JFK secret service agent breaks his silence on assassination of president 48 years ago
By Leon Bibb, newsnet5.com
CLEVELAND - A former U.S. presidential secret service agent, who was with President John Kennedy the day the president was assassinated, now walks the quiet halls of the Western Reserve Historical Society, a Cleveland museum dedicated to the history of Northeast Ohio.
Paul Landis was in Dallas as part of the Kennedy secret service detail November 22, 1963, when bullets flashed through the sunlit Texas air, striking the president, killing him.
"I heard the gunshot," said Landis. "It came over my right shoulder."
Landis was within a few feet of the presidential limousine, the top of which had been removed at the president's request. Movies of that day show Landis and several other secret service agents trailing the limousine as each man watched for any unusual movement in the crowds of people who had lined Dallas streets to get a view of the nation's chief executive.
Landis said when he heard the first shot, his eyes turned toward where he thought the shot had originated. Still searching the crowd, there came another shot in quick succession.
"And when my eyes came back to the president again, it was a third shot and that was the one that hit him in the head," Landis remembered.
Dressed in a blue sweater with an shirt underneath, Landis sat quietly in one of the rooms of the Western Reserve Historical Society, where he has worked as a security guard for many years. Without emotion, he told the story of how he had joined the Secret Service.
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