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Warren Commission Hearings: Vol. XIII - Page 277« Previous | Next »

(Testimony of Vernon S. Smart)

Mr. Smart.
Just the front sheet?
Mr. Griffin.
That is right, just the place where I have got it marked. Now, would you also look at Exhibit 5022? That is the diagram of the basement. You put some markings on that. Would you sign that? Would you also take this Exhibit 5023, which you prepared? It is a diagram of the intersection of Main and Pearl Expressway. Okay. I am much obliged, lieutenant.
Mr. Smart.
Okay, Mr. Griffin. I wish I could help you.

John Allison Smith

Testimony of John Allison Smith

The testimony of John Allison Smith was taken at 2 p.m., on April 15, 1964, at the Post Office Building, Fort Worth, Tex, by Mr. Leon D. Hubert, Jr., assistant counsel of the President's Commission.
Mr. Hubert.
My name is Leon Hubert. I am a member of the advisory staff of the General Counsel of the President's Commission.
Under the provisions of President Johnson's Executive Order 11130, dated November 29, 1963, the Joint Resolution of Congress No. 137, and the rules of procedure adopted by the Commission, in conformance with that Executive order and that joint resolution, I have been authorized to take a sworn deposition from you, Mr. Smith.
I state to you now that the general nature of the Commission's inquiry is to ascertain, evaluate, and report upon the facts relative to the assassination of President Kennedy and the subsequent violent death of Lee Harvey Oswald.
In particular, as to you, Mr. Smith, the nature of the inquiry today is to determine what facts you know about the death of Oswald, and any other pertinent facts you may know about the general inquiry, and particularly as to whether or not an individual by the name of Jack Ruby was seen by you on Commerce Street near the Dallas Police Department Building on November 24, 1963.

Now, Mr. Smith, I think that you are appearing here today as a result of a letter addressed to you from Mr. J. Lee Rankin, the General Counsel for the Commission, is that correct?
Mr. Smith.
Yes, sir.
Mr. Hubert.
Is it true that that letter was received by you more than 3 days ago from today?
Mr. Smith.
It was received last Friday.
Mr. Hubert.
And today, of course, is Wednesday?
Mr. Smith.
Mr. Hubert.
All right, do you mind taking the oath?
Do you solemnly swear that the testimony you are about to give will be the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help you God?
Mr. Smith.
I do.
Mr. Hubert.
State your name.
Mr. Smith.
John Allison Smith.
Mr. Hubert.
How old are you, Mr. Smith?
Mr. Smith.
This being 1964, I am 42 at present.
Mr. Hubert.
Where do you reside?
Mr. Smith.
22 Shadowbrook Lane in Hurst, Tex.
Mr. Hubert.
Mr. Smith.
Yes, sir.
Mr. Hubert.
What is your occupation?
Mr. Smith.
I am classified as a TV technician.
Mr. Hubert.
Did you have the same occupation on November 22, 23, and 24, 1963?
Mr. Smith.
Yes, I did.
Mr. Hubert.
How long have you been employed by WBAP-TV?
Mr. Smith.
Since November the 22d, 1945.
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