Vance W. Torbert, Jr., was a PT boat captain during World War II and was stationed in the Pacific with Lt. John F. Kennedy. He was later offered the position of White House architect. Dee Torbert, who in 1963 was married to the late U.S. Rep. James M. Collins, was at the Trade Mart luncheon with her husband on the day of the assassination. Recorded November 17, 2004.
Mr. Torbert passed away on May 6, 2006.