All Oral Histories
Dallas housewife Daffron, a Kennedy supporter, was friends with several women who were members of the John Birch Society. She remembers the conservative city as an unwelcoming place in 1963. Recorded June 16, 2014.
Ms. Daffron passed away on November 21, 2015.
An attorney in Kansas, Dahl was in court on November 22, 1963. He was waiting for a jury verdict when he learned of the assassination. Recorded February 15, 2019.
A sergeant with the Dallas Police Department in 1963, Dahman was assigned to the presidential luncheon at the Dallas Trade Mart. After the shooting of Lee Harvey Oswald on Sunday, Dahman was present for Oswald’s autopsy and family viewing of his body at Parkland Memorial Hospital. Recorded August 6, 2010.
Mr. Dahman passed away on July 16, 2012.
Dale, aka Joyce Gordon, worked as a stripper at Jack Ruby’s Carousel Club in 1963. She spoke with Ruby at the club on the afternoon of the assassination and was then interviewed on live television shortly after the Oswald shooting. Recorded August 3, 2004.
Ms. Gordon passed away on March 1, 2017.
An award-winning presidential historian, Dallek was teaching at Columbia University in 1963. He is the author of numerous books, including a two-volume biography of Lyndon B. Johnson (1998, 2004) and the best-selling An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963 (2003). Recorded November 4, 2011.
Dallin’s late mother was friends with Dallas Police Chief Jesse Curry’s wife in 1963. Mrs. Dallin spoke with Mrs. Curry that weekend and shared information about Jack Ruby. A longtime researcher, Dallin has investigated a Kennedy assassination connection to the alleged treasure of Victorio Peak in New Mexico. Recorded September 3, 2010.
Damerau was a photo analyst with U.S. Naval Intelligence stationed in Atsugi, Japan, at the same time as Lee Harvey Oswald. Ironically, between the 1950s and early 1960s, Damerau had brief personal encounters with Senator John F. Kennedy, Oswald, and Jack Ruby. Recorded July 10, 2012.
Serving as news editor for the Dallas Times Herald in 1963, Dameron planned coverage for the Kennedy visit to Dallas and supervised the paper’s newsroom and composing room. Recorded January 12, 1995.
Mr. Dameron passed away on March 13, 2011.
Currently a Dallas County Commissioner, Daniel moved to Dallas in 1977. Her PhD dissertation on the growth and development of Dallas included a study of the Kennedy assassination and its local impact. Recorded October 2, 2013.
Daniel was standing on the west side of the triple underpass with his home movie camera and captured the motorcade on film seconds after the assassination took place. He returned to Dealey Plaza afterward to take film of the flowers and memorial tributes left by mourners. Recorded November 22, 1996, February 11, 1997, and April 4, 2008.
Mr. Daniel passed away on March 22, 2015.
The eldest son of the late Jack W. Daniel, Daniel appeared with his two brothers in a home movie of the Kennedy motorcade taken by his father immediately after the assassination on November 22, 1963. Recorded August 9, 2021.
A resident of Baltimore, Maryland, in 1963, Dasheiff was about to start a job with the Social Security Administration when the assassination took place. She recalls experiencing antisemitism in the early 1960s. Recorded November 24, 2009.
Ms. Dasheiff passed away on May 10, 2017.
A native of India, Datar was eight years old in 1963. With no access to television, he remembers his family following assassination coverage in local newspapers. In May 2021, Datar fulfilled a lifelong goal of visiting Dealey Plaza. Recorded June 4, 2021.
A Grammy award-winning composer, Daugherty has written a number pieces on historical figures and popular culture. He is the composer of the opera Jackie O, which premiered at the Houston Grand Opera in 1997. Recorded May 2, 2016.
A petty officer in the Medical Service Corps stationed at Bethesda Naval Medical Center, David was serving as the chief of the day of the medical school on November 22, 1963. He recalled the president’s casket arriving at the back of the hospital before Jackie Kennedy’s arrival at the front of the hospital, which has become a point of controversy among researchers. On Monday, David had the opportunity to briefly examine photographs and film of the president’s autopsy. Recorded June 26, 2007.
Mr. David passed away on May 26, 2017.
Davidson’s late father, U.S. Army Sgt. Fred Hendershot, was assigned to the White House Transportation Division during the Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon administrations. After leaving the White House, Hendershot spent more than a decade working transportation services at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Recorded April 4, 2017.
The daughter of missionaries, Davis grew up in West Africa and was eight years old at the time of the Kennedy assassination. She later pursued a long career in education. Recorded December 7, 2015.
A Texas native, Davis was a housewife living in California at the time of the assassination. Recorded November 3, 2017.
A private cook in a north Dallas home for more than 25 years, Davis was preparing for a large dinner party on November 22, 1963. She was unable to finish the meal due to her grief over the president’s death. Recorded April 17, 2008.
Ms. Davis passed away on June 6, 2013.
A teenager in Oak Cliff, Davis was inside the Texas Theatre when Lee Harvey Oswald arrived, and he believed Oswald sat next to him for a short time. Recorded August 6, 2002.
A longtime Dallas social worker and counselor, Davis was teaching a marriage and family class for nurses at Parkland Memorial Hospital on November 22, 1963. In private counseling sessions following the assassination, he often discussed grief over the death of President Kennedy. Recorded March 16, 2006, and August 17, 2016.
A first cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Davis was a prolific author. His books included The Bouviers: Portrait of an American Family (1969), The Kennedys: Dynasty and Disaster (1993), and Jacqueline Bouvier: An Intimate Memoir (1998). Davis also wrote two books about the Kennedy assassination involving a mafia conspiracy. Recorded October 23, 1992.
Mr. Davis passed away on January 29, 2012.
Active Democrat Michael Davis, a student at Southern Methodist University, saw President Kennedy at Dallas Love Field. His future wife, Maria Davis, was a high school student in St. Louis at the time of the assassination. The couple met at SMU in the late 1960s. Recorded May 25, 2012, and April 21, 2013.
After covering the 1960 presidential campaign for Westinghouse Broadcasting, Davis became their White House Correspondent and closely followed Presidents Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon. He was in the Oval Office during Kennedy’s televised address during the Cuban missile crisis and was riding in the Dallas motorcade on November 22, 1963. Davis was one of three pool reporters aboard Air Force One during the swearing-in of Lyndon Johnson. Recorded November 21, 2003, and October 23, 2017.
An author, editor, and collections curator at Texas State University in San Marcos, Davis co-wrote the best-selling book Dallas 1963 (2013). Recorded November 10, 2013, and April 20, 2014.
A third grader in San Antonio in 1963, Davis remembers that her substitute teacher did not shares news of the assassination with the students. Recorded September 24, 2018.
Ms. Davis passed away on December 31, 2018.
A Dallas native, Davis-Gilbert served in the Peace Corps in the country of Micronesia in the late 1980s. Upon her return, she was a local recruiter for the Peace Corps. Recorded March 5 and June 28, 2011.
Head of the Dallas Police Crime Scene Search Unit in 1963, Day was in charge of examining the rifle and fingerprint evidence at the Texas School Book Depository building following the assassination. In 2006, he donated his original crime lab supplies and equipment to the Museum. Recorded May 19, 1996, and July 11, 2006.
Mr. Day passed away on October 16, 2008.
As a student at Wichita State University in Kansas, Day joined the NAACP and became active in the Civil Rights Movement, inspired in part by President Kennedy. He spent two weeks protesting and working on voter registration in Mississippi in 1964. He later supported the peace movement. Recorded May 13, 2021.
The great-grandnephew of George Bannerman Dealey, Dealey was in the third grade in Denver, Colorado, in 1963. After the assassination, he was teased and harassed by classmates because of his last name. Dealey later became an active researcher and published a history of Dealey Plaza titled D in the Heart of Texas (2002). Recorded March 30, 2006.
President of the Dallas Morning News in 1963, Dealey was later one of the original board members of the Dallas County Historical Foundation and a longtime supporter of The Sixth Floor Museum. Recorded May 19, 1994.
Mr. Dealey passed away on April 7, 1995.
Members of the U.S. Foreign Service for thirty-five years, Dean and her husband were assigned by the State Department to Brazil at the time of the assassination. Her husband, Robert W. Dean, later served as U.S. Ambassador to Peru (1974-77). Recorded March 20, 2013.
A prominent civil rights and peace movement activist in the 1960s, Deats participated in an anti-Vietnam War rally near Dealey Plaza in 1969 that was disrupted by Nazi demonstrators. He was living in Boston at the time of the Kennedy assassination. Recorded August 7, 2006.
Rev. Deats passed away on April 7, 2021.
A U.S. Marine stationed at the barracks at 8th and I Streets in Washington, D.C., DeBardelaben participated in the funeral services for President Kennedy. Recorded December 5, 2009.
Mr. DeBardelaben passed away on September 10, 2016.
From 1987 to 2013, Decherd served as Chairman, President, and CEO of the A. H. Belo Corporation, which owned six daily newspapers, including The Dallas Morning News. During its last years of fundraising and development, Decherd was a vocal supporter of The Sixth Floor Museum. Recorded March 2, 2001.
In 1963, Decuir was an engineer at Chance Vought Aircraft in Dallas. He and his coworkers were particularly concerned that animosity towards Dallas following the assassination would impact their business. Recorded October 17, 2014.
A Dallas high school student in 1963, Decuir and her boyfriend skipped school to see the Kennedy motorcade right outside Dallas Love Field. She later published a story about her experiences, “A Day I’ll Never Forget,” in Mature Living Magazine (2006). Recorded October 17, 2014.
In 1963, DeGaugh was the yardmaster for the Union Terminal Company and supervised the rail yard switchmen. Later, he owned the parking lot adjacent to the former Texas School Book Depository building. Recorded August 29, 2002.
Mr. DeGaugh passed away on January 26, 2004.
A onetime deputy sheriff in Orange County, Florida, DeGrilla has maintained a lifelong interest in the Kennedy assassination. He is the author of Malcontent: Lee Harvey Oswald’s Confession by Conduct (2019). Recorded May 31, 2019.
A housewife in Miami in 1963, DeGrow was in the hospital at the time of the assassination. She recalls empty hallways that afternoon as most hospital staff followed the news on television. Recorded September 5, 2018.
Ms. DeGrow passed away on November 22, 2020.
The police reporter for radio station KLIF in Dallas, DeLaune covered the events of that weekend, and on Sunday, he was standing next to photographer Bob Jackson as he took his Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph of Jack Ruby shooting Lee Harvey Oswald. In 1964, DeLaune covered the Ruby trial. Recorded October 21, 1998, February 4 and November 10, 2012.
The wife of KLIF radio reporter Gary DeLaune, she was the emergency room supervisor at St. Paul Hospital in Dallas. Prior to the assassination, she had occasional contact with Jack Ruby when he would bring his nightclub employees to the hospital for treatment. Recorded April 20, 2013.
Ms. DeLaune passed away on December 17, 2017.
Born in 1962, Demonet’s earliest childhood memory is seeing her mother cry on November 22, 1963. Recorded January 24, 2017.
An associate professor at Texas A&M University-Commerce, Dempsey is the author of The Jack Ruby Trial Revisited (2000), based on the diary written by his late uncle, jury foreman Max Causey. He later co-wrote Eddie Barker’s Notebook (2006), the memoir of longtime KRLD-TV news director Eddie Barker. Recorded December 6, 2002, and March 7, 2014.
An employee at a Dallas stock exchange company, Denney watched the Kennedy motorcade on Main Street. Her office closed early when the stock market shut down following the assassination. Recorded June 21, 2007.
An ardent JFK supporter, Dennis attended one of Senator Kennedy’s speeches during the 1960 presidential campaign. She became an early civil rights and peace movement activist during the Kennedy years and continued to participate in marches and protests throughout the 1970s. Recorded June 23, 2008.
A second grade student in the Dallas suburb of Mesquite in 1963, Dennis vividly recalls watching the shooting of Lee Harvey Oswald live on television. Recorded November 3, 2017.
As chief investigator for the Jack Ruby defense team from December 1963 to March 1964, Denson interviewed more than 100 acquaintances of Ruby. Denson was heavily involved with defense preparations and sat behind Ruby during the course of the trial. Shortly after the trial, Denson wrote the book Destiny in Dallas (1964). Recorded April 24, 2008.
Mr. Denson passed away on December 18, 2010.
Denton was a typist at a Dallas insurance company in 1963. Her conservative boss threatened to fire anyone in the office who went to see the Kennedy motorcade. Recorded June 16, 2014.
Ms. Denton passed away on July 16, 2018.
A singer/songwriter and longtime personal shopper and fashion consultant, Derrick was seven years old and living in Tennessee at the time of the assassination. He first moved to Dallas in the 1970s. Recorded May 25, 2017.
A Dallas native, DeTrempe was two months away from her second birthday on November 22, 1963. Seeing her mother cry that day remains her earliest childhood memory. Recorded June 7, 2019.
Eight years old in 1963, Devlin and his father, the late U.S. Army Captain Gerard Devlin, visited the stables which held the caisson horses used in the Kennedy funeral. The family received a horseshoe from one of those six white horses, which is now in the Collection of The Sixth Floor Museum. Recorded January 31, 2018.
The owner of Wild Bill’s Western Store in Dallas’s West End Historic District, Dewbre worked on the Dallas television series and has served as a longtime community ambassador. As a teenager, he recalls playing guitar at Jack Ruby’s Carousel Club. Recorded July 18, 2014.
An editorial assistant at Macmillan Publishers in New York City, Diamond saw Senator John F. Kennedy during the 1960 presidential campaign. She wrote a letter to Jackie Kennedy following the assassination. It was later selected for publication in Dr. Ellen Fitzpatrick’s book, Letters to Jackie: Condolences from a Grieving Nation (2010). Recorded September 15, 2010.
A U.S. Marine stationed at the barracks at 8th and I Streets in Washington, D.C., Diamond served as one of President Kennedy’s pallbearers. Recorded April 8, 2010.
Mr. Diamond passed away on April 30, 2011.
As a sophomore at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, Diamond recalls following news of the assassination alongside fellow student, and future president, George W. Bush. Currently an art photographer in Dallas, Diamond extensively photographed the 50th anniversary of the assassination in Dealey Plaza and donated his images to The Sixth Floor Museum. Recorded July 24, 2019.
Fourteen years old in 1963, DiGeorgio wrote a letter to Jackie Kennedy on the day of the assassination. It was later included in Dr. Ellen Fitzpatrick’s Letters to Jackie: Condolences of a Grieving Nation (2010). Recorded September 18, 2010.
Chief photographer for the Dallas Morning News in 1963, Dillard was riding in a press car in the presidential motorcade and took photos of the sixth floor window of the Texas School Book Depository immediately after the shooting. Recorded July 19, 1993.
Mr. Dillard passed away on May 21, 2002.
Employed by longtime Lyndon Johnson speechwriter Horace Busby, Dillman was an LBJ campaign worker for the 1960 and 1964 presidential elections. On the day of the assassination, Dillman attended the Trade Mart luncheon and later went to Parkland Memorial Hospital where he helped set up Gov. Connally’s temporary office. Recorded June 7, 2012.
A 1960 Kennedy campaign volunteer, Dionna was an early civil rights and peace movement activist. She participated in the March on Washington on August 28, 1963. Her late father, Sherrod East, was a longtime employee of the National Archives and was wrongfully accused of being a Communist during the McCarthy era. Recorded January 28, 2015.
Dobbie was a student at Highland Park Junior High School in 1963. Her late father, Jack A. Titus, photographed the Kennedy motorcade from the roof of his office building on Cedar Springs Road in Dallas. The family donated the images to The Sixth Floor Museum in 2012. Recorded October 30, 2012.
Dodd was outside the Texas Theatre in Oak Cliff when Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested. Years later, as a member of the Dallas County Historical Commission, Dodd was involved in early discussions about a potential exhibition on the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository. Recorded August 21, 2013.
Doherty’s late father, Reuben Knight, served as John F. Kennedy’s 1960 campaign manager for Wichita County in Texas. Doherty shook hands with Kennedy during his visit to Wichita Falls that year. Doherty and her family were later at Dallas Love Field in the aftermath of the assassination. She was interviewed with her sister, Karen Knight Neukom. Recorded January 22, 2013.
Dolan is the son of the late James “Doc” Dolan, a career criminal with ties to organized crime figures Carlos Marcello and Santos Trafficante. As the Dallas representative for the American Guild of Variety Artists (AGVA) from 1958 to 1961, Dolan was acquainted with Jack Ruby. He was later interviewed by the House Select Committee on Assassinations. Jim Dolan, a Dallas psychotherapist, has actively researched his father’s life and the Kennedy assassination for a number of years. Recorded June 2, 2006, and June 1, 2018.
An altar boy at St. Matthew’s Cathedral in Washington, D.C., Donnally carried the holy water for Cardinal Richard Cushing during the Funeral Mass for President Kennedy on Monday, November 25, 1963. Donnally’s late father, Dr. Reaumur Donnally, attended Harvard with John F. Kennedy and was his personal physician for several years. Recorded September 26, 2017.
An altar boy at St. Matthew’s Cathedral in Washington, D.C., Donnally served as an acolyte during the Funeral Mass for President Kennedy on Monday, November 25, 1963. Donnally’s late father, Dr. Reaumur Donnally, attended Harvard with John F. Kennedy and was his personal physician for several years. Recorded September 26 and October 11, 2017.
Dorman was the son of the late Elsie Dorman, who worked inside the Texas School Book Depository building in 1963 and shot a famous home movie of the motorcade from the fourth floor. Dorman donated his mother’s film to the Museum in 1995. Recorded on November 18, 2002.
Mr. Dorman passed away on March 21, 2015.
In 1963, Dougal worked in the Mercantile Bank building in downtown Dallas and observed the Kennedy motorcade on Main Street. Recorded December 14, 2017.
Twelve years old in 1963, Dougherty saw the Kennedy motorcade on Harwood Street and then heard shots fired in Dealey Plaza as he walked to his father’s furniture store on Elm Street. An Oak Cliff resident, Dougherty was good friends with J.D. Tippit’s son, Allen, and spent time with him at the Tippit home on the night of the assassination. Recorded December 6, 2007.
A documentary researcher and production coordinator for television networks including History Channel and Discovery Channel, Douglass was associate producer and researcher for The Lost JFK Tapes: The Assassination (2009) for National Geographic Channel. She was interviewed with two of her documentary associates. Recorded November 17, 2009.
As an eight-year-old, Dow caught a brief glimpse of President and Mrs. Kennedy outside Carswell Air Force Base on the morning of November 22, 1963. His late father, Donald Dow, a significant collector of presidential and Civil War memorabilia, shook President Kennedy’s hand outside the Hotel Texas that day. Recorded March 6, 2017.
A resident of Irving, Texas, Dowdy lived less than two miles from Ruth Paine in 1963. She closely followed the assassination news coverage on television. Recorded June 23, 2014.
A high school student in Barbados in 1963, Downes was an ardent fan of President Kennedy. She immigrated to the United States in 1978. Recorded March 21, 2019.
U.S. representative from Virginia (1959-77), Downing introduced a bill in 1975 calling for another investigation into the Kennedy assassination. He was later named chairman of the House Select Committee on Assassinations. Recorded November 2, 1992.
Rep. Downing passed away on October 23, 2001.
Downum was a tenth grader in San Diego in 1963. Her grandmother, who lived near Dallas, temporarily moved to California immediately after the assassination. Recorded August 29, 2019.
Drake was an English teacher at Garland High School in Garland, Texas, in 1963. She recalls half the school being absent on the day of President Kennedy’s visit to Dallas. Recorded January 29, 2018.
A Life magazine editor and pioneer of American cinema verité, Drew made several documentaries about John F. Kennedy, including Primary (1960), Crisis (1963) and Faces of November (1964). Recorded January 9, 2004, and June 14, 2006.
Mr. Drew passed away on July 30, 2014.
A 16-year-old student at Sunset High School in Oak Cliff, Duckworth watched the Kennedy motorcade near the corner of Main and Houston streets and may have heard shots fired in Dealey Plaza. A frequent visitor to Austin’s BBQ in Oak Cliff, he knew Officer J.D. Tippit. Recorded March 15, 2007.
Duffy was attending a Catholic school in Iowa in 1963. Immediately after the shooting, he brought in his television set from home so that his class could follow the breaking news story. Recorded April 5, 2010.
A Fort Worth native, Duffy was partly inspired by the Kennedy assassination to pursue his career as a trial lawyer. After becoming a researcher in the 1970s, he interviewed a number of key participants, including Marina Oswald and Parkland physicians. He is the author of The Man from 2063 (2012), a novel about the assassination. Recorded June 24, 2016.
As a five-year-old in 1963, Duke saw President Kennedy speak outside the Hotel Texas in Fort Worth and then had a brief encounter with him inside the hotel lobby. This childhood event had a significant impact on her life. Recorded March 6, 2017.
Duke observed Sen. John F. Kennedy at a campaign stop in Burnett Park in Fort Worth on September 13, 1960. At the time of the assassination, she was teaching at a Fort Worth junior high school and alerted her principal of the shooting. Recorded April 21, 2017.
A junior at Thomas Jefferson High School in Dallas, Duke-Ruhd and her family observed the presidential motorcade on Lemmon Avenue, where she had a brief verbal exchange with President Kennedy. Recorded March 24, 2017, April 19, 2018, and March 8, 2019.
Dulaney is an Associate Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Texas at Arlington. He participated in a Sixth Floor Museum panel discussion about President Johnson’s Great Society domestic programs. Recorded March 12, 2018.
The son-in-law and granddaughter of Tippit shooting eyewitness Helen Markham, the Dulworths shared what they learned firsthand from Markham, as well as their own thoughts on her often criticized testimony. Recorded August 20, 2004.
A U.S. Secret Service agent assigned to the White House detail during the Kennedy years, Duncan served as the advance agent for Fort Worth during the Texas visit in November 1963. Recorded October 15, 2005.
The award-winning chief weather anchor for WFAA-TV Dallas/Fort Worth for more than three decades, Dungan was a weatherman and booth announcer at the CBS affiliate in Orlando, Florida, in 1963. Recorded February 15, 2017.
The daughter of conservative Republicans, Dunn was one of the few students in her class at North Dallas High School that did not see the presidential motorcade. A Texas educator since 1973, Dunn has taught the Kennedy assassination for decades. Recorded August 1, 2012.
A Dallas native, Dunnigan was a reporter at the Galveston Daily News at the time of the assassination. He later went to work at the Dallas Morning News in 1966. In 1993, his PR firm handled media coverage of the 30th anniversary ceremony in Dealey Plaza. Recorded January 18, 2007.
A Nixon campaign volunteer in 1960, Durham was attending high school in Oak Cliff when the assassination took place. In 2015, he joined the board of the Dallas County Historical Foundation. Recorded August 28, 2015.
A lifelong Republican who met nine U.S. presidents, Durham briefly spoke with John F. Kennedy in Fort Worth during the 1960 campaign and later witnessed the Kennedy motorcade in Dallas on November 22, 1963. Recorded September 5, 2018.
Mr. Durham passed away on February 10, 2021.
A California native, Duschak was touring The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza on the morning of September 11, 2001. He was thirteen years old at the time of the Kennedy assassination. Recorded August 12, 2014, and April 17, 2015.
A truck driver with Central Motor Freight in Dallas, DuVall frequently picked up shipments of textbook boxes at the loading dock of the Texas School Book Depository. On November 22, 1963, he allegedly saw Lee Harvey Oswald in the second-floor lunch room approximately thirty minutes before the assassination. Recorded May 6, 2009.
Mr. DuVall passed away on August 19, 2018.