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Madison News Anchor’s Father Led President Kennedy’s Funeral Procession

November 24, 2013

This was quite a story on Friday night for viewers of Channel 3.

On the day President Kennedy was killed — Nov. 22, 1963 — Dan was a 25-year-old naval officer stationed at Anacostia Naval Air Station in Washington, D.C.

“It was a Friday afternoon and I remember it being just after 2 o’clock. I was out on the grinder with my troops and we were practicing marching. The reason we were practicing was the fact that we had been given advance notice to be prepared for a possible state funeral for former President Herbert Hoover, who was sick at that point,” Dan said.

Hoover would die the following year.

“So we were practicing for [Hoover’s possible state funeral] and one of my troopers came down and said, ‘Lieutenant, Lieutenant, the president’s been shot. Get back to the office.’ I said, ‘What the heck kind of message is that? What do you mean, the president’s been shot?’ He said, ‘I don’t know, but the boss wants you back at the office right away.’ So I went back and that started three days of very intense activity getting ready for the Navy’s participation in President Kennedy’s funeral,” Dan said.

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