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Guarding President Kennedy’s Casket

Casket of John F. Kennedy in East Room of the White House

Casket of John F. Kennedy in East Room of the White House

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Major William Lee relates his experience of guarding John F. Kennedy’s casket after the November, 1963 assassination of the President. As commander of the US Marine Corps’ Silent Drill Platoon, Major Lee helped organize the military ceremonial watch over the President while he lay in the East Wing of the White House and then the U.S. Capitol Rotunda. The retired Marine officer describes how he coped with both his own emotions and the duty at hand. The program was hosted by The Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas, Texas.

Updated: Monday, July 15, 2013 at 11:18am (ET)

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