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Warren Commission Hearings: Vol. VII - Page 78« Previous | Next »

(Testimony of Lt. Rio S. Pierce)

Mr. Pierce.
Well, like I say, I was on my day off and I would just have to assume what was happening, but I don't know anything in connection with Tippit, but in this location, if that is what you are interested in, that would not be unusual.
Mr. Ely.
Well, that's what we are interested in. Thank you very much.
Mr. Pierce.
All right, thank you.

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Calvin Bud Owens

Testimony of Calvin Bud Owens

The testimony of Calvin Bud Owens was taken at 11:50 a.m., on April 9, 1964, in the office of the U.S. attorney, 301 Post Office Building, Bryan and Ervay Streets, Dallas, Tex., by Mr. John Hart Ely, member of the staff of the President's Commission.
Mr. Ely.
Do you solemnly swear that the testimony you are about to give will be the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help you God?
Mr. Owens.
I do.
Mr. Ely.
Sergeant, I am here as a representative of the President's Commission, which is investigating all of the circumstances surrounding the assassination of President Kennedy, and we have reason to believe that you might be able to give us some information which would help us.
Mr. Owens.
All right.
Mr. Ely.
Could you state your full name, please?
Mr. Owens.
Calvin Bud Owens.
Mr. Ely.
And where do you live, sir?
Mr. Owens.
1830 Melbourne [spelling] M-e-l-b-o-u-r-n-e.
Mr. Ely.
In Dallas?
Mr. Owens.
That's right.
Mr. Ely.
What is your occupation?
Mr. Owens.
I am a police officer.
Mr. Ely.
And what rank do you hold in the police department?
Mr. Owens.
Sergeant.
Mr. Ely.
How long have you been with the police department?
Mr. Owens.
Twenty-three and a half years.
Mr. Ely.
Could you give us a general idea of what you did before you went with the department?
Mr. Owens.
How far back?
Mr. Ely.
Starting with your schooling, let's say.
Mr. Owens.
Most of my schooling was in Dallas. I was born in Madill [spelling] M-a-d-i-l-l, Okla. I started school in Wilburton, Okla., and from there to Shawnee, Okla., and from there to Ennis, Tex., and then to Dallas, and then I went through Winnetka. I'll say I graduated from City Park Grammar School and Forest Avenue High School. After I got out of school in the depression, I went to work at the Baker Hotel as a bellhop. I left there and went up to Oklahoma for approximately a year, came back and went to work at Sears, Roebuck and worked there 2 1/2 years, and then went to work for the public works department in construction, as a chainman in a survey crew until, let's see, that was in 1938. I worked their until the spring of 1940. I worked 2 months in the fire department, left, and went back to engineers. In October 1940, I went to work in the police department. December 1, 1942, I went in the Navy and got out January 6, 1946, and I returned to the police department.
Mr. Ely.
And you have been there ever since?
Mr. Owens.
Yes.
Mr. Ely.
Were you on duty on November 22, 1963?
Mr. Owens.
I was.
Mr. ELY, And what was the nature of your assignment on that date?
Mr. Owens.
Acting lieutenant, Oak Cliff substation.
Mr. Ely.
Because you were acting lieutenant in the Oak Cliff substation, would that mean that Officer Tippit would be under your supervision?
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