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Warren Commission Hearings: Vol. XII - Page 278« Previous | Next »

(Testimony of Capt. Frank M, Martin)

Mr. Hubert.
This is the deposition of Capt. Frank M. Martin of the juvenile division, Dallas Police Department. Captain Martin, my name is Leon D. Hubert. I am a member of the advisory staff of the general counsel of the President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy. Under the provisions of Executive Order No. 11130, dated November 29, 1963, the joint resolution of Congress No. 137, and the rules of procedure .adopted by the Commission in conformance with the Executive order and the joint resolution, I have been authorized by the Commission to take the sworn deposition of you, Captain Martin.
Captain MARTIN. Uh-huh.
Mr. Hubert.
I state to you that the general nature of the Commission's inquiry is to ascertain, evaluate and report upon the facts relating to the assassination of President Kennedy and the subsequent violent death of Lee Harvey Oswald. In particular to you, Captain Martin, the nature of the inquiry is to determine what facts you know about the death of Oswald and any other pertinent facts that you may know about the general inquiry.
Captain MARTIN. Uh-huh.
Mr. Hubert.
No; Captain Martin, do--you have appeared here by virtue of a general request made by the general counsel on the staff of the President's Commission, Mr. J. Lee Rankin, to Chief Curry. Under the rules adopted by the Commission, you are entitled to a 3-day written notice prior to the taking of this deposition, that the rules adopted by the Commission also provide that a witness may waive the 3-day written notice. Do you wish to waive that notice?
Captain MARTIN. Yes.
Mr. Hubert.
Now, will you rise and raise your right hand and I will now swear you. Do you solemnly swear that you will tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help you God?
Captain MARTIN. I do.
Mr. Hubert.
State your full name, Captain Martin.
Captain MARTIN. Frank M. Martin.
Mr. Hubert.
Your age, please?
Captain MARTIN. Fifty-four.
Mr. Hubert.
Where do you live?
Captain MARTIN. 906 West Five Mile Parkway.
Mr. Hubert.
What is your occupation today, and how long have you been in that occupation?
Captain MARTIN. I am a police officer in Dallas. I have been in it for 30 years.
Mr. Hubert.
Your rank is what now?
Captain MARTIN. Captain.
Mr. Hubert.
How long have you held the rank of captain, sir?
Captain MARTIN. Since 1951, about 13 years.
Mr. Hubert.
What are your particular duties with the Dallas Police Department?
Captain MARTIN. I have charge of the juvenile bureau. We handle all juvenile affairs.
Mr. Hubert.
Now, captain, I have two documents here which I am going to mark for identification and then I will question you concerning them. Now, I am marking this document March 24, 1963, addressed to Chief J. E. Curry, the original of which apparently was signed by you. Marking this as follows, to wit: "Dallas, Texas, March 24, 1964. Exhibit No. 5058, deposition of Capt. F. M. Martin, and I'm signing my name to that document which consists of one page, and I'm also marking another document which apparently is the report of an interview of you, Captain Martin, by Special Agents of the FBI, to wit: Alvin J. Zimmerman and Joseph G. Peden, on December 2nd, 1963." The document consists of one full page, marking the first page as follows, to wit: "Dallas, Texas, March 24, 1964. Exhibit 5059. Deposition of F. M. Martin." Signing my name on that. I am placing my initials on the second page of that document in the lower right-hand corner. Now, Captain, I believe that you have only recently, that is to say, about 2 or 3 hours ago, had occasion to read both of these documents ?
Captain MARTIN. Yes,
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