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Warren Commission Hearings: Vol. VIII - Page 322« Previous | Next »

(Affidavit of Mack Osborne)

Oswald drank only in clubs located on the post. He explained to me that he did not drink off the post because while stationed in Japan, he had been court-martialed for hitting a sergeant with a beer bottle. I do not recall his having any fights while at Santa Ana. However, I remember Oswald's telling me of a fight with a brig guard, as well as of the fight with the sergeant, in Japan.
I do not recall Oswald's studying either Spanish or German. I do not recall any remarks on his part concerning Communism, Russia, or Cuba. Because the fact that he was studying Russian, fellow Marines sometimes jokingly accused him of being a Russian spy. In my opinion he took such accusations in fun.
Although I did not regard Oswald as particularly intelligent, I got the idea that he thought he was intelligent and tried verbally to suggest to others that he was.
Oswald read a great deal, although I do not remember what sort of books he read. He also watched television and played chess. I have no recollection of any interest in music on his part. Although he would discuss religion with others, he was noncommital as to his own opinions.
Oswald seldom, if ever, went out with women. I suspect that this was part of his program on saving money. He seldom left the post, although sometimes when I returned from weekends, he would tell me that he had been to Los Angeles--implying that he had simply gone to break the monotony.
I do not recall Oswald's having any nicknames. He was simply called "Oswald" or--by those who knew him well--"Lee Harvey".
I have no recollection of Oswald's receiving any visitors.
Signed this 18th day of May, 1964, at Lubbock. Tex.
(S) Mack Osborne,

Richard Dennis Call

Affidavit of Richard Dennis Call

The following affidavit was executed by Richard Dennis Call on May 20, 1964.


County of Northampton, ss:

I, Richard Dennis Call, R. D. 1, Hellertown. Pennsylvania, being first duly sworn, depose and say:
That I served in the United States Marine Corps from September, 1956, to December, 1959. From December, 1958, to December. 1959. I was stationed with Marine Air Control Squadron #9, Lighter Than Air Station, Santa Ana, California. During this time I made the acquaintance of Lee Harvey Oswald. I lived in the ensign hut next to, and was on the same radar crew as, Oswald. I estimate that I talked to some extent with Oswald each day during the period that we were stationed together.
It was very difficult to evaluate Oswald's personality because he never talked about his life prior to joining the Marine Corps or about what he did while in the Marine Corps. Although by the usual standards I was just an acquaintance of Oswald, I probably was one of his best friends.
Oswald once dated an airline stewardess who was learning Russian.
Oswald spent a great deal of time reading. I do not remember what he read because he never talked about it. He also spent a great deal of time playing chess. I played chess with him about once a week; we were of approximately equal ability.
Although members of the unit often had discussions on foreign affairs, Oswald seldom, if ever, participated.
During this time, Oswald was studying Russian. For this reason many members of the unit kidded him about being a Russian spy; Oswald seemed to enjoy this sort of remark. At that time I had a phonograph record of Russian classical

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