The Kennedy Detail Comes to Life on The Discovery Channel
November 21, 2010
November 21, 2010
In June 2010, seven Secret Service agents who were on the Kennedy Secret Service Detail reunited in Dallas for the emotional filming of a Discovery Channel special documentary based on the book, The Kennedy Detail. It was an unforgettable experience that brought back fond memories of the brotherhood of our close-knit group, but that, of course, also forced us to relive the most tragic day of our lives.
If the budget had allowed, I would have invited every agent who had served on the Kennedy Detail to attend, however, I had to select those, still living, who had a prominent role on the day of the assassination. The agents in the production were Clint Hill, Paul Landis, Win Lawson, Ron Pontius, Tom Wells, Toby Chandler, and myself in Dallas, with Dave Grant participating from Washington, DC.
After the assassination, the tragedy was never discussed among the agents except for inquiries or technical discussions. Emotionally the matter was privately sealed in our minds and hearts. The “Code of Silence” that we had vowed to live by became even more important in the aftermath, as countless theories about the assassination festered.
For nearly half a century, this code of silence has ruled our lives. The time had come to break our silence and reveal what we knew about the events surrounding President Kennedy’s brutal assassination. The documentary and the book bring to life the unimaginable horror of being on the front lines of one of the most tragic days in our nation’s history. The incarcerated emotions of each of the agents broke loose and the reunion accomplished the goal of drawing away the curtains of silence. Finally, the healing had begun.
Gerald Blaine and Kenneth Atchity
Gerald S. Blaine and Lisa McCubbin
Renegade83's Jay Renfroe, David Garfinkle and with Paul Landis
Director Vince DiPersio
Clint Hill, AEI's Chi-Li Wong and Paul Landis
Toby Chandler, Clint Hill, Vince DiPersio, Lisa McCubbin
Paul Landis, Jerry Blaine, Assoc. Prod. Liza Maddrey (Love Field)
Toby Chandler and Gerald Blaine