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Warren Commission Hearings: Vol. XIII - Page 56« Previous | Next »

(Testimony of Forrest V. Sorrels)

Mr. Hubert.
all witnesses are entitled to a 3-day written notice prior to the taking of their deposition. But the rules also provide that a witness may waive this notice. I ask you now if you are willing to waive the 3-day written notice provided for by the rules of the Commission.
Mr. Sorrels.
Yes, sir.
Mr. Hubert.
All right. Then I will ask you to stand and be sworn. Do you solemnly swear that the testimony you are about to give in this matter will be the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help you God?
Mr. Sorrels.
I do.
Mr. Hubert.
Will you state your full name.
Mr. Sorrels.
Forrest V. Sorrels.
Mr. Hubert.
How old are you, Mr. Sorrels?
Mr. Sorrels.
Mr. Hubert.
Where do you reside now?
Mr. Sorrels.
3319 Hanover, Dallas, Tex.
Mr. Hubert.
What is your occupation?
Mr. Sorrels.
Special agent in charge of the Dallas district of the United States Secret Service.
Mr. Hubert.
Now, before I go any further, I should like the record to show that Mr. Fred B. Smith----
Mr. Smith.
Deputy General Counsel, United States Treasury Department.
Mr. Hubert.
Is present--in what capacity?
Mr. Smith.
I guess observer on behalf of the Secretary of Treasury.
Mr. Hubert.
And Mr. Burr Griffin, also a member of the staff of the General Counsel of the President's Commission, is also present.
Now, Mr. Sorrels, I would like for you to state to us the general background, your history, sort of a biographical sketch, if you will, starting off with your education and on to date.
Mr. Sorrels.
I was born in Red River County, Tex., on a farm, September 16, 1901; later moved to a little town nearby called Bogata, Tex. I lived there until 1916, when my family moved to E1 Paso, Tex. I resided there until 1935.
I went to E1 Paso High School and after graduation attended Draughon's Business College, taking typing and shorthand and bookkeeping. I then went to work for a small wholesale grocery, worked there for only a short time, and then went to work for a brick company, worked there a very short time, and then obtained employment as a clerk in the office of Bureau of Narcotics,

Treasury Department, in E1 Paso, Texas.
Mr. Hubert.
What year was that, sir?
Mr. Sorrels.
That was in 1922. I worked there for about a year and went back to the brick company. I was only there a short time when I learned of a clerical position in the office of the United States Secret Service at E1 Paso. I later was employed in that position on July 6, 1923. That was a two-man office, and I began very shortly after employment there assisting and helping in investigative-work.
In 1926, the special agent in charge was transferred from there, and prior to that time I had been appointed as what was known at that time as an operative, which is comparable to our special agent of today. He transferred from there to Dallas about July of 1926, and I was left as acting agent in charge of that office. In October that "acting" was removed, and I continued there in the capacity of agent in charge until 1935, when I was transferred to Dallas as special agent in charge there. In 1936 I was transferred to New Orleans as acting supervising agent of a newly created setup whereby the States of Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi were in what was known at that time as the Tenth District.
In 1938, the headquarters office was moved from New Orleans to Houston. In 1941 it was moved from Houston to Dallas. Subsequent to that time, the organization of the 15 supervising agents was abandoned, and each office reported direct into the headquarters office in Washington, excepting a very few that were known as resident agency officers.
I have continued in that capacity as special agent in charge of the Dallas district, and am so employed at the present time.
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