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Warren Commission Hearings: Vol. I - Page 224« Previous | Next »

(Testimony of Mrs. Marguerite Oswald Resumed)

The Chairman.
to do just as you please. And we will abide by that choice that you may make.
Mrs. Oswald.
May I confer with my lawyer for about 10 minutes?
The Chairman.
Yes. We will take a recess, and you may talk to him.
(Brief recess.)
The Chairman.
Come to order, please.
Mrs. Oswald.
Last night, Mr. Rankin, I read Lee working at one place after Tujaque. I do not know the name, sir. I think he worked there just a few days. He had the keys to the office. And, as I returned home from work one day, another young man was at the apartment, the door of the apartment, and said that Lee was discharged, and that Lee had the keys to the office, and Just then Lee walked up and gave this young man the keys.
Now, I do not know the name of the place. And I believe he just worked there, sir, a few days.
I read that afterwards.
If you will refresh me, I will give you any information I have. But it is hard for me to think of everything.
I believe we have cleared up the business today that we have missed.
I have decided--and maybe I am wrong, because to me money is only good as to its use. However, there have been so many things since the assassination that has not been in my favor, I believe that I am going to keep my personal pictures.
The Chairman.
You may do so.
Mrs. Oswald.
If at any time in the future that you would like to have these pictures, I will be more than happy to have copies made and give them to the Commission.
There is another matter, Mr. Rankin, that is very important, that you asked me Governor Connally's letter.
Mr. Rankin.
Mrs. Oswald.
I had read this at the press conference. A letter from Lee Harvey Oswald to John Connally, Secretary of the Navy. This is just written from the newspaper article.
"I have been in the Soviet Union with the full sanction of the U.S. Embassy in Moscow." He asked the Navy Department to take the necessary steps to repair the damage to me and my family. "I shall employ all means to right the gross mistakes or injustices to a bona fide U.S. citizen, an ex-serviceman."
Now, I do not consider this a threat, because I, myself, if I had a dishonorable discharge, and I was a good marine for 3 years, and I felt like it hurt my mother and my children, and my wife, I would make such a statement, because I am a very definite person, as you know by now. I have been testifying for 3 days. And-my son is of the same nature. He loved the Marines, and as far as he was concerned, he served his country 3 years. And it was a stigma to me and his children, and he wanted to right the wrong.

So I do not consider this a threat.
He went to Austin. There was an article in the paper--trying to get this rectified, and the young lady gave a very nice report of Lee, said he was very polite.
This is not a threat.
This is just how Lee was tried immediately in a few hours time, newspaper talk, and so on and so forth.
I would state this emphatically more maybe than Lee did, if I had a dishonorable discharge, sir.
Mr. Rankin.
Did you ever hear your son say anything against Governor Connally?
Mrs. Oswald.
No, sir.
But here is what I have written down. The day at Robert's house, when I came in from the country, I, myself, gave Lee the copy--we had many copies--you showed me the copy--I gave him the copy and told him--I had written him and told him about the dishonorable discharge, but I did not send any papers, because I didn't want the Russians to know.
But when I came, I had a scrapbook, and I gave him a copy, Mr. Rankin, of
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