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Warren Commission Hearings: Vol. X - Page 81« Previous | Next »

(Testimony of Philip Iii Geraci)

Mrs. Geraci.
I nearly died. The week this happened he was camping with the Boy Scouts and gone Friday, Saturday, and Sunday when the stuff was on TV.
Mr. Geraci.
I was in school when he got shot.
Mrs. Geraci.
But you were in camp, but you didn't see a lot of the funeral and all that stuff showing Oswald's picture.
Mr. Liebeler.
How did you first become aware that Oswald was the fellow you met? Did Vance talk to you about it? Do you remember?
Mr. Geraci.
The first time was when the FBI agent came to my house and asked did I see an ex-marine and showed a picture and all that. I didn't even know it before that. It was just then that I realized.
Mr. Liebeler.
Did the FBI man tell you how he----
Mr. Geraci.
Got my name?
Mr. Liebeler.
What prompted him, why did he come to your house? Did he tell you?
Mr. Geraci.
Well, he said he couldn't tell me that. I asked him, and he said, well, he couldn't tell me. Of course, I guess it might have been because we--my mother called, you know, about this Cuban business--they got my name on their list or something, I guess, and when they found out that he tried to join that group, that must have been where it came from. That is what I think.
Mrs. Geraci.
They probably had a list of people who were collecting money for the organization.
Mr. Liebeler.
OK. I don't have any more questions. I do want to thank you very much for coming in and being as cooperative as you have, and, on behalf of the Commission, I want to thank you very much.
Mr. Geraci.
OK.
Mrs. Geraci.
You are welcome, so long as we don't have any publicity.
Mr. Liebeler.
That is something you never can guarantee.

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Vance Blalock

Testimony of Vance Blalock

The testimony of Vance Blalock, accompanied by his parents, was taken on April 7-8, 1964, at the Old Civil Courts Building, Royal and Conti Streets, New Orleans, La., by Mr. Wesley Jr. Liebeler, assistant counsel of the President's Commission.

Vance Blalock, having been first duly sworn, was examined and testified as follows:

Mr. Liebeler.
My name is Wesley J. Liebeler. I am a member of the legal staff of the President's Commission investigating the assassination of President Kennedy. Staff members have been authorized to take the testimony of witnesses by the Commission, pursuant to authority granted to the Commission by Executive Order No. 11130, dated November 29, 1963, and joint resolution of Congress No. 137. I understand, Vance, that Mr. Lee Rankin, who is general counsel of the Commission, wrote you a letter last week----
Mr. Blalock.
That is right.
Mr. Liebeler.
And told you that I would be in touch with you concerning the taking of your testimony. I understand that Mr. Rankin enclosed with that letter a copy of the Executive order and of the resolution of Congress to which I have just referred, as well as a copy of the rules of procedure adopted by the Commission governing the taking of the testimony of witnesses. Did you receive that letter and those documents?
Mr. Blalock.
Yes; I did.
Mr. Liebeler.
We want to inquire very briefly of you concerning an event which occurred some time in the summer of 1963 here in New Orleans. We understand that you were present at a meeting, a chance meeting, between Lee Harvey Oswald and Carlos Bringuier. Before we get into the details of that, however, would you state your full name for the record.
Mr. Blalock.
Vance Douglas Blalock.
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