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Warren Commission Hearings: Vol. VI - Page 135« Previous | Next »

(Testimony of Diana Hamilton Bowron)

Miss BOWRON. Yes.

Mr. Specter.
So, are you willing to waive that technical requirement?
Miss BOWRON. Yes; I am.
Mr. Specter.
All right. Will you stand up and raise your right hand?
Do you solemnly swear the testimony you will give before the President's Commission in these deposition proceedings will be the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help you God?
Miss BOWRON. I do.
Mr. Specter.
What is your permanent residence address, Miss Bowron?
Miss BOWRON. 1107 Brockbank, Dallas 29, Tex.
Mr. Specter.
Will you spell that street name and speak up more loudly?
Miss BOWRON. B-r-o-c-k-b-a-n-k [spelling].
Mr. Specter.
Thank you. Are you a native of Dallas, or of some other area?
Miss BOWRON. I am a native of England.
Mr. Specter.
And how long have you been in Dallas?
Miss BOWRON . Since August 4, 1963.

Mr. SPECTER. And what are the circumstances surrounding your employment here at Parkland Memorial Hospital?
Miss BOWRON. I answered an advertisement in August and came over on a year's contract and to work in the emergency room.
Mr. Specter.
Are you a registered nurse?
Miss BOWRON. Yes.
Mr. Specter.
And what is your educational background?

Miss BOWRON. I went to private boarding school and to secondary school, and then I went through nurses' training for 3 years and 3 months in England. I finished in February of last year.
Mr. Specter.
And how old are you at the present time?
Miss BOWRON. Twenty-two.
Mr. Specter.
Did you have occasion to render assistance to President Kennedy back on November 22, 1963 ?
Miss BOWRON. I did; yes, sir.

Mr. SPECTER. Will you relate briefly the circumstances surrounding your being called in to assist in that case?
Miss. BOWRON. I was assigned to work in the minor medicine and surgery area and I was passing through major surgery and I heard over the intercom that they needed carts out at the emergency room entrance, so the orderly from the triage desk, which was passing through and he and I took one cart from major surgery and ran down the hall and by the cashier's desk, there were some men I assume were Secret Service men.
Mr. Specter.
Did you know at that time whom you were going to aid ?
Miss BOWRON. No, sir.
Mr. Specter.
You later assumed they were Secret Service men?
Miss BOWRON. Yes, sir; and they encouraged us to run down to the door.
Mr. Specter.
And did you have a stretcher with you at that time?
Miss BOWRON. Yes, sir.

Mr. SPECTER. And was one stretcher or more than one stretcher being brought forward at that time?
Miss BOWRON. There was another stretcher being brought forward from the OB--GYN section.
Mr. SPECTER. That's the obstetrics and gynecology section ?
Miss BOWMAN. Yes.
Mr. SPECTER. And were you wheeling one stretcher by yourself, or was someone helping?
Miss BOWRON. No; the orderly from the triage desk was helping us.
Mr. Specter.
Was helping you ?
Miss BOWRON. Yes.
Mr. Specter.
Who was that?

Miss BOWRON. Joe---I've forgotten what his last name is, I'm sorry. I know his first name is Joe and he's on duty today.
Mr. Specter.
And who was bringing the other stretcher?
Miss BOWRON. I don't know, sir, I heard afterwards that Dr. Midgett took one stretcher. I don't know who was assisting him.
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