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Warren Commission Hearings: Vol. XI - Page 303« Previous | Next »

(Testimony of Maj. Eugene D. Anderson)

Mr. Specter.
anyone whatsoever. He completes this firing and the score that he attains then becomes his qualification score.
Mr. Specter.
a. Was that training program in effect during 1956?
Major ANDERSON. With some possible minor deviations, yes. Generally speaking this is exactly what he would have done in 1956.
Mr. Specter.
Would that training then necessarily have preceded the compilation of a marksmanship test as is reflected in the document which has been marked Commission Exhibit No. 239?
Major ANDERSON. I am not sure I understand exactly what you mean?
Mr. Specter.
Perhaps I can rephrase it. Would your presumption be that L. H. Oswald, whose test score you have before you, would have received the training such as that which you have just described?
Major ANDERSON. Absolutely. He fired every day according to this. The only exception might be that if he was required to go to the sick bay for some minor treatment, and missed maybe an hour a day or some sort of thing such as that.
Mr. Specter.
And the basis for your statement on that would be your conclusion based on the fact that L. H. Oswald had undergone a test where he completed these documents under the category of "US Marine Corps Scorebook for US Rifle Caliber .30 M-1 and US Carbine Caliber .30 M-l-A1?"
Major ANDERSON. Yes, sir; this document shows by dates and days as indicated that he fired daily and sighted in his rifle as prescribed.
Mr. Specter.
Of course, you didn't know Mr. Oswald personally?

Major ANDERSON. I never knew him whatsoever.
Mr. Specter.
So that your conclusion as to his training is based upon the inference which arises from the document which I have presented to you. That is to say, you know that if a man has one of those scorebooks, that he must have received that training?
Major ANDERSON. Absolutely. He received this in full.
Mr. Specter.
Does that document have some record of practicing as well as actual scoring in it, Major Anderson?
Major ANDERSON. This record shows that on Thursday of the week preceding the record firing week, he fired approximately 10 rounds which were not .scored, appear to be zeroing in shots. There is no day here to indicate any firing on Friday. Monday is shown of the following week with a 10 shot group, and shows that he fires the entire course on Monday throughout.
Mr. Specter.
Major Anderson, I now show you a letter which I have marked for the purpose of this deposition as Anderson Exhibit No. 1, and ask you for the record to tell us what is the date of that letter, first of all?
Major ANDERSON. 8 January 1964.
(Major Anderson Deposition Exhibit No. 1 was marked for identification.)
Mr. Specter.
To whom is the letter addressed?
Major ANDERSON. Mr. J. Lee Rankin, General Counsel, President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy.
Mr. Specter.
And by whom was the letter written?
Major ANDERSON. The signature shows it was from A. G. Folsom, Jr., lieutenant colonel, U.S. Marine Corps.
Mr. Specter.
Have you had an opportunity heretofore to examine that letter?
Major ANDERSON. Yes; I have.
Mr. Specter.
And whom does that letter concern itself with?
Major ANDERSON. The letter concerns a Mr. Oswald.
Mr. Specter.
Lee Harvey Oswald?
Major ANDERSON. Yes; Lee Harvey Oswald.
Mr. Specter.
Does that letter contain with it the marksmanship practice which Mr. Oswald had while in the Marine Corps?
Major ANDERSON. It so indicates; yes.
Mr. Specter.
What is the procedure of the Marine Corps in retaining such information on men who were in the Corps and had marksmanship training?
Major ANDERSON. Any time a man goes through any type of live firing, the type of firing, the number of rounds he has fired, the course he has fired is supposed to be and supposedly is entered in his record book in the spaces provided for his training?
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