posted on Sep, 24 2013 @ 06:50 PM
About three years ago, while living in my grandmother's house in Dallas, I was reading a giant scrapbook that my great grandfather put together. He
thoroughly documented his life from grade school to his late 60s. He was an actor, musician and a colonel in WWII. He was deeply involved in the
creation and operation of the Dallas City-County Civil Defense and Emergency Preparedness Commission in the 1950s and 1960s. I guess you could call
him a "right-winger" of those days as he appeared on television and in other venues speaking about the threat of communism in the United States.
I decided to google his name, and oh boy, was I surprised by what I found. He was mentioned twice, by two separate witnesses, in the Warren Commission
Report. No one in my family knew about this, whatsoever. Specifically, I found his name within the Mary Ferrell Foundation's JFK Assassination
archives. In the documents, he is said to have been involved in funding or obtaining approval for the "Welcome Mr. Kennedy to Dallas," full-page
advertisement that appeared in the Dallas Morning News on November 22, 1963, the day President Kennedy was shot. The commission investigated the
advertisement because of its eery timing and because the advertisement cited "The American Fact-Finding Committee," which didn't exist, and a man
named Bernard Weissman, who lived in Dallas about a week and definitely could not afford a full-page advertisement in the Dallas Morning News.
Much like the rest of the Warren Commission's inquiries, a conclusion on the matter never came to fruition. At first, I was kind of suspicious of my
great grandfather. Why would he keep this a secret from the family? Then, I found out that the portion of the Warren Commission in which he was named
was not released until the mid-'90s. He passed away in the early '80s. So, he never even knew about it.
For the record, I am told by my grandmother that my great grandfather was friends with General Walker, the man whom Oswald reportedly tried to
assassinate in the summer of 1963. It also appears that he may have been connected to the John Birch Society.
Finding information about your ancestor on the internet that they didn't even know about is a weird feeling. But it didn't stop there.
My grandfather, the son of my great grandfather mentioned above, was in the insurance business in Dallas. He passed away before I discovered my great
grandfather in the Warren Commission report, but not before telling his children and grandchildren about his odd connection to the JFK assassination.
He provided insurance coverage to the O'Neil Funeral Home. Those researching the JFK assassination will recall that Mr. O'Neil provided the casket
that carried JFK's body from Parkland Hospital in Dallas to Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland for that "second autopsy."
My grandfather's insurance company reimbursed Mr. O'Neil's funeral home for the loss of the casket. But my grandfather never knew (what would later
be released in documents) that the government paid off Mr. O'Neil for the casket. For those who haven't read all the JFK assassination archives, Mr.
O'Neil REALLY wanted that casket back. He wanted to display it as a memorial to JFK and the US government was not having it.
What became of the casket? Years later, the military drilled holes into it and dropped it out of an airplane into the ocean. This is fact.
I've never reported this information anywhere or to anyone in any official capacity. I do not wish to be identified publicly, which is why I am
withholding my great grandfather's name here.
I share this experience because I think it's interesting. That is all.
My final thought:
Google your ancestors.