«NOVEMBER 22, 1963 (Friday) 12:00 AM (Nov. 22, 1963) Nine Secret Service agents drinking at Pat Kirkwood’s bar the “Cellar Door” in Fort Worth, ...»
It will be later revealed that the 112th MI Group, which maintains an office in Dallas, had possessed a file on a man named “Harvey Lee Oswald,” identifying him as a pro-communist who had been in Russia and had been involved in pro-Castro activities in New Orleans.
This military file erroneously gives Oswald’s address as 605 Elsbeth, the same mistake found on jack Revill’s list. Apparently military intelligence is swift in providing Dallas police with information on Oswald, the man who will come to be labeled as the lone assassin of Kennedy. It is a fact that several Dallas police officers also serve in various military reserve units and are therefore in close contact with military intelligence. Information on Oswald apparently comes from the 112th MIG’s operations officer, Lt. Col. Robert E. Jones, who is stationed at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio. Testifying to the House Select Committee on Assassinations, Jones will say that on the afternoon of the assassination he receives a call from his agents in Dallas advising that a man named A.J. Hidell has been arrested. (This is most interesting because, while Oswald did carry some cards identifying him as Hidell, no mention is made of this in the media today indicating a close relationship between the M.I. agents and Dallas Police.) Jones will testify that he begins a search of his intelligence indexes and locates a file on A.J. Hidell which cross-references into one for Lee Harvey Oswald. He says he then contacts the FBI in both San Antonio and Dallas with his information. The files on Hidell and Oswald give detailed information about his trip to Russia as well as pro-Castro activities in New Orleans. Jones says he had become aware of Oswald in the summer of 1963 when information had been passed along by the New Orleans Police Department regarding his arrest there. He says the 112th MIG took an interest in Oswald
as a possible counterintelligence threat. The House committee, remarking on how quickly the military found files on Oswald, will state:
“This information suggested the existence of a military intelligence file on Oswald and raised the possibility that he had intelligence associations of some kind.” The Warren Commission will specifically ask to see any military files regarding Oswald but will never be shown the files mentioned by Jones or any others. In 1978, when the House Select Committee on Assassinations learns of these files and requests them from the military, they will be told the files have been “destroyed routinely” in 1973. Even more troublesome is the military’s file on A.J. Hidell. Jones states that Hidell is an alias used by Oswald, which accounts for the fact that the two files were crossindexed. However, nowhere in the vast documentation of Oswald’s life did he ever actually use A.J. Hidell as an alias - the exceptions being when he mail-ordered the rifle allegedly used to kill Kennedy and the pistol allegedly used to kill Officer Tippit using the name Hidell and the use of the name Hidell on Fair Play for Cuba literature. This raises two possibilities. Either military intelligence had some independent knowledge of Oswald’s purchase of the weapons which took place long before he arrived in New Orleans (Were they monitoring his Dallas post office box?) or someone, perhaps even Oswald himself, informed the military of his purchases. In either event it appears that the U. S. military knew more about Oswald and his weapons than has yet been made public. Crossfire Two important Secret Service reports regarding possible assassination attempts against JFK have now been transmitted to other field offices. The only field office NOT to receive these two reports is the office in Dallas, Texas.
Sheriff Bill Decker calls plainclothes men, detectives and warrant men into his office, tells them that JFK is coming to Dallas and that the motorcade will come down Main St. Decker advises his employees to stand out in front of the building but to take no part whatsoever in the security of the motorcade. Uniformed policemen lining the motorcade route in downtown Dallas are instructed to stand with their backs to the crowd and to face the motorcade. This order is not used in any other city and violates standard Presidential security measures since it does not allow the police to watch either the crowds or the buildings along the route. Further, the Dallas Police have decided to OFFICIALLY end their security supervision for the motorcade one block short of the full route. This unsupervised block includes Dealey Plaza.
Also, this morning, hours PRIOR to the assassination of JFK, the CIA turns a photograph over to the FBI which reports to show Lee Harvey Oswald in Mexico City leaving a suspect embassy (the CIA at one time implied it is the Cuban Embassy and at another time asserts it is the Soviet Embassy.) The photo, as since proved, is NOT Oswald.
10:32 AM (Nov. 22, 1963) LBJ introduces his sister to JFK in the President’s Forth Worth hotel suite.
In Dallas, Jack Beers - photographer for the Dallas Morning News arrives at Love Field. It is raining and still very overcast.
Beers sees many placards with things printed on them such as “Let’s Bury King John,” “Onward J.F.K.,” “Help JFK Stamp Out Democracy.” Beers discusses the limo’s bubble top with a Secret Service agent. The agent explains that the top is stowed in the trunk of the car. The bubble has to be assembled by hand in case it is needed.” PKHBS Front page headlines of The Dallas Morning News state: “Storm Of Political Controversy Swirls Around Kennedy on Visit.” 10:40 AM (Nov. 22, 1963) JFK’s motorcade leaves the Texas Hotel for Carswell Air Force Base in Fort Worth in order to make the thirteen-minute flight to Dallas. There will be 36 people aboard Air Force One - not including the crew.
AIR FORCE ONE: Air Force One is a customized Boeing 707 familiar to most Americans through the media. Although the plane is maintained and flown by select U.S. Air Force personnel, it appears on the exterior identical to a commercial 707 except for the legend “United States of America” painted in large white letters above the windows on either side. The craft has been officially designated #26000 and bears the Secret Service code name “Angel.” 11:00 AM (Nov. 22, 1963) Julia Ann Mercer, twenty-three years old, is driving west on Elm St. A few yards beyond the triple underpass, Miss Mercer’s car is blocked from continuing by a green pickup truck parked partly on the curb. Mercer waits as long as three minutes during which a man removes a package that she believes is a rifle wrapped in paper. The young man walks up the embankment in the direction of the grassy knoll area in Dealey Plaza. This is the last time she sees him. She will later identify the driver of the truck as Jack Ruby. Two patrolmen - E.V. Brown and Joe Murphy - also observe this stalled pickup truck. According to them, it contains three construction workers. One of the patrolmen testifies that he assists in helping them get the truck moving again. “There were three construction men in this truck, and he took one to the bank building to obtain another truck in order to assist in moving the stalled one.
The other two men remained with the pickup truck along with two other officers. Shortly prior to the arrival of the motorcade, the man he had taken to the bank building returned with a second truck, and all three of the men left with the two trucks, one pushing the other.” Six Seconds In Dallas by Josiah Thompson Author’s Note: Gerald Posner will eventually write that “the Mercer story was fully discredited by December 9, 1963... subsequent investigation revealed that the truck, which had stalled, belonged to a local construction company; it had three men inside, and they did take tools from the rear of the truck to fix it. They were under constant surveillance by three Dallas policemen.” (Some of the information for this entry was also taken from PROBE Sept.- Oct. 1999) Robert MacNeil of NBC News remembers : “We were seven minutes behind schedule leaving for Dallas. Our press bus ran straight up to the press plane, a Pan Am Boeing 707. We raced aboard and immediately taxied out for the takeoff. As soon as the doors were closed, the stewardesses began dispensing the Bloody Marys that were traditional on press planes. The flight lasted eight minutes.” Julius Hardee will tell The Dallas Morning News that he sees three men on top of the Triple underpass this morning carrying either shotguns or rifles. Whether these men are police officers or not will never be determined. Hardee claims he reported the incident to the FBI but no report about the incident has yet surfaced.
According to Jack Ruby, this is the time he goes to Tony Zoppi’s office to pick up Weimar brochure.
SS agents Sorrels, Kinney and Hickey drive the motorcade cars (this includes the Presidential limousine) to the area at Love Field where the President is to be met when he arrives on Air Force One. TDKWS 11:03 AM (Nov. 22, 1963) Six members of the President’s cabinet leave Honolulu for Japan by plane. Copies of their speeches have already been sent ahead. Some of these speeches will be printed in newspapers following the assassination as though nothing had occurred.
It is highly unusual, if not unheard of, for so many members of the Presidential cabinet to be away from the nation’s capitol at a given time.
11:10 AM (Nov. 22, 1963) According to Jack Ruby, he is now talking to a salesman about the owner of the Castaway Club.
11:15 AM (Nov. 22, 1963) Photographer James W. Altgens walks over to the triple underpass where Main, Elm, and Commerce Streets travel under the railroad tracks. Two uniformed police officers assigned from the Traffic Division, J. W. Foster and J. C. White, are stationed on top of the underpass. Foster comes over and challenges Altgens - asking if he is a railroad employee. Altgens says “No,” shows him his press tag, and explains that he has a Department of Public Safety ID card, and is assigned by AP to take some photos of the motorcade. The officer is adamant that this is private property, and no one but railroad personnel are permitted in the area. The officer does not deny access to the area for security reasons, but with the fact that it is private property. POTP It is speculated that Police officer J.D. Tippit goes home for lunch at about this time.
* According to another publication, this verse is included in the first CIA Intelligence Report given to LBJ by the CIA after he became President.
11:30 AM (Nov. 22, 1963) Jerry Coley, a thirty-year old employee of the Dallas Morning News, and a friend, Charlie Mulkey, leave the Morning News building sometime before 11:30 AM and head toward Dealey Plaza, looking for a good vantage point to watch the motorcade. They finally take up a position near the entrance of the old county jail on Houston Street, a short distance from the TSBD.
J.D. Tippit arrives home for lunch. (WM) A few hours ago, Mrs. Tippit received a call from the nurse at her son’s school, telling her he was vomiting and needed to come home. So Tippit’s son, Allen, is at home when his father comes home for lunch. “I made J.D. a sandwich, and he had some fried potatoes with it,” Mrs. Tippit remembers. When Officer Tippit leaves to return to duty, his wife and oldest son turn on the television in hopes of hearing details about the visit of the president, for whom both the Tippits have reportedly voted.
At their home in Miami Beach, Florida John Martino and his wife Robbyn are talking about going to the Americana for lunch.
An announcement comes over the radio concerning JFK’s trip to Texas. According to Robbyn, John Martino then tells her: “They’re going to kill him. They’re going to kill him when he gets to Dallas.” (Martino is a CIA-Mafia operative) Sixteen-year-old Amos Euins, a ninth grader at Franklin D. Roosevelt, leaves school in order to head downtown Dallas to see the motorcade. His mother drives him downtown, but has to leave him there because she has to go to work.
11:35 AM (Nov. 22, 1963) Air Force Two lands at Love Field. Lyndon Johnson and Mrs. Johnson are aboard this plane. They disembark and, as is the routine, prepare to greet JFK when his plane arrives.
11:38 AM (Nov. 22, 1963) J. Edgar Hoover receives a telephone call from Dwight D. Eisenhower with news that he has heard from his friend Fred Friendly at CBS that “a campaign to undermine the FBI and me is forming.” There is no further elaboration of this message, but Hoover urges Eisenhower to have Friendly call him for an interview so that Hoover can “set the record straight.” 11:39 AM (Nov. 23, 1963) Air Force One lands at Love Field - Runway 31. For JFK, landing at Dallas completes 75,682 miles of travel in Air Force One -- approximately three times around the world in one year. During the nine months prior to this day, the Secret Service has received more than four hundred threats on the President’s life.
Mrs. Connally will recall: “There was a tremendous roar when the plane put down and the door opened and out stepped Mrs.
Kennedy, who looked beautiful, just like everybody expected, and then the handsome young President coming out behind her. I get goose pimples now thinking about it. It really was an exciting moment in our life.” 11:40 AM (Nov. 22, 1963) Dallas Police Chief Jesse Curry meets President Kennedy at Love Field. JFK is impressed with the turnout and exclaims, “This doesn’t look like an anti-Kennedy crowd.” Police Ban (Channel 2) -- Curry asks for a weather report. Is told that it should be “fair” for most of the day. Report of large crowds gathering along the route.
Dallas Policeman (motorcycle escort), Marrion L. Baker: “When we got to the airport, our sergeant instructed me that there wouldn’t be anybody riding beside the President’s car.” Baker receives these instructions about five minutes before the motorcade leaves Love Field.