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Warren Commission Hearings: Vol. III - Page 214« Previous | Next »

(Testimony of Roy Sansom Truly)

Mr. Truly.
I questioned him about any past activities. I asked him if he had ever had any trouble with the police, and he said, no. So thinking that he was just out of the Marines, I didn't check any further back. I didn't have anything of a permanent nature in mind for him. He looked like a nice young fellow to me--he was quiet and well mannered. He used the word "sir", you know, which a lot of them don't do at this time.
So I told him if he would come to work on the morning of the 16th, it was the beginning of a new pay period. So he filled out his withholding slip, with the exception of the number of dependents.
He asked me if I would hold that for 3 or 4 days, that he is expecting a baby momentarily.
So some 4 days or so later--I don't remember the exact day--he told me that he had this new baby, and he wanted to add one dependent.
He finished filling it out. And I sent it up to Mr. Campbell who makes out the payroll for the company.
Mr. Belin.
Now, on October 15th you saw him fill out the application form for employment in his own writing?
Mr. Truly.
Mr. Belin.
You also saw him fill out the withholding slip, except for the number of exemptions, in his own writing, is that correct?
Mr. Truly.
Yes, sir.
Mr. Belin.
Any other conversation that you can remember from your meeting on October 15th?
Mr. Truly.
Well, he told me that he needed a job. He said he had a wife and child to support. And he also repeated that he was expecting a child in a few days.
And I told Lee Oswald that I had some work, that if he could fit in, of a temporary nature, we could put him on. But I didn't have anything in mind of a permanent job at that time, because I didn't have any openings for a permanent person. And he said he would be glad to have any type of work I would give him, because he did need-- and he stressed he really needed a job to support his family.
Mr. Belin.
Anything else from that conversation on October 15th?
Mr. Truly.
Nothing that I can recall, except that he seemed to be grateful that I was giving him the chance of a little extra work, if you want to call it that.
He left, and I didn't see him any more until the morning of the 16th.
Mr. Belin.
What were his hours of work to be?
Mr. TRULY, His hours were from 8 in the morning until 4:45 in the afternoon. His lunch period was from 12 to 12:45.
Mr. Belin.
Did you have a time clock there that they punch or not?
Mr. Truly.
No, sir.
Mr. Belin.
The next morning, do you know whether or not he came to work?
Mr. Truly.
He came to work the next morning. I told him what his duties were to be would be filling book orders. And I told Mr. Shelley, who is on that floor and has charge of the miscellaneous department.
Now, this particular thing as to whether I called a boy or Mr. Shelley did--anyway, we put Lee Oswald with another worker who was experienced in filling orders. This boy showed him the location of the various publishers' stock. He worked with him, it seems to me, like only an hour or two, and then he started filling orders by himself. And from then on he worked alone.
He would occasionally ask the other boys where certain stock items were when he couldn't find them. But he was filling small parcel post and a few freight orders for the various schools--as they would come down from the office.
Mr. Belin.
Well, could you describe how his work progressed as he was working with you?
Mr. Truly.
Well, he seemed to catch on and learn the location of the stock. We have several thousand titles of books in our warehouse. But he was filling mostly one or two publishers' orders.
Mr. Belin.
What publishers were those?
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