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Warren Commission Hearings: Vol. II - Page 145« Previous | Next »

(Testimony of Rufus Wayne , Special Agent, Youngblood)

Mr. Youngblood.
Mr. Specter.
And by whom are you employed?
Mr. Youngblood.
The U.S. Secret Service.
Mr. Specter.
How long have you been so employed?
Mr. Youngblood.
Since March of 1951.
Mrs. Specter.
What is your educational background, sir?
Mr. Youngblood.
I graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology, Bachelor of Industrial Engineering.
Mr. Specter.
In what year?
Mr. Youngblood.
Mr. Specter.
How were you occupied from termination of your college work until starting with the Secret Service?
Mr. Youngblood.
I worked for Bradshaws, Inc., which was a refrigeration and air-conditioning concern in Waycross, Ga., and then worked for Alvin Lindstrom, who is a consulting mechanical engineer in Atlanta, Ga.
Mr. Specter.
And would you outline in general terms what your duties have been with the Secret Service since the time you joined them?
Mr. Youngblood.
I began in the Secret Service as a special agent, criminal investigator, and started off at the Atlanta field office, and stayed there about a year and a half. This time was spent in investigation of Government forged check cases, bond cases, counterfeiting, and similar investigations.
(At this point, Chief Justice Warren withdrew from the hearing room.)
Mr. Youngblood.
I came to the Washington, D.C. area, and worked in the Washington field office, a continuation of the same type of work I had done in Atlanta, plus the beginning of the protective work, working on temporary assignment at the White House detail. And then in 1953 I was assigned to the White House detail and worked there during the Eisenhower Administration about 6 years, and returned to the Atlanta field office for 3 more years in that area, during which time President Eisenhower would come to Augusta and Albany, and on two occasions on foreign trips I was called in.
And after 3 years in that field office, I returned to Washington again, assigned to the White House detail. The last part of the Eisenhower Administration and the beginning of the Kennedy Administration.
And in March of 1961, I was assigned to the Vice-Presidential detail. This, at that time, was part of the Washington field office. And I have been on an assignment with the Vice-Presidential detail since March 1961, except for a 1-month period when I returned to the White House detail. And then back to the Vice-Presidential detail.
But during this time, the Vice-Presidential detail changed from a field office assignment to a small independent office, and then, later, in October of 1962, when legislation was passed, changing the laws relative to protection of the Vice President, it became a larger detail. And I have been on the Vice-Presidential detail in the occurrence at Dallas, and returned to the White House detail when Mr. Johnson became the President.
And during this period of time, I have been a special agent, assistant special agent in charge, and was scheduled to be the special agent in charge of the Vice-Presidential detail. But due to what occurred in Dallas, I went to the White House as an assistant special agent in charge. Any other particulars?
Mr. Specter.
Well, what was your rank at the time of the Dallas trip, specifically on November 22, 1963?
Mr. Youngblood.
I was the assistant special agent in charge of the Vice-Presidential detail.
(At this point, Chief Justice Warren entered the hearing room.)
Mr. Specter.
And as such, were you responsible for the security of the Vice President on that trip?
Mr. Youngblood.
Yes, sir.
Mr. Specter.
Now, what is your current rank?
Mr. Youngblood.
Assistant special agent in charge of the White House detail.
Mr. Specter.
And, as such, do you hold one of the three positions of the assistant special agent in charge at the White House detail?
Mr. Youngblood.
Yes, sir.
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