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Warren Commission Hearings: Vol. II - Page 128« Previous | Next »

(Testimony of William Robert , Special Agent, Greer)

Mr. Specter.
Did you just mention, Mr. Greer, a hole in the President's head in addition to the large area of the skull which was shot away?
Mr. Greer.
No. I had just seen that, you know, the head was damaged in all this part of it but I believe looking at the X-rays, I looked at the X-rays when they were taken in the autopsy room, and the person who does that type work showed us the trace of it because there would be little specks of lead where the bullet had come from here and it came to the--they showed where it didn't come on through. It came to a sinus cavity or something they said, over the eye.
Mr. Specter.
Indicating the right eye.
Mr. Greer.
I may be wrong.
Mr. Specter.
You don't know which eye?
Mr. Greer.
I don't know which eye, I may be wrong. But they showed us the trace of it coming through but there were very little small specks on the X-rays that these professionals knew what course that the bullet had taken, the lead.
Mr. Specter.
Would you describe in very general terms what injury you observed as to the President's head during the course of the autopsy?
Mr. Greer.
I would--to the best of my recollection it was in this part of the head right here.
Mr. Specter.
Upper right?
Mr. Greer.
Upper right side.
Mr. Specter.
Upper right side, going toward the rear. And what was the condition of the skull at that point?
Mr. Greer.
The skull was completely--this part was completely gone.
Mr. Specter.
Now, aside from that opening which you have described and you have indicated a circle with a diameter of approximately 5 inches, would you say that is about what you have indicated there?
Mr. Greer.
Approximately I would say 5 inches; yes.
Mr. Specter.
Did you observe any other opening or hole of any sort in the head itself?
Mr. Greer.
No, sir; I didn't. No other one.
Mr. Specter.
Specifically did you observe a hole which would be below the large area of skull which was absent?
Mr. Greer.
No, sir; I didn't.
Mr. Specter.
Did you have occasion to look in the back of the head immediately below where the skull was missing?
Mr. Greer.
No; I can't remember even examining the head that close at that time.
Mr. Specter.
When President Kennedy was being treated in the emergency room at Parkland Hospital, were any pictures or X-rays taken of him there?
Mr. Greer.
No, sir; not that I know of. I didn't see any being taken.
Mr. Specter.
Was he ever turned over that you observed while being treated at Parkland Hospital?
Mr. Greer.
No, sir. I can't recollect him ever being turned over.
Mr. Specter.
Do you have any recollection that he was in fact not turned over?
Mr. Greer.
No, sir; I couldn't even say. I didn't see them turn him over in any way in my vision, although my back was to him quite often and because I was attending to the door and they could have done it.
Mr. Specter.
Was he on a stretcher at the time he was being worked on at Parkland Hospital?
Mr. Greer.
I can't remember whether they changed him from a stretcher to a table. I am not sure on that.
Mr. Specter.
Mr. Greer, as to the return of the President's automobile to Washington, do you know how that was accomplished?
Mr. Greer.
It was driven to Love Field, and put aboard the same C-130 it was taken out on and flown back to Andrews Air Force Base.
Mr. Specter.
Do you know when it was returned from Dallas to the Washington area?
Mr. Greer.
I believe it was returned shortly after, it left shortly after, the President's plane left, was flown back.
Mr. Specter.
I hand you two photographs marked Commission Exhibit No. 352 and Commission Exhibit No. 353.
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