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From the BUIOH Vault: The JFK Assassination

Nov. 22, 2013

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On this 50'th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas, TX, the BUIOH has selected two unique memories to highlight concerning the events of that fateful day and the subsequent aftermath. Included are audio clips of the testimony courtesy of our in-progress digitization efforts.

The first selection comes from the oral memoirs of Congressman William Robert "Bob" Poage. Mr. Poage was serving as a US Representative of the 11'th District of Texas at the time, and he details how he received the news of the murder as well as his travel schedule in the days immediately following the assassination, including his attendance at the official state funeral. Also included are Congressman Poage's comments on the general mood of the Texas delegation both before and after the presidential visit.

Listen to the audio clip (24m): Kennedy - Poage Audio

Read an excerpt of the transcript: Transcript PDF

Browse the complete memoir: Click Here

Our second selection comes from the oral history memoirs of Leon Jaworski. Born in Waco, TX, Mr. Jaworski had a very distinguished career as a lawyer. In 1925 at the age of twenty he was the youngest individual admitted to the Texas bar. He served as a prosecutor for the US Army during WWII, then as a special prosecutor for several noteworthy cases including the Nuremberg War Crime Trials, the Warren Commission and the Watergate Investigations.

It is his recollection of his service on the Warren Commission, which investigated the circumstances surrounding the assassination of President Kennedy, that is the main thrust of the following excerpt. Also highlighted are the details of where he was during the assassination and the efforts to balance the calls for an investigation at the state level in Texas vs. the federal level he eventually served on.

Listen to the audio clip (65m): Kennedy - Jaworski Audio

Read an excerpt of the transcript: Transcript PDF

Browse the complete memoir: Click Here

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