George W. Hickey, Jr., Special Agent, White House Detail, White House garage, United
States Secret Service
Activities of S.A. George W. Hickey, Jr. from the time he arrived at Love Airfield,
Dallas, Texas, Thursday, November 21, 1963, to the time he departed from the above
Love Airfield, Friday, November 22, 1963
Thursday, November 21, 1963 I arrived at Love Airfield, Dallas, Texas at 6:05 p.m.
via U.S.A.F. C 130 plane #12373. U.S.A.F. flight order number 597, dated November
15, 1963 giving the names and rank of the crew of the above plane is attached to
this report and initialed by me this date. S.A. Samuel Kinney was the senior agent aboard this
plane which was being used in Presidential support to transport Secret Service Cars
IOOX and 679X. We were met at the airport by S.A.I.C. Forest V. Sorrels of the Dallas
Field office and S.A. Winston G. Lawson, the advance agent for the White House Secret
Service Detail. S.A. Kinney unloaded 679X and I unloaded IOOX from the plane. The
drivers of the above cars accompanied by agents Sorrels and Lawson then drove to
the garage beneath the airport's main terminal building where security was placed on the cars
by the Dallas Police Department as arranged by S.A.I.C. Sorrels.
Agents Kinney, Hickey, Lawson and Sorrels then drove in a Dallas field office car
to the Sheraton Hotel in Dallas where reservations had been made for us. Agent Kinney
and I then went to our room to wash and change clothes before dinner.
We met with Agent Lawson, Warrant Officer Arthur Bales of the White House Signal
Agency and Jack Puterbaugh, a Democratic National Committee man for that area at
about 8:30 p.m. at the hotel, and drove to the Dallas Trade Mart where the President
was to speak the next day. The premises were checked by Agent Lawson for final security details.
At about 9: 15 p.m. we departed and went to dinner. Finished about 11 :00 p.m. and
proceeded back to the Sheraton Hotel where we parted company and went to our respective rooms.
Friday, November 22, 1963 Awoke about 7:00 a.m., washed, packed suitcase, checked
out of hotel and had breakfast. About 8:30 a.m. Agent Sorrels met Agent Kinney and
me outside the hotel and drove to the airport arriving about 9:00 a.m. We went directly
to the garage and relieved the police of the security of the cars. Washed and cleaned
both cars and checked outside, inside and underneath for security violations--none
found. We drove the cars to the area where the President was to be met about 11 :00
a.m. Cars were kept under close observation until the arrival of the President, when Agent
William Greer of the White House Detail took over control of IWX and Agent Kinney
The President and his party then proceeded up to the fence holding the crowd back
and greeted and shook hands with them. I assisted Agents on the detail to make a
path for them and helped Agent Greer keep the cars abreast of the President as he
moved along the length of the fence.
After the President and his party entered and were seated in IOOX I entered 679X
as I had been instructed to do by Agent Lawson. I was seated in the rear left side
seat. The shift leader, Emory Roberts, had instructed me to take control of the AR-I5
rifle whenever I was riding in 679X as an extra man. I did this and had the ammunition
clip inserted in the rifle and placed the rifle within easy reach of me.
The motorcade then left the airport and proceeded along the parade route. Just prior
to the shooting the Presidential car turned left at the intersection and started
down an incline toward an underpass followed by 679X. After a very short distance
I heard a loud report which sounded like a firecracker. It appeared to come from the right
and rear and seemed to me to be at ground level. I stood up and looked to my right
and rear in an attempt to identify it. Nothing caught my attention except people
shouting and cheering. A disturbance in 679X caused me to look forward toward the President's
car. Perhaps 2 or 3 seconds elapsed from the time I looked to the rear and then looked
at the President. He was slumped forward and to his left, and was straightening up to an almost erect sitting position as I turned and looked. At the moment he was
almost sitting erect I heard two reports which I thought were shots and that appeared
to me completely different in sound than the first report and were in such rapid
succession that there seemed to be practically no time element between them. It looked to
me as if the President was struck in the right upper rear of his head. The first
shot of the second two seemed as if it missed because the hair on the right side
of his head flew forward and there didn't seem to be any impact against his head. The last shot
seemed to hit his head and cause a noise at the point of impact which made him fall
forward and to his left again. - Possibly four or five seconds elapsed from the time
of the first report and the last.
At the end of the last report I reached to the bottom of the car and picked up the
AR 15 rifle, cocked and loaded it, and turned to the rear. At this point the cars
were passing under the over-pass and as a result we had left the scene of the shooting.
I kept the AR 15 rifle ready as we proceeded at a high rate of speed to the hospital.
Agent Clint Hill was riding across the rear and the top of IOOX in a horizontal
position. He looked into the rear of IOOX and turned toward 679X and shook his head
several times. I received the impression that the President at the least was very
seriously injured. A few moments later shift leader Emory Roberts turned to the rest of us
in the car and said words to the effect that when we arrive at the hospital some
of us would have to give additional protection to the Vice President and take him
to a place of safety. He assigned two of the agents in the car to this duty. I was told to have
the AR 15 ready for use if needed.
When we arrived at the hospital the President and Governor Connally were taken inside
and about the same time the Vice President had arrived. I requested him to come into
the hospital to a place of safety and he was surrounded by his detail and the other assigned agents, and myself and led into the hospital. When he entered I returned
the gun to 679X as ordered by Agent Roberts.
By this time a great number of police had arrived with newsmen and others in the
motorcade, and Agent Kinney and I stood by the cars. Agent Kinney requested that
I go and see if I could find out what was to be done with the cars. As I was on my
way into the hospital to do this, Mr. Kenneth O'Donnell asked me to take him to where the President
was as he could not get by the police. I did this and he joined Mrs. Kennedy and
Mr. Dave Powers outside the President's operating room.
Agent John D. Ready was stationed outside this room and he requested that I take
his place for a few moments and to allow no unauthorized persons to enter or linger
outside the door and to care for Mrs. Kennedy if necessary. I did this until Agent
Ready returned and relieved me.
As I was leaving to go back to the area where Agent Roberts was, Mr. Dave Powers
asked me to get a priest which I did. Agent Roberts informed me to wait until later
when a decision might be made about the cars. Upon returning to the vehicles, I assisted
Agent Kinney to put the tops on the cars.
A short time later Agent Roy Kellerman told Agent Kinney and me to take the cars
to the plane and stand by for orders. Agent Kinney drove 679X and I IOOX to the plane
and loaded them and secured the plane, allowing no one to enter except the regular
After Air force # I left, we received orders to depart for Washington D.C. and return
the cars to the garage and preserve any evidence that might be in them. Departed
Love Airfield, Dallas, Texas via U.S.A.F. plane #12373 at 3:35 p.m.
The above report has been initialed by the below signed on each of its four pages,
including the attached flight sheet.
[signature] George W. Hickey, Jr. Special Agent, U.S.S.S.
Just prior to the shooting I was seated in the rear of SS-679-X on the left side.
As IOO-X made the turn and proceeded a short distance I heard what seemed to me that
a firecracker exploded to the right and rear. I stood partially up and turned to
the rear to see if I could observe anything. Nothing was observed and I turned around and
looked at the President's car. The President was slumped to the left in the car and
I observed him come up. I heard what appeared to be two shots and it seemed as if
the right side of his head was hit and his hair flew forward. I then reached down, picked
up the AR 15, cocked and loaded it and stood part way up in the car and looked about.
By this time, IOO-X and 679-X had passed under the overpass and was proceeding at
a high rate of speed towards the hospital.
Clint Hill who was lieing on the trunk of the President's car looked into the car
and then looked back at us and shook his head. Emory Roberts then turned around and
said to words of this effect that we had to take care of the Vice President. He assigned two agents to go to him the minute we arrived at the hospital. He told me to stand
by with the AR 15 in case there was any danger to the Vice President when we arrived
at the hospital.
I did this, and after the Vice President was escorted into the hospital, I returned
the gun to the car. Kenneth O'Donnell asked me to take him into the hospital. He
couldn't get by the local police. I took him into the area where the President was
and assisted the agent outside the door to keep the people away who didn't belong there.
I was then relieved and went back to the cars where I assisted Agent Kinney to put
the plastic top on 100-X. We were then told by Roy Kellerman to take the cars to
the plane and stand by. I drove 100-X to the plane, loaded it in company with Agent Kinney.
We stood by until the plane took off.
[signature] George W. Hickey Special Agent 1 1-22-63
UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT 1-22-614.0