AFFIDAVIT OF DONALD PETER CAMARATA
The following affidavit was executed by Donald Peter Camarata on May 4, 1964.
ON THE ASSASSINATION OF
PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY
STATE OF CALIFORNIA,
County of Santa Cruz, ss
I, Donald Peter Camarata, 601 Burlingame Avenue, Capitola, California being first duly sworn, depose and say:
That Lee Harvey Oswald and I were concurrently stationed at the following military installations while we were both members of the United States Marine Corps: Kessler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi; the Marine Air Station at El Toro and Santa Ana, California, and possibly the Naval Air Station at Jacksonville, Florida. Although I served in the Far East, Oswald and I were not in the same unit at that time.
While in the Marine Corps, I heard from other Marines that Oswald was studying Russian. I personally observed that Oswald had his name written in Russian on one of his jackets, and played records of Russian songs so loud one could hear them outside the barracks.
Either en route back to the United States or subsequent to my return, I heard a rumor to the effect that Oswald had been in some way responsible to death of Martin Schrand. I have no personal knowledge of any such involvement. I do not remember who told me of this rumor, and am not even certain that I heard it from more than one person.
Oswald seldom, if ever, left the post in the company of other Marines. I would not characterize Oswald as an extremely unfriendly person; he simply did not often choose to be with his fellow Marines off post.
Oswald was not particularly prone to fighting. Although he apparently resented the orders of his superiors no more than does the average Marine, he was more outspoken than average in his resentment. However, he generally followed such orders.
Although I have no firm impression of the level of Oswald's intelligence, he was a man who attempted to make other people believe he was intelligent.
I know from rumor that Oswald received a newspaper printed in Russian. I was informed by my fellow Marines that one of his superiors - either the first Sergeant or a Lieutenant - asked Oswald why he read this paper.
I have no recollection of Oswald's studying or speaking either Spanish or German: of any remarks on his part concerning Communism, Russia, or Cuba: of his religious beliefs: of any abnormal attitude toward women on his part; or of his receiving any visitors.
Oswald was nicknamed "Oz".
Signed this 19th day of May, 1964, at Santa Cruz, Calif.
[s] Donald Peter Camarata.
DONALD PETER CAMARATA.