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Warren Commission Hearings: Vol. XI - Page 306« Previous | Next »

(Testimony of Maj. Eugene D. Anderson)

Mr. Specter.
of 265.3 feet, with the photograph through rifle scope identified on the document being the view which the marksman had of the President at the time the President was struck in the head, and I ask you again for an opinion as to the ease or difficulty of that shot, taking into consideration the capabilities of Mr. Oswald as a marksman, evidenced by the Marine Corps documents on him.
Major ANDERSON. I consider it to be not a particularly difficult shot at this short range, and that Oswald had full capabilities to make such a shot. (Discussion off the record.)
Mr. Specter.
May the record show that we have been off the record because Mr. Rankin stepped out, but we will proceed now to complete the deposition since he hasn't returned at this time.
Major Anderson, assume if you will that there were three shots fired by the assassin with a Mannlicher- Carcano rifle in a time span of 4.8 to 5.6 seconds. Would that speed of firing be within the capabilities of Mr. Oswald based upon the information as to his markmanship ability from the Marine Corps records?
Major ANDERSON. Yes, sir; it would.
Mr. Specter.
Major Anderson, are you as familiar with the telescopic sights as is Master Sergeant Zahm?

Major ANDERSON. No, sir; I am not. Sergeant Zahm is far more familiar and much more of an expert on telescopic sights than I am.
Mr. Spector.
Has the testimony which you have provided here today on the general propositions to which you have testified been within your sphere of specialization?
Major ANDERSON. Yes, sir; they have.
Mr. Specter.
That concludes the deposition of you, Major Anderson. We very much appreciate your coming.
Major ANDERSON. You are quite welcome.


Sgt. James A. Zahm

Testimony of Sgt. A. Zahm James

The testimony of Sgt. James A. Zahm was taken on July 24, 1964, at 200 Maryland Avenue NE., Washington, D.C., by Messrs. J. Lee Rankin, general counsel; and Arlen Specter, assistant counsel of the President's Commission.
Mr. Specter.
Sergeant Zahm, will you stand and raise your right hand. Do you solemnly swear that the testimony which you shall give before the President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy will be the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help you God?

Sergeant ZAHM. I do.
Mr. Specter.
Would you state your full name for the record, please?
Sergeant ZAHM. James A. Zahm.
Mr. Specter.
What is your profession or occupation, please?
Sergeant ZAHM Master sergeant.
Mr. Specter.
And in what branch of the service are you?
Sergeant ZAHM. U.S. Marine Corps.
Mr. Specter.
How long have you been in the Marine Corps, Sergeant Zahm?
Sergeant ZAHM. Eighteen years.
Mr. Specter.
Of what do your current duties consist?
Sergeant ZAHM. I am the NCO in charge of the Marksmanship Training Unit Armory at the Marksmanship Training Unit in the Weapons Training Battalion Marine Corps School, Quantico, Va.
Mr. Specter.
When you say NCO, what do you mean by that for the record.
Sergeant ZAHM. Noncommissioned officer.
Mr. Specter.
How long have you been so occupied in that particular duty?
Sergeant ZAHM. Two years 4 months.
Mr. Specter.
What experience have you had if any in marksmanship?
Sergeant ZAHM. I became engaged in competitive shooting in 1952, and I became a distinguished rifleman in. 1953. I fired the national matches from 1952
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