SAM SULLIMAN R.I.P. 1930-2019

Samuel Edward Sulliman age 88, passed away at his home in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania surrounded by his family and friends on February 26, 2019. The 6th child born in New Britain, Connecticut to Moses and Alma Sulliman on August 13, 1930. A proud first generation American, Sam was an Army veteran who served from 1948-1952, seeing active duty in the Korean War. He attended college at Bucknell, playing baseball and football, graduating in 1956 with a Bachelors degree in Political Science. Sam went to law school for 1 year at the University of Connecticut, before being recruited by the US Secret Service. Sam served in the US Secret Service, Presidential Protective Division for 20 years, among those to whom he was assigned were Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Ford, Carter as well as Vice Presidents Agnew and Rockefeller. Following retirement from the Secret Service, Sam worked for J. Robert Fluor as Head of Security for The Fluor Corporation in Southern California. From there Sam moved to Pennsylvania where he worked as Head of Security for US Healthcare/Aetna until retiring in the mid 90’s. Sam enjoyed his retired life and would spend his days watching he beloved Boston Red Sox and his Washington Redskins. He loved the outdoors enjoying any time he could be outside,mowing the lawn on his favorite tractor. He enjoyed listening to Frank Sinatra every morning while reading the newspaper. Sam loved to share stories of his time in the Secret Service and his Army life with his family and friends. He was an avid lover of dogs especially German Shepherds which he owned many throughout the years. He is survived by his beloved wife of 57 years Lillian, and their 3 children David, Victoria and Elizabeth along with the family dog Koda. The family will hold a Celebration of Life Memorial later this Spring. If you would care to honor him with a donation in his name you may through the Alzheimer’s Association at God Bless America

I spoke to Sam at length in 2004. He was one of the good guys. He was one of many agents that told me that JFK never ordered the agents off his limo (Sam himself rode on the rear of the limo in Ireland and Germany). Sam was stationed at the Trade Mart on 11/22/63.

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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