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Bill Greer Got A "Free Ride"


Bill Cheslock
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In the aftermath of the assassination, many Secret Service agents who were present in Fort Worth and/or Dallas were obligated to write depositions as to where and what they were doing on the night of November 21 and the early morning hours of November 22, 1963. One agent was not asked to write about his activities during this time. Where was Bill Greer, the driver of the presidential limousine the night of November 21st and the early morning hours of November 22, 1963?

In CE 1020, I found depositions which were written by the following agents who were in Fort Worth and/or Dallas: Arthur Godfrey, Roy Kellerman, Stewart Stout, Rufus Youngblood, Glen Bennett, Andrew Berger, Gerald Blaine, Paul Burns, Clint Hill, Richard Johnsen, Paul Landis, Donald Lawton, Ernest Olson, Gerald O'Rourke, John Ready, and Emory Roberts.

I find it interesting that investigators would want to know what agents Johnsen and Stout were doing during the time in question, when their posts were situated in the Trade Mart, a location President Kennedy never arrived at. Yet, investigators seemed to have no interest in Agent Greer's activities during the time in question, even though he had one of the most important jobs during the assassination........he was driving the the limousine that was ambushed in Dealey Plaza.

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Bill,

Great post! I have never read this before. You learn something new everyday. IMHO, the Secret Service itself got a free ride that day, and some really good critics are still willing to excuse their indefensible failure to react in Dealey Plaza.

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Bill,

Great post! I have never read this before. You learn something new everyday. IMHO, the Secret Service itself got a free ride that day, and some really good critics are still willing to excuse their indefensible failure to react in Dealey Plaza.

Don:

Actually, this entire segment of the Secret Service investigation is quite

enlightening. More than a couple of agents were out partying into the early hours

of November 22, 1963, hours before the assassination.

According to their depostitions, the following agents admitted to consuming

alcoholic beverages in the early morning hours of November 22, 1963;

Richard Johnsen, John Ready, Clint Hill, Ernest Olsson, Paul Landis, Donald Lawton, Andrew Berger, Paul Burns, and David Grant.

According to Secret Service regulations governing the use of liquor, Chief

James Rowley conceded that these men violated these regulations, but he did not

punish them, according to an AP wire story, because it would place an undeserved stigma on them.

Bill C.

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Hi Bill,

  Where was Bill Greer, the driver of the presidential limousine the night of November 21st and the early morning hours of November 22, 1963?

Bill Greer's after-action report is at 18H723 here:

http://www.history-matters.com/archive/jfk...Vol18_0369a.htm

While he starts his narrative at 11:30 on the morning of the 22nd, James Rowley said that of the 9 SS Agents who went to the Press Club and 10 Agents who went to the Cellar, only four agents went to these places who were also in the motorcade: Landis, Hill, Ready, and Bennett.

Steve Thomas

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Hi Bill,

  Where was Bill Greer, the driver of the presidential limousine the night of November 21st and the early morning hours of November 22, 1963?

Bill Greer's after-action report is at 18H723 here:

http://www.history-matters.com/archive/jfk...Vol18_0369a.htm

While he starts his narrative at 11:30 on the morning of the 22nd, James Rowley said that of the 9 SS Agents who went to the Press Club and 10 Agents who went to the Cellar, only four agents went to these places who were also in the motorcade: Landis, Hill, Ready, and Bennett.

Steve Thomas

Steve and Don,

If you know a law enforcement officer in your area who has been assigned dignitary protection detail on an overnight stay, ask them what they did at night when they got off duty after the dignitary was secured in the hotel. And ask them who they were with. Not condoning violating rules and regs, but it happens and only blows up when a tragedy occurs such as 11/22/63. And Don, I don't make excuses for their failed actions, simply explain it realistically using a human factor that is always there.

Al

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