As the United States remembers the 45th anniversary of Robert F. Kennedy's assassination, reporter Michelle Miller reflects on her late father's role in attempting to save the fatally shot senator
The CBS News correspondent's father, trauma surgeon Dr. Ross Miller, was a delegate in the audience on June 5, 1968, the night Kennedy was gunned down in the kitchen of the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles.
Seated with his wife, Miller rushed to the stage when a call was made seeking a doctor's assistance, minutes after the shooting took place.
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"He rushed, and it took some time to get back there," Michelle Miller told CBS Los Angeles. "People didn't believe he was actually a doctor; he was an African-American man."
Dr. Miller told his daughter about a Life Magazine photograph of Kennedy, with a caption that referenced him, though he wasn't pictured.
Upon further investigation, Michelle Miller discovered the FBI investigation into the assassination, and saw her father listed as the attending physician.
He then travelled to the hospital with Paul Schrade, a union official who was one of the six shooting victims that night.
Everyone but Kennedy survived.
Michelle's Miller real find was a six-minute interview her father conducted with CBS News, which had been referred to in the FBI Investigation. It includes questions about helping Kennedy.
Given hours after the shooting, Dr. Miller told CBS News correspondent Terry Drinkwater what he saw in the room.
"There was massive blood. And he had head injuries," Miller said. "The extent of them could not be ascertained immediately."
"I knew he was an excellent surgeon, but to see him in a crisis act with such precision," said Michelle Miller, "it just sent goose pimples through me. I'm proud of my dad."
Dr. Miller also told Drinkwater that he helped Schrade.
"He had a deep laceration of the forehead. And although he had a great deal of blood loss and there was a lot of blood around. Apparently his injuries are not critical," Miller said.
Despite his integral role in saving lives, Dr. Miller isn't shown in action. Photographer Bill Eppridge, who took many pictures that night, showed his unpublished work to Michelle, and she found her father in an image inside the Good Samaritan Hospital.
"Finally, the photographic proof that my dad actually did what he said," Miller said. "My family history [is] forever intertwined with the night that may have changed the course of American history."
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