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Warren Commission Hearings: Vol. V - Page 91« Previous | Next »

(Testimony of Dr. Arthur J. Dziemian)

Mr. Dulles.
Dr. DZIEMIAN. Yes, sir.
Mr. Specter.
Dr. Dziemian, as you know, the purpose of the proceeding is to question you concerning the experiments which were performed at Edgewood Arsenal which may shed light on the assassination of President Kennedy. With that brief statement of purpose, will you state your full name for the record, please?
Dr. DZIEMIAN. Arthur J. Dziemian.
Mr. Specter.
What is your profession or occupation, sir?
Dr. DZIEMIAN. I am a physiologist at the U.S. Army Chemical Research and Development Laboratories, and am chief of the Biophysics Division.
Mr. Specter.
Would you outline your educational background briefly, please?
Dr. DZIEMIAN. Yes; A.B. and Ph.D. from Princeton, Ph.D. in 1939. I was national research fellow at the University of Pennsylvania in the physiology department of the medical school and fellow in anatomy at Johns Hopkins University Medical School.
Mr. Specter.
In a general way, what have your professional activities been since 1939?
Dr. DZIEMIAN. Since 1939?
Well, these fellowships that I had. Then I went to Edgewood Arsenal, was there for a few months and then went into the Army, was in the Army for 3 years, in the sanitary corps, officer in the sanitary corps, and then I returned to Edgewood Arsenal in 1947 and in 1947 I went into wound ballistics work and have been in it since 1947.
Mr. Specter.
And how long have you been chief of the Biophysics Division?
Dr. DZIEMIAN. Since November of 1959.
Mr. Dulles.
Where is this Biophysics Division?
Dr. DZIEMIAN. U.S. Army Chemical Research and Development Laboratories, Edgewood Arsenal, Md.
Mr. Specter.
Would you describe in a general way the tests which are performed at the Edgewood Arsenal, please?
Dr. DZIEMIAN. Yes; well, our mission, the division's mission is to study the antipersonnel effects of munitions, including kinetic energy munitions, incendiary, and some chemical munitions.
Mr. Specter.
Is it the regular function of your unit then to test the effects of bullet wounds on various parts of the human body?
Dr. DZIEMIAN. Yes; it is.
Mr. Specter.
And does Dr. Olivier function under your direction in his capacity as chief of the Wounds Ballistics Branch?
Dr. DZIEMIAN. Yes; his branch is one of the branches of the Biophysics Division.
Mr. Specter.
Have you been present today to hear the full testimony of Dr. Olivier?
Dr. DZIEMIAN. Yes; I have.
Mr. Specter.
Were the tests which he described, performed under your general supervision and direction as his superior?
Dr. DZIEMIAN. Yes; they were.
Mr. Specter.
As to the underlying facts which those tests disclosed, do you have any details to add as to results which you think would be helpful or significant for the Commission to know?
Dr. DZIEMIAN. Well, I think that Dr. Olivier described them pretty well on the whole, got all the details in.
Mr. Specter.
Do you agree with the recitation of the detailed findings, then, as described by Dr. Olivier?
Dr. DZIEMIAN. I do, yes.
Mr. Specter.
Then moving to the general topic of reconstructing the events in terms of what professional opinion you may have as to what actually occurred at Dallas, permit me to ask you some questions in terms of the known medical facts, and in the light of the results of this series of tests which you have performed. First of all, have you had access to the autopsy report on President Kennedy?
Dr. DZIEMIAN. Yes, I have.
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