddies that day were cardboard frauds. They failed to understand, appreciate and recognize the threat. All that was left was to place a target on the back of the President.

Example: I understand JFK gave instructions for Agents not to be posted on the rear of JFK’s limo.
Read one page of this book and see if the Secret Service did a service to the county by saying ” yes sir Mr. President”.

If JFK asked the Secret Service for a gun to blow his brains out would the Agent in Charge have said: “Yes Sir, certainly Mr. President”?

No agents anywhere in any bldg.’s
(Including Fort Worth), when a sniper took a shot at Gen. Walker months earlier.

Take a look at where JFK is looking while waiting to give remarks from the podium set up in the parking lot of the Rice Hotel. Window after open window in bidg. after bldg. with people hanging out to hear his remarks. No agents, no security.

The President’s brains are blown out on Dealy Plaza, the very same Dealy family that ran the Dallas Morning News that served as a forum and provided a platform to any “nut’ who hated JFK and his presidency.

On Nov. 22nd JFK said “were heading into nut country….” I didn’t appreciate how stupid, reckless, and blind he was. While I understand the shortsighted goal behind the visit, he failed us by ignoring his long range goals for the future and appreciating a very real threat to his life.

By going to Dallas he sacrificed himself for votes in a race he was sure to win and a Presidency that never was to be…

JFK’s favorite poem was “I have a rendezvous with Death”. Read this book. You can’t help but conclude that the Secret Service did EVERYTHING in their power to make sure he kept it!!!!!!!!!

Now I understand why Mr. Hill tried to drink himself to death. Having gotten 3/4’s through this book I can appreciate his state of mind.

David Jay Glassman, Esq.
Phila. Pa.

One of the key individuals in the handling of the Zapruder film on the night of the assassination was Max Phillips, a Secret Service agent who was sent to Dallas earlier that afternoon from Austin, and who received Zapruder’s film from him in the Secret Service office in Dallas somewhere between 9 and 9:30 pm that evening. Unfortunately, Phillips was never interviewed by any government agency prior to 1997, when he was interviewed by Michelle Combs of the ARRB. Ms. Combs’ interview unfortunately left a number of questions unasked, and I have been trying to contact Max Phillips for some time, in an effort to fill in some of the details regarding his dealing with Mr. Zapruder, but without any success. In a recent e-mail exchange with Gary Murr in Canada, he suggested that – as the leading authority on the Secret Service – you might be able to help me.

From my own research, I have been able to put together the following biographical information on Max Phillips:

Max David Phillips was born on April 2, 1930. He had one brother and one sister, both older than him.

In 1948, he was attending Grant Union High School in Sacramento, before joining the US Navy in December 1948, where he served on the USS Dixie. The duration of his stay in the Navy is not known at this time. On May 18, 1951 he married Lorraine R. Lawrence in Sacramento. Between 1953 and 1955, he is listed in Sacramento City Directories as a “student”, and during this period he is listed in the yearbooks of San Jose State College, from where he graduated with a major in “Police”.

Phillips joined the Secret Service in 1956, and his career spanned some 26 years. He began in Los Angeles, before being assigned to Philadelphia. He was then transferred to the White House Detail (for the normal 2-year period served by every agent) during the Eisenhower presidency (which ran from Jan 1953 to Jan 1961), during which time he did a stint at the Eisenhower’s Gettysburg home, the President’s weekend home and where the Eisenhower children and grandchildren lived. He “worked the Eisenhower grandchildren detail” before being transferred to the Protective Research Section in Washington, DC., where he remained until March 1966, when he was transferred to the Sacramento Field Office, where he remained for 16 years until his retirement in December 1982/January 1983. As far as I have been able to establish, both Mr. Phillips and his wife are still alive.

Chris Scally

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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