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SSA Clint Hill Speaks About JFK’s Assassination For The First Time In 60 Years

SSA Clint Hill Speaks About JFK's Assassination For The First Time In 60 Years
SSA Clint Hill Speaks About JFK’s Assassination For The First Time In 60 Years

Secret Service Agent Clint Hill who was known as the man who tried to save John F. Kennedy has spoken about the former president’s assassination for the first time in 60 years. 

President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas in 1963: Wednesday, Nov. 22, marks the 60th anniversary of the assassination. 

Many images had been taken of the former president but one stood out. It showed a Secret Service agent jumping onto the back of the presidential limousine to shield the president and first lady.

Clint Hill, today 91 who was a secret service agent, told his story. 

“Before Dallas, I was known as just Clint Hill,” Hill told Radio Diaries. “After that, I’ve been known as the man who climbed onto the president’s car. Those six seconds in Dallas, it’s not an easy thing to live with.”

On the day of the assassination, Kennedy was in Dallas as part of a campaigning trip for the upcoming 1964 election. There were large crowds at Dallas Love Field where Air Force One landed. 

“By the time we got to Main [Street], the crowd was so large they could not be contained on the sidewalks,” Hill recalled. 

“People were hanging out of windows. They were on top of buildings. They were on fire escapes. Any place they could be to see the president and first lady.”

Hill was in the follow-up car behind the limousine that carried the President and the First Lady. As the motorcade progressed through Dealey Plaza, Clint recalled hearing a loud noise. 

“I didn’t think at first it was a gunshot,” Hill recalled. “I thought it was a firecracker or something. But when I saw the president’s reaction, I knew that was not normal. I mean, he threw his hands to his throat and started to fall to his left.”

Hill ran to the limousine from the follow-up car and climbed the back. As he got there, another shot hit John on the head. Hill used his body to guide the First Lady back into the vehicle. 

“I thought, ‘This wound is not survivable,'” Hill recalled. “I didn’t think he had a chance.”

Clint was filled with guilt because he felt he would have gotten there faster and he struggled for years. 

“We received no counseling at all,” Hill said of the Secret Service. “There was no PTSD in those days.”

Hill went on to serve three more presidents after his time with the First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. 

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