No More Silence
An Oral History of the Assassination of President Kennedy
Publication Year: 2002
Published by: University of North Texas Press
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When I fIrst became involved in researching the assassination of President Kennedy, I was told by a fellow researcher: "Don't expect encouragement in your research from much of anybody. Most are either so absorbed in their own research, or will be ...
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Like most everyone who is old enough to remember the tragic events of November 22, 1963, I recall in vivid detail what I was doing when I heard the startling news from Dallas about the shooting at the Kennedy motorcade. I was at the local Sears store ...
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After delivering his hometown newspaper as a boy in West Texas, Jim Ewell became interested in a career in journalism. After attending Hardin-Simmons College, Ewell began as a cub reporter for the Abilene Reporter News. Specializing in crime reporting and interested in police work, he ...
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The day the tragedy occurred I was the science editor for the Dallas News and had an interview set up at SMU with a scientist whose name I have long since forgotten. But due to there being a great deal of excitement in Dallas that day, I instead decided to ...
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Born in 1918, James W. Altgens is a native Dallasite who earned a degree from Southern Methodist University after his discharge from the Coast Guard in 1945. For several years following the war, Altgens supplemented his income by doing television commercials and working as ...
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A veteran of the Second World War in the Ranger battalions, Brehm is one of the very few to have witnessed two of the epic events of the twentieth century: the D-Day invasion and the John F. Kennedy assassination. At the time ·of the assassination, Brehm was a carpet salesman for Montgomery ...
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Born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas, Ruth Dean attended classes and met her future husband at West College in Mississippi. After moving to Texas, she was employed by the MacMillan Publishing Company, the only job she ever ...
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Our offices were on the third floor of the Texas School Book Depository at 411 Elm Street as were those of MacMillan and many other companies. For many years prior to the assassination, I was the head bookkeeper and eventually was the office ...
Clemon Earl Johnson
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Born in Hopkins County, Texas, one hundred miles east of Dallas, Clemon Earl Johnson moved to Dallas in 1922. After working at various jobs, including the Dallas Gas Company, Sears-Roebuck, a furniture company, Greyhound Bus Company, and as an undertaker, Johnson was ...
Roy E. Lewis
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Originally from Carthage, Texas, Roy E. Lewis was married in 1962 and went to work part-time that same year at the Texas School Book Depository. His work eventually evolved into a full-time job. Lewis was an eyewitness to the assassination while standing on the front steps of the ...
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Born on November 8, 1920, in Campbell, Texas, T.E. Moore moved to Dallas in 1922. After attending Bowie Elementary and Oak Cliff High School, he worked for Henderson Wholesale, a tobacco jobber, from 1938 to 1942 and from 1946 to 1959, interrupted by service in the Army during ...
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Standing near the curb on the north side of Elm Street, Bill Newman, along with his wife Gayle and two sons, was one of the closest eyewitnesses at the moment President Kennedy received the fatal head wound. The term the "grassy knoll" was coined during his interview on WFAA-TV shortly ...
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Born and raised in Dallas, Summers graduated from Crozier Tech High School, joined the Aviation Cadets in 1944, and after the Second World War, was placed in the Reserves. Called to active duty during the Korean Conflict, Summers served eighteen months in the Air Force. At the time cf ...
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Originally from Indiana, James Tague moved to the Dallas area in 1956 while in the Air Force, married a Texas girl, and later fathered five children. By 1960 he was employed in the automobile business. He is sometimes referred to by some assassination ...
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Born in Cooke County, Texas, northeast of Dallas in 1899, Otis Williams graduated from Valley View High School in 1916, attended Metropolitan Business College and then went to work for the Southern Publishing Company, a school book publisher, where he served in numerous ...
The Police: Initial Reactions
Marrion L. Baker
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Patrolman Baker was born in the small town of Blum located in Hill County, Texas. After moving to Dallas in 1940, Baker later graduated from W.H. Adamson High School, located in Oak Cliff only a few blocks from where Officer J.D. Tippit allegedly was slain by Oswald. Baker worked at a ...
James W. Courson
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Jim Courson served in the Marine Corps during the Korean War and joined the Dallas Police Department after his discharge in 1954. Two years later, in 1956, he became a solo motorcycle officer and was assigned to escort the Kennedy motorcade ...
Bobby Joe Dale
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Born and raised in Dallas, Bobby Joe Dale served in the Navy as a boilennan during the Korean Conflict. Following his discharge in 1953, Dale considered working in boilershops, but remembering the heat involved with the job, he instead joined the Dallas Police Department in 1954 as a ...
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Born in 1918 in Laredo, Texas, and raised in San Antonio, "Steve" Ellis* graduated from Brackinridge High School and later attended college in the military. During the Second World War, he joined the National Guard and served as an MP. Ellis began his career with the Dallas Police ...
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Born and raised in Avery, Texas, Bill Lumpkin worked at General Dynamics as an aircraft electrician after serving a hitch in the military. He joined the Dallas Police Department in 1953 and was assigned as one of the lead motorcycle officers ...
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Born in the piney woods of East Texas in Nacogdoches County, H.B. McLain moved to Dallas in 1942, attended high school for six weeks, then joined the Merchant Marines during the Second World War. After joining the Dallas Police Department in 1953, he worked in the Patrol and Burglary ...
James C. Bowles
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After serving a stint in the Navy and later operating a small business, James Bowles joined the Dallas Police Department in 1951. In 1963, Bowles was the communications supervisor of the dispatch office. In the years following the assassination, Bowles transcribed the so-called Dallas ...
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Born and raised in Dallas, Joe Murphy was offered a contract to play baseball in the Chicago White Sox organization. After playing a year at Midland in the West Texas-Mexican League and later for a semi-pro team in Baytown, Texas, he returned to Dallas and upon the advise of an uncle, joined the ...
Edgar L. Smith
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Born in Myrtle Springs, about fifty miles east of Dallas, Ed Smith moved to Dallas at the age often, graduated from Crozier Tech High School in Dallas in 1950 and joined the Dallas Police Department in 1956. Beginning in Radio Patrol, Smith went into the Traffic Division in ...
David V. Harkness
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After having served four years in the U.S. Coast Guard during the Second World War, Harkness joined the Dallas Police Department July 8th, 1946. Prior to 1963, Harkness had worked in the Patrol Division, as an accident investigator in the Traffic Division, in school safety, and then as ...
J. W. Foster
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J. W. Foster was born in Italy, Texas, and was raised in nearby Hillsboro. After serving in the military, he worked at construction jobs fer ten years prior to joining the Dallas Police Department in 1955. For the next seven years he worked in Radio Patrol, and at the time of the ...
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Born and raised in Dallas, Jack Faulkner lived next door to Bill Decker, who was elected sheriff of Dallas County in 1948. Faulkner then joined the sheriffs department on ...
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A native Texan, born in Hopkins County, eighty miles east of Dallas, and a veteran of the 764th Amphibious Tank Tractor Battalion in World War II, Luke Mooney, upon discharge in 1946 attended a business college and later worked in the automobile business. After declining a transfer to a ...
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Born and raised in Dallas, Carl Day graduated from high school in 1932. After working for a machinery company during the Depression, Day joined the Dallas Police Department in 1940. Interrupted by a three-year stint in the Navy during World War Two, he returned to his patrol ...
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Vincent Drain attended what is now the University of North Texas in Denton then took civilian pilot training for the Air Corps. After being washed out due to imperfect vision, Drain taught school and coached football prior to his joining the FBI in ...
Elmo L. Cunningham
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Born and raised in Navarro County, Texas, Elmo Cunningham served over seven years in the Marine Corps then came to Dallas after the Second World War and joined the Dallas Police Department in June 1946. After serving three years as a patrolman and ten years as a detective, Cunningham was ...
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Paul Bentley joined the Dallas Police Department in March 1947. After successful stints with various bureaus such as the Racket's Squad, Vice, Narcotics, Burglary and Theft, and the Fugitive Squad, he was selected to attend polygraph school. From 1951 till his retirement in 1968, Bentley ...
Gerald L. Hill
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Graduating from W.H. Adamson High School, just a few blocks from the scene of the Tippit shooting, Jerry Hill worked at the Dallas Times Herald, eventually becoming the radio and television editor. Hill then covered television news for the Dallas Bureau of Channel 5 out of Fort ...
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Born in Mississippi and reared in Dallas, John Toney served in the Merchant Marine and later in the Army with the 1 st Cavalry Division in the occupation of Japan. After his Army stint, Toney joined the Dallas Police Department, serving initially as a patrolman and then in the Motorcycle ...
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Born in 1917 in Arkansas and graduated from Benton High School, "Pinky" Westbrook came to Dallas in 1937 and joined the Dallas Police Department in 1941. On November 22, 1963, Westbrook held the rank cf captain in charge of the ...
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Born in Dallas in 1931 and graduated from high school in Wiley, Texas, Roy Westphal attended East Texas State University for a year and eventually joined the Dallas Police Department in December 1953. He worked in various divisions in the police department including: Patrol, Burglary and ...
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Born in Arkansas, Gus Rose moved to Texas during the Second World War and graduated from Grand Prairie High School. Upon joining the Dallas Police Department in 1954, he worked in Patrol for four years, was promoted to detective, worked in Burglary and Theft for two and a half ...
Harry D. Holmes
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Born in Indian Territory in 1905, after having moved to Kansas City in 1917, Harry Holmes worked his way through his early school years in a toy factory, a bakery, and as a lamplighter. After taking an examination, he eventually became a mail handler and attended school part-time to become a ...
The Oswald Transfer and Aftermath
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Born in rural Camp County, in 1918, L.C. Graves left the farm at the age of seventeen to serve in a Civilian Conservation Corps camp and later joined the Army for five years during the Second World War. While in the Army, he met his future wife, Myrt, at a Cotton Bowl exhibition in Dallas. Graves joined ...
James R. Leavelle
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Born and raised in Red River County in Northeast Texas, James Leavelle joined the Navy in 1939 and served on board the USS Whitney in the Pacific Theater. After his discharge, Leavelle then joined the Dallas Police Department in 1950. Serving as a detective in ...
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Born in Lewisville, Texas, L.D. Montgomery graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in Dallas and served in the Navy during the Korean War from 1951 to '53. After attending North Texas State University for a year, he joined the Dallas Police Department in 1954. Promoted in ...
Charles O. Arnett
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Born in 1911 near Coppell in Dallas County, Texas, and raised in Estell and Euless, Charles Arnett, upon high school graduation, drove buses for Continental Trailways and later an eighteen-wheeler for Certainty Products Company for 27 years, delivering in seven states. During that time, Arnett ...
Orville A. Jones
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Raised in a family whose father worked in the oil fields, Orville Jones moved numerous times in his early years throughout Texas, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Illinois before coming to Dallas after Pearl Harbor. Jones joined the Dallas Police Department in 1942 then served with ...
Rio S. Pierce
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Born in Turkey, Texas, and raised in Littlefield, Rio Pierce entered the United States Marine Corps during the Second World War and served with distinction in the South Pacific. He joined the Dallas Police Department in 1946 and gained the reputation ...
Roy S. Vaughn
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Roy Vaughn joined the Navy in 1954 and served in air squadrons and on several aircraft carriers. Upon discharge in May 1958, he worked for a freight line until passing a civil service exam in September of that year. The following month Vaughn joined the Dallas Police Department. Working ...
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Born in Cooke County, eighty miles north of Dallas, Don Flusche was educated at St. Mary's Parish Parochial School, then moved to Dallas and graduated from Jesuit High School in 1945. After a short stint at Western-Electric Company, a subsidiary of the Bell System, he served in the Anny ...
Joe R. Cody
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Born in Dallas, Joe Cody joined the military in January 1944 and later attended North Texas State University. After playing professional sports, Cody then joined the Dallas Police Department in 1950 serving as a patrol officer until 1954, then as a detective in Narcotics and Vice. Later, he and ...
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Born in Hopkins County, Texas in 1930, Bill Courson joined the Marine Corps, became a drill instructor, and served in the Korean War. After leaving the Corps in 1958, he drove a Continental Trailways bus out of San Antonio and joined the Dallas County Sheriffs Department in January ...
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Al Maddox was born in Limestone County, Texas, in 1930. Following graduation from high school, Maddox attended college, then joined the Navy where he remained eleven years. Upon discharge, he then finished college at Sam Houston University in Huntsville, Texas, and later ...
W.W. “Bo” Mabra
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Born and raised on a farm in Dallas County, Bo Mabra spent ten years working in a machine shop before joining the Dallas County Sheriff's Department in March 1950. Mabra was present in Dealey Plaza on November 22, 1963, and later was one of the two bailiffs in the Jack Ruby ...
William F. “Bill” Alexander
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Born and raised in Wichita Falls, Texas, Bill Alexander attended New Mexico Military Institute, the University of Arkansas, and Southern Methodist University. After serving in the infantry in Italy during the Second World War, he joined the district attorney's office in Dallas in ...
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In the aftermath of the tragic events of that weekend, the majority of those featured in this book, for the most part, returned to their everyday lives and sought the anonymity of ordinary people who had been placed in extraordinary ...
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Page Count: 648
Illustrations: 69 b&w illus.
Publication Year: 2002