Ex-Secret Service Agent Hill: Oswald Was Lone Gunman

Wednesday, 27 Nov 2013 06:13 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

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Clint Hill, the Secret Service agent who famously jumped onto President John F. Kennedy's limousine as shots rang out in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963, says he is absolutely convinced Lee Harvey Oswald was the sole gunman that day.

"There were only three shots fired that day in Dealey Plaza. All three shots did come from the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository," Hill told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

"They were all fired through the same rifle by the same individual, Lee Harvey Oswald. There isn't any question about that," he said Wednesday.

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Hill, coauthor of the new book "Five Days in November," remembers the events of 50 years ago as if they had happened yesterday.

"As we traveled through Dallas, we got to a point where we were going down Elm Street right in front of the Texas School Book Depository, approaching the expressway, and I was on the car immediately behind the presidential vehicle," Hill said.

"I heard this explosive noise over my right shoulder. I immediately started to turn towards that noise, but I only got as far as the presidential vehicle and I saw the president's reaction.

"He grabbed as his throat, he moved to his left. I knew that was very unusual, something was wrong, and so I jumped from my position running towards the presidential vehicle in an attempt to get up on top of the back of the forward shield, the barrier there, so that no further damage could be done to the president."

Hill says that while the first shot hit Kennedy just below the neck line to the right of the spinal column and exited through his throat, it was the third shot that was devastating.

"It entered the right rear of the head . . . and exited the upper right rear quadrant of the skull. But it was so explosive that it caused an eruption of material, and that material came over myself, the rear of the car, Mrs. Kennedy," Hill recalled.

"It was blood, brain matter, and bone fragments. And when that happened, Mrs. Kennedy got up on the trunk of the car trying to retrieve some of that material. She was trying to gather it together.

"I got up on the back of the car. She didn't know I was there, but I got my hands on her and I put her in the back seat, and when I did that, the president's body fell farther to its left with his head in her lap, and then I could see his eyes were fixed, I could see the hole in the upper right rear of the skull. None of the brain matter in that area was still there. It was all destroyed."

He says he assumed the third shot was fatal.

"Mrs. Kennedy . . . was in shock. [She said,] 'I have his brains in my hand.' And she said, 'Oh, Jack! Oh, Jack! What have they done? Jack, oh, Jack! I love you, Jack!"'

Hill says that for years after the assassination of the nation's 35th president, he felt great guilt.

"I took a great deal of blame for what had happened. I felt a great deal of guilt because I felt that I should have been able to do more . . . I was very, very hard on myself," he said.

"I gradually began to improve, and then by 1990, I went back to Dallas, and that was the best thing I could have done."

"Five Days in November," written with Lisa McCubbin, is published by Gallery Books.

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