I was sitting in an elementary school classroom in Spokane, WA.
I remember watching the funeral on TV, but I don't remember many of the details.
Do you remember????.
Are you ?mature? enough to remember November 22, 1963 ?
Do you remember your first thoughts when you first heard that President Kennedy had been shot and killed in Dallas ?
I can. It was about 0830 hours (8:30 AM). I was yet in the service and on duty in CINCPAC Headquarters in Honolulu. We were ?picking up? from a meeting that had gone late into the night the day before. In attendance at that meeting were the Secretary of State; the Secretary of Defense; the head of the CIA, and more 4 and 3 star generals/admirals, and under-secretaries, than I can recall at the moment.
There was no excitement at the announcement. Just quiet determination. All US Military assets in the Pacific Theater were put on high alert. The Secretary of State was yet on the ground in Hawaii preparing to return to Washington DC. The Secretary of Defense, and others, were about 30 minutes out of Honolulu, bound for Vietnam, and turned around and headed for Washington DC. Military commanders and others, yet in Honolulu, departed for their respective headquarters without delay.
By Noon, things were back to their normal quiet buzz throughout the building.