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Warren Commission Hearings: Vol. IX - Page 60« Previous | Next »

(Testimony of Samuel B. Ballen)

Testimony of Mrs. Lydia Dymitruk

The testimony of Mrs. Lydia Dymitruk was taken on March 25, 1964, in the office of the U.S. attorney, 301 Post Office Building, Bryan and Ervay Streets, Dallas, Tex. by Mr. Albert E. Jenner, Jr., assistant counsel of the President's Commission.
Mr. Jenner.
I am Albert Jenner.
Mrs. Dymitruk, will you stand to be sworn, please?
I am about to take your testimony by deposition. Do you solemnly swear that you will tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help you God?
Mrs. Dymitruk.
I do.
Mr. Jenner.
Thank you. Be seated please.
Mrs. Dymitruk, I am Albert E. Jenner, Jr. I am a member of the staff counsel and consultant for and to the Commission appointed by the President of the United States to investigate the assassination of President Kennedy.
Now this is a Commission appointed pursuant to Executive Order of the President of the United States, Mr. Lyndon B. Johnson, No. 11130, dated November 29, 1963, and Joint Resolution of the Congress of the United States No. 137.
Have you received a letter from J. Lee Rankin, the general counsel for the Commission, asking if you would come here and depose or have your deposition taken?
Mrs. Dymitruk.
Yes; I have.
Mr. Jenner.
And included with that letter were copies of the Executive order and the resolution to which I have made reference?
Mrs. Dymitruk.
Yes, sir.
Mr. Jenner.
And, pursuant to that request, as a lot of other fine American citizens, you are appearing voluntarily here this morning?
Mrs. Dymitruk.
Yes; I am.
Mr. Jenner.
As it appears from the Executive order and the resolution, the Commission is investigating all the circumstances we can obtain respecting and relating to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and also the subsequent death of Lee Oswald, and persons involved in those two unfortunate events. And it is our information that you have some possible information that might help us with respect to Marina Oswald and Lee Oswald, and I should like to question you about that.
Mrs. Dymitruk.
Yes, sir; I am ready.
Mr. Jenner.
You seem a little excited. Why don't you sit back and relax, pull your chair around and be comfortable. Nothing's going to happen to you.
Mrs. Dymitruk.
I'm not afraid.
Mr. Jenner.
Your name is Lydia Dymitruk?
Mrs. Dymitruk.
Yes.
Mr. Jenner.
And do I correctly pronounce your name?
Mrs. Dymitruk.
Yes, sir; that's all right.
Mr. Jenner.
And it is spelled [spelling] L-y-d-i-a. And Dymitruk is [spelling] D-y-m-i-t-r-u-k?
Mrs. Dymitruk.
Uh-huh.
Mr. Jenner.
You live at 3542 1/2 10th Street in Fort Worth?
Mrs. Dymitruk.
Yes, sir.
Mr. Jenner.
And I'm not going to ask you if Fort Worth is a suburb of Dallas--because I understand that would offend you.
Mrs. Dymitruk.
Yes, sir [laughter].
Mr. Jenner.
But it is a large Texas city about, what--25 or 30 miles from here?
Mrs. Dymitruk.
Yes, sir; I like it very much.
Mr. Jenner.
Oh, it's a splendid town. You're employed at the Neiman-Marcus store in Fort Worth?
Mrs. Dymitruk.
Yes, sir.
Mr. Jenner.
I understand that's a beautiful store.
Mrs. Dymitruk.
It is--it is beautiful store and nice place to work--and I like it.
Mr. Jenner.
How long have you resided in Fort Worth?
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