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After Nearly Fifty Years Under Code of Silence, JFK Secret Service Agents Speak Out in New Book

THE KENNEDY DETAIL: JFK’s Secret Service Agents Break Their Silence
By Gerald Blaine with Lisa McCubbin
Foreword by Clint Hill

In THE KENNEDY DETAIL: JFK’S Secret Service Agents Break Their Silence (Gallery Books; November 2, 2010; $28.00), Jerry Blaine – one of thirty-four Secret Service agents on President Kennedy’s detail when he was assassinated – sets history straight on what really happened that afternoon and in the months leading up to and following the tragedy. 

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Written with award-winning journalist Lisa McCubbin, this insider account includes contributions from many of the Secret Service agents who were serving on the Kennedy Detail, and draws upon their daily reports, expense accounts, personal notes, and vivid recollections.

Clint Hill, the agent who jumped on the back of the car immediately after the shooting and helped Jackie back down into her seat, has rarely contributed to any works on the assassination, until now.  As Hill writes in the Foreword, “I don’t talk to anybody about that day…It is only because of my complete faith and trust that Jerry Blaine would tell our story with dignity and unwavering honesty that I agreed to be involved.”

THE KENNEDY DETAIL is the only authoritative account of the events of that day from the men, like Clint Hill, who were there to guard the president’s life.

As Blaine writes, “Every man on the Kennedy Detail would re-live those six seconds in Dallas a million times over.  For the rest of their lives, they would be defined by the assassination of JFK, questioned and blamed for failing to achieve the impossible.”

The Discovery Channel is producing a TV special based on The Kennedy Detail that airs in November and features rare footage from The Sixth Floor Museum’s collections.

The Sixth Floor Museum will host a free program with Jerry Blaine, Lisa McCubbin and Clint Hill on November 20, 2010 at 2:00 p.m.  Museum Curator Gary Mack will moderate a program and Q&A session, followed by a book-signing.  Books can be purchased at the Museum Store + Café for $28.00.

The program is free but advance seating reservations are required.  To make your reservation or to purchase a copy of the book, e-mail programs@jfk.org or call 214-747-6623.

Museum parking is available for $5.00. Visit www.jfk.org for more information.

Special Event

Q&A with Jerry Blaine, Lisa McCubbin and Clint Hill
Moderated by Museum Curator Gary Mack
November 20, 2010 at 2:00 p.m.
The Sixth Floor Museum, 411 Elm Street, Dallas, TX, 75202

The Sixth Floor Museum

The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza chronicles the assassination and legacy of President John F. Kennedy; interprets and supports the Dealey Plaza National Historic Landmark District and the John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza; and presents contemporary culture within the context of presidential history. Located at 411 Elm Street in downtown Dallas, the Museum is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday–Sunday and 12 to 6 p.m. Monday. Audio guides for the permanent exhibit are available in seven languages, and a youth version is available in English. For more information, visit www.jfk.org or call 214-747-6660.

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12 responses to “After Nearly Fifty Years Under Code of Silence, JFK Secret Service Agents Speak Out in New Book”

  1. Gerald Behn, Floyd Boring, Art Godfrey—ALL would be considered “the brass” (and who died years before this book was even a thought)—as well as Sam Kinney, Rufus Youngblood, Frank Yeager, Gerald O’Rourke, DAVE POWERS, Win Lawson, GERALD BLAINE (yes, HIM!) and a host of other former agents and White House aides, told Vince Palamara (IN WRITING and/ or on audio tape) that JFK was a very nice man, never interfered with the actions of the Secret Service at all, and DID NOT ORDER THE AGENTS OFF HIS CAR! Don’t believe any 47-year-old excuses: the film and photo record (and the statements of these men) don’t lie.

  2. I have interviewed and/or corresponded with close to 80 former agents, including Mr. Blaine. That said, as an outsider, I was definitely coming from a “cross examination” point of view, not an insider’s “direct/ friendly examination” standpoint. My greatest discovery …

    • We appreciate Mr. Palamara’s passion for the JFK assassination and the U.S. Secret Service. Please keep in mind that Dallas Art News is not the proper forum for this kind of discussion. We keep people informed about art, museums and galleries in Dallas, Fort Worth and around Texas.

      The Sixth Floor Museum usually falls outside our visual art realm, but they often have special exhibits like photographs by Bob Jackson and paintings by Peter Max.

  3. Paul Edwards says:

    My neighbor was a Secret Service Agent assigned to the White House, Emory Roberts. I believe he was driving the car just behind the president’s car when President Kennedy was shot. He has been retired for a long time now, but wonder if he is also involved in this revealation?

    • It wouldn’t hurt to check out The Sixth Floor Museum on Nov. 20th to see if your neighbor is mentioned. The museum provides great access to their special guest at these events. You could always ask them. Cheers.

  4. Dan Skopp says:

    I was a junior in high school when Jack Kennedy died. I never believed the stories about Oswald being the “lone” gunman. One day our children will know the “Real” story.

  5. Kay Heenan says:

    I remember that day…I was very young but it will stay with me forever. I was a history major in college. Why are the results of findings on that day still locked up? If I remember right…for 75 years, Why? I would like to know the truth before I die! Let’s demand to see the facts NOW!

    • That is one of the great things about The Sixth Floor Museum. They are bringing as much truth as possible to light each day. The museum is really great and their guests are truly historic. Cheers.

  6. gary gregory says:

    this is a cover up by the news media , texas, dallas, and the dallas law enforcement, fbi , hoover and so on .! the attorneys melvin belli prooved it , what more do you fools want

  7. Come see the duplicate Limo x100-2 now being booked around the county at state fairs. JFK REMEMBERED, THE EXHIBITION. Over 500 items including Kennedy’s sweater given to him at Camp David on his birthday, JFK’s Jewelry box given as a gift to the newly elected congressmen, and left at the LBJ Ranch on Nov.22, see Kennedy’s cuff-links, letters he signed,White House Ink pens used to sign bills such as THE PEACE CORPS and the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. See movies, his rocker, and original items from all of his remarkable life! Things were a little simpler, a little better, The Kennedy Years. THE MUSEUM EXPERIENCE YOU’LL NEVER FORGET. http://www.youtube.com/kennedycar

  8. Navy Chief (Flight Engineer) says:

    My understanding is the Chief Justice sealed the Warren commission report for 100 years, not 75 years. More than likely the purpose was to allow the country to heal it’s scar from the fact that our President was assassinated and they wanted to be sure, anyone that could have lived through that is no longer alive to really know our government experienced an attempted coup d’état supported by the Russians. The Russians were extremely humiliated by our win over the Cuban Missile Crisis. The other theory is the Mafia supported the Kennedy’s in 1960 to get Jack elected. When Jack became President, his brother was named AG, vowing to bring the Mafia down, who felt betrayed. Oswald was an associate to both elements. It never amazed me that Oswald was killed by Jack Ruby. Dead men don’t talk. If you have never been to the depository, you need to experience it, very sobering. I’m very eager to hear what these retired Secret Service Agents have to say, aren’t you?

  9. bubbamusic says:

    I was in fifth grade in Nov. 1963. If I remember, Jackie had a lot of things sealed for fifty years. We have another three years. Isn’t it sad that there is only one remaining member of JFK’s immediate family – Caroline.