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Warren Commission Hearings: Vol. XI - Page 349« Previous | Next »

(Testimony of Orest Pena)

Mr. Liebeler.
Was that strictly a vacation trip?
Mr. Pena.
Yes.
Mr. Liebeler.
It had nothing to do with politics or anything like that?
Mr. Pena.
No.
Mr. Liebeler.
Do you have your passport here, Mr. Pena?
Mr. Pena.
Yes [handing document to counsel].
Mr. Liebeler.
The witness has handed me his passport, which is numbered D-0092577, and issued on June 25, 1963. It carries the name of Orest Pena and indicates a birth date of August 15, 1923, that the birthplace is Cuba, that he is 5 feet 8 inches tall, has black hair and brown eyes. After you went to Mexico in May of 1963, when did you next leave the United States?
Mr. Pena.
About I or 2 months after that vacation I went to Puerto Rico for I week and to the Dominican Republic for 1 week.
Mr. Liebeler.
Can you tell us exactly when it was that you left New Orleans at that time to go to Puerto Rico?
Mr. Pena.
I don't remember, but you have it there, the date I entered the Dominican Republic. I went I week before that by Delta Co., directly from New Orleans to San Juan, P.R., by Delta Airlines.
Mr. Liebeler.
Are you indicating a visa stamp on page 6 of the passport, which is difficult to read?
Mr. Pena.
The 22d of August; yes.
Mr. Liebeler.
August 22?
Mr. Pena.
But then I got to Puerto Rico about the 14th.
Mr. Liebeler.
Fourteenth or fifteenth of August?
Mr. Pena.
Fourteenth or fifteenth, something like that, of August.
Mr. Liebeler.
When did you leave New Orleans?
Mr. Pena.
You leave New Orleans around 12 o'clock. About 3 hours later you are in San Juan, P.R.
Mr. Liebeler.
That would have been August 13 or 14?
Mr. Pena.
The 13th or 14th of August I left New Orleans. Then, after I got to Puerto Rico, 1 week after that I went to the Dominican Republic.
Mr. Liebeler.
Now, Mr. Pena, I would like to make arrangements with the Secret Service agent who is here to make photographic copies of this passport and to mark it in connection with our deposition. Would it be agreeable with you to deliver it to him now?
Mr. Pena.
Yes. You can get the exact date by Delta Airlines I went to Puerto Rico.
Mr. Liebeler.
It seems from the visa that if you went to Puerto Rico a week before you went to the Dominican Republic, the stamp here shows it would have been around the 13th or 14th of August 1963, and that's close enough.
(Whereupon, a brief recess was taken.)

Testimony of Orest Pena Resumed

Mr. Liebeler.
What was the purpose of your trip to Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic in August? Mr. PENA. Just a vacation.
Mr. Liebeler.
You did not go to Cuba at that time?
Mr. Pena.
No.
Mr. Liebeler.
Did you have any contact with any representatives of the Cuban Government while you were in Puerto Rico or the Dominican Republic?
Mr. Pena.
No.
Mr. Liebeler.
Have you had any contact with any such representatives at any time during 1963?
Mr. Pena.
No.
LIEBELER. Now, in May of 1964, you took a trip to Europe; is that correct?
PENA. Yes.
LIEBELER. You then went to London?
PENA. Yes.
LIEBELER. Paris?
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