AFFIDAVIT OF JOHN RENE HEINDEL
The following affidavit was executed by John Rene Heindel on May 19, 1964.
PRESIDENT'S COMMISSION N THE ASSASSINATION OF PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY
STATE OF LOUISIANA,
Parish of New Orleans, ss:
I, John Rene Heindel, 812 Belleville Street, New Orleans, Louisiana, being first duly sworn, depose and say:
That I served in the United States Marine Corps from July 15, 1957, until July 15, 1961. I was stationed at Atsugi, Japan, with Lee Harvey Oswald.
I recall that Oswald was often in trouble for failure to adhere to rules and regulations and gave the impression of disliking any kind of authority.
While in the Marine Corps, I was often referred to as "Hidell"--pronounced so as to rhyme with "Rydell" rather than "Fidel." This was a nickname and not merely an inadvertent mispronounciation. It is possible that Oswald might have heard me being called by this name; indeed he may himself have called me "Hidell." However, I have no specific recollection of his either using or hearing this name.
Although I generally regarded Oswald as an intelligent person, I did not observe him to be particularly interested in politics or international affairs.
While in Japan, Oswald drank a good deal, at times becoming intoxicated. He was willing to do so because he did not greatly care whether or not he got back to the post on time.
Oswald did not often talk back to his superiors, but was likely to complain about their orders when he was alone with his fellow Marines.
Oswald generally went on liberty by himself; I therefore do not know what his activities off post were.
I do not recall Oswald's being called by any nicknames.
Although our Marine Air Group was sent to Formosa for a period of time, I am unable to remember Oswald's being there.
Signed this 19th day of May, 1964, at New Orleans, La.
(S)John Rene Heindel,
JOHN RENE HEINDEL.