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Shots are fired when the car turns off of Main Street. Kennedy is heard saying "My God, I am hit." Upon seeing her husband shot, Jackie Kennedy yells and cradles her mortally wounded husband.
Lee Harvey Oswald
When building supervisors of the Texas School Book Depository take roll call at 1PM CST, Oswald is the only employee missing. His "sniper's nest" is found on the 6th floor.
Standing on a concrete pedestal along Elm Street in Dealey Plaza, this private citizen unexpectedly captures John F. Kennedy's assassination with his home movie camera.
Accidentally caught in a traffic jam caused by the president's motorcade right under the triple underpass, Tague was on his way to a lunch date with the woman who would become his wife.
Standing on the edge of the grass area in the center of Dealey Plaza, Franzen is only six years old at the time. When shots ring out, his father quickly grabs him and protectively shields him.
Boone is in front of the sheriff's office when the first shot is fired. By the time the third shot rings out, he runs across the west side of Houston Street and sees the ensuing chaos in the plaza.
Standing mere yards away from Kennedy's car, Franzen was just six years old when he saw the president shot.Watch Video
Injured in Dealey Plaza, Tague was unintentionally wounded from the ricochet of a bullet intended for Kennedy.Watch Video
This Dallas County Sheriff's Deputy was the person who found the rifle used by Lee Harvey Oswald to assassinate JFK.Watch Video
Eyewitness Accounts of Kennedy's Assassination
Jackie Kennedy's bodyguard, the doctor who tried to save Kennedy, and other eyewitnesses recount their stories from the day JFK was assassinated.
When Kennedy arrived at Parkland Hospital, Nurse Phyllis Hall received him and took him into the trauma room. She was the first to check his vital signs.
Wesley Buell Frazier
Wesley Buell Frazier worked with Lee Harvey Oswald and was also arrested and accused of participating in the assassination. He was cleared of any wrongdoing, but has never fully recovered from the ordeal - or from the realization that he drove Oswald to work on the morning of the shooting.
Clint Hill was the Secret Service agent who famously jumped onto the back of the presidential limousine and grasped Jackie Kennedy's outstretched hand after the president was shot. Assigned to protect the First Lady, he held on to the car as it raced to Parkland Hospital and continued to serve her for the next year.
Sid Davis was a reporter covering JFK's Texas trip. He accompanied the president on all of his appointments, and on the day of the shooting he was there for breakfast in Fort Worth, the arrival at Love Field, the motorcade, and the frantic hours at Parkland Hospital. When Kennedy's body arrived at the White House later, he was also there, recording it all in a notebook he still has today.
Dr. Robert McClelland
Dr. Robert McClelland is now the last surviving member of the clinical team that frantically tried to revive JFK at Parkland Hospital. He helped perform a tracheostomy on the President's neck and still has the bloodstained shirt he was wearing that day.