John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States, was assassinated at 12:30 p.m. Central Standard Time on Friday, November 22, 1963, in Dealey Plaza, Dallas, Texas. Kennedy was fatally shot by a sniper while traveling with his wife Jacqueline, Texas Governor John Connally, and Connally's wife Nellie, in a presidential motorcade.
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John F. Kennedy Lt(jg) USS Navy
Before he was a Member of Congress and before he was a US Senator, and long before he was a President; he was a sailor who gave to our nation; as did millions of others during World War II, honorable service while in uniform.

This collection is just a small selection of comments by a few former sailors about the tragic death of another sailor -- one who later became the President of the United States of America.   It is made up of various Submariner memories; their thoughts and where they were  -- on that day.

It was a day that started out like any other in America. But before it was over a bright line would drop through all our lives.  We could not know at the time that more than a President's murder had occurred. It was the beginning of a major course change far beyond our envisioning.

Afterwards people would ask one another, "Where were you on that day?"

On that day.     That day in 1963.

~~~ Sid Harrison

John F. Kennedy and crewmen of the PT-109       Solomon Islands  1943
Back:  (L-R) Allan Webb, Leon Drawdy, Edgar Mauer, Edmund Drewitch, John Maguire, Lt. (jg) John F. Kennedy (standing, far right).    Front:   (L-R) Charles Harris, Maurice Kowal, Andrew Kirksey, and Lenny Thom.

PT Boat Officers       Tulagi, Solomon Islands.   circa 1943
(L-R) James ("Jim") Reed, John F. ("Jack") Kennedy, George ("Barney") Ross [rear],
and Paul ("Red") Fay
Photograph in the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston.

Lt. (jg) John F. Kennedy aboard the PT-109 in the South Pacific, 1943.
Photograph in the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston.
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John F. Kennedy and Paul "Red" Fay in the South Pacific, World War II  1943
Lt.(jg) John F. Kennedy with his older brother, Ensign Joseph P. Kennedy Jr., circa May, 1942.   Turgeon Studios Photograph

Supplementary information about Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. who was killed on August 12, 1944:

"He was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross ... and also the Air Medal ... In 1946 a destroyer, the USS Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr., destroyer No. 850, was launched at the Fore River shipyards as the Navy's final tribute to a gallant officer and his heroic devotion to duty...."   More >>>  HERE
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