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Old 11-21-2012, 09:55 PM   #21
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I had the opportunity to visit the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza a couple of years ago. I was fascinated by the shooter's position. Before my visit I had been under the delusion that the assassination of JFK was an incredible feat of marksmanship. However, from the shooter's position I could see that the kill shot required only average marksmanship.

Lee Harvey Oswald had qualified as a "Sharpshooter" in the USMC. This is good, but not the best. The four levels of rifle marksmanship medals in the USMC range from the best "Expert" down a step to "Sharpshooter" down another step to "Marksman" and last the dreaded "UNQ" (unqualified).

At the time the Italian war-surplus rifle like the rifle allegedly used could be bought for about $12. Lee Harvey Oswald bought a rifle with a scope already mounted on it for about $30.
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Old 11-22-2012, 04:45 AM   #22
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I was in the third grade in Oceanside, CA. They announced it to the school over the PA. My thought at the time was "this is not good".

School was closed the next day. I remember going outside and not seeing many cars or people then remembered. It was the first time I remember reading a newspaper headline.
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Old 11-22-2012, 06:09 AM   #23
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Thanks for sharing. I was not even born yet. The wiki article is well written and makes interesting reading for those, like me, who come from abroad and who are interested in US history.
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Old 11-22-2012, 07:18 AM   #24
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I had the opportunity to visit the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza a couple of years ago. I was fascinated by the shooter's position. Before my visit I had been under the delusion that the assassination of JFK was an incredible feat of marksmanship. However, from the shooter's position I could see that the kill shot required only average marksmanship.

Lee Harvey Oswald had qualified as a "Sharpshooter" in the USMC. This is good, but not the best. The four levels of rifle marksmanship medals in the USMC range from the best "Expert" down a step to "Sharpshooter" down another step to "Marksman" and last the dreaded "UNQ" (unqualified).

At the time the Italian war-surplus rifle like the rifle allegedly used could be bought for about $12. Lee Harvey Oswald bought a rifle with a scope already mounted on it for about $30.
I have been there too. The position behind the fence where some say a second shooter was is a much easier shot.
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Have Caroline, JFK Jr., or Ted ever expressly said whether they believe Oswald acted alone? If so, that would answer the question for me. Of anyone, Kennedy's kids and brother would have inside information, one would think, and the purest motives for wanting to get to the truth.
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Presidents up until Kennedy always wore hats. Prime suspects to me are haberdashers.
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For those interested in this subject, I'd recommend "11/22/63" by Stephen King. It's based on a man who found a way to travel back in time and struggled with the possibility of changing history by preventing the Kennedy assassination. Classic King with great descriptions of life in those times. I loved it.
Purron, I usually do not read fiction, as I prefer non-fiction. However, the premise of 11/22/63 intrigued me, and I had never read a Stephen King novel before. Although it is a huge novel, some 800-plus, pages, it was a quick read. But, by the end, I was somewhat disappointed.

SPOILER ALERT! Do not read this post further if you plan to read 11/22/63.

I am a history fan; that was a primary reason I wanted to read this novel. It had a great premise. And I like to read stuff about the history of rock music. Jake Epping, the protagonist in 11/22/63, has a fondness for great writers, but does virtually nothing during the time he is back in time to meet some of the greats of that field, or to be present at historic events. (In the novel, he goes back to late 1958 and then has to live a few years to get to November 1963.) Instead, the novel concentrates more on a romantic relationship Epping has. For me, while waiting to get to 1963, I would have traveled to see some of the great rock musicians of the time. Like maybe go to Iowa in February 1959 to tell Buddy, Ritchie and the Big Bopper not to get on that plane. )Then later learn what repercussions that had on rock music history.) And go to Hamburg August 1960 to see the baby Beatles. (Maybe there would never had been The Beatles if Buddy Holly had lived.) And to be at other historic moments 1958-1963. Or simply observe long-gone but dearly beloved family members alive at that time, without bothering them. Other stuff like that. So, I was a bit disappointed that the novel did not have more stuff like that. But again, I did read the entire novel, so I give King credit for holding my attention.
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Presidents up until Kennedy always wore hats. Prime suspects to me are haberdashers.
So bad but so funny.
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It's a book V. 849 pages long. And the questions you raised are just the things Stephen King thought of when writing this. I think you might like it based upon your comments.
Gee this does sound interesting, thanks for the tip. I'll see if I can get this via inter library loan. It's been 5 years since I have read anything by SK. Some of his books are fantastic and some have been lousy. 800 pages? That's a short story for him!
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