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Warren Commission Hearings: Vol. V - Page 1« Previous | Next »

Hearings Before the President's Commission
on the
Assassination of President Kennedy
Wednesday, May 6, 1964

Testimony of Alan H. Belmont

The President's Commission met at 9:25 a.m. on May 6, 1964, at 200 Maryland Avenue NE., Washington, D.C.
Present were Chief Justice Earl Warren, Chairman; Representative Gerald R. Ford, John J. McCloy, and Allen W. Dulles, members.
Also present were J. Lee Rankin, General Counsel; David W. Belin, assistant counsel; Norman Redlich, assistant counsel; Samuel A. Stern, assistant counsel; and Charles Murray, observer.
The Chairman.
Well, gentlemen, the Commission will come to order.
Mr. Belin, you had something you wanted the record to show in connection with our testimony yesterday.
Mr. Belin.
Yes, sir.
The Chairman.
Would you present it to the Commission now, please.
Mr. Belin.
Yes, sir. We have a report from an FBI document that states Roy Truly when interviewed on November 22, advised that "it is possible Oswald did see him with a rifle in his hands within the past few days," that is as of November 22, "as a Mr. Warren Caster, employed by Southwestern Publishing Co., which company has an office in the same building, had come to his office with two rifles, one was a .22 caliber rifle which Caster said he had purchased for his son, and the other a larger more high-powered rifle which Caster said he had purchased with which to go deer hunting if he got a chance," and Truly said that he examined the high-powered rifle and raised it to his shoulder and sighted over it and then returned it to Caster and Caster left with both rifles.
Then Truly went on to state that he does not own a rifle and has had no other rifle in his hands or in his possession for a long-period of time. Now because of the problem that did arise, I believe the staff will promptly go down to Dallas to take the deposition of both Mr. Truly and Mr. Caster to fully get this in deposition form and find out where these rifles were as of November 22.
The Chairman.
And their caliber, and so forth.
Mr. Belin.
Yes, sir.
The Chairman.
Yes, sir; I think that is desirable. You ought to do that.
Mr. Belmont, the purpose of today's hearing is to take your testimony concerning the general procedures of the FBI and explain their relationship to the case of Lee Harvey Oswald.
Would you please rise and raise your right hand. Do you solemnly swear the testimony you are about to give before this Commission will be the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help you God?
Mr. Belmont.
I do.
The Chairman.
Will you be seated, please.
Mr. Stern, will you conduct the examination, please?
Mr. Stern.
Thank you, sir. Would you state your full name for the record, please?
Mr. Belmont.
Alan H. Belmont.
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