Thursday, November 21, 2013

50 years ago this week, part 4: The others

When JFK was shot while riding in his limousine in Dallas, he was not alone; he wasn't even the only one shot.

The other five people in the car that day - 

...Bill Greer, the Secret Service agent assigned to drive that day, came in for a heavy dose of criticism for slowing down upon hearing the first shot, instead of immediately accelerating away from the scene.  He passed away in 1985 after a fight with cancer.

...Roy Kellerman, the senior Secret Service agent in the limousine, eventually rose in the ranks of the Secret Service before retiring in 1968.  He passed away in 1984.

...Nellie Connally, the wife of then-Texas governor John Connally, survived that day, and for many years more.  She was the last to pass away of the people in the limo that fateful day, living until 2006.  She was the author of a critically-lauded book about that day, "From Love Field: Our Final Hours with President John F. Kennedy".

...John Connally, the governor of Texas, was seriously wounded during the assassination, but later recovered from his wounds, going on to serve as Texas' governor until 1969.  He continued on in business, politics and government for many years, passing away in 1993.

...Jacqueline Kennedy, JFK's wife, survived that day.  She later moved on, marrying Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis in 1968.  When Onassis died in 1975, she became a widow for the second time.  She had a second career, becoming a publishing executive (actually, an editor) until her death in 1994.

Portrait courtesy C-SPAN

Note: the brevity of the bios is for the purpose of just that, brevity, only.  Their lives were far more interesting than I could truly convey in a few sentences.  However, as with the conspiracy theories surrounding the assassination and its aftermath, writing about them in-depth would keep me writing until the 100th anniversary.

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