Wednesday, August 27, 2014

LBJ leaving Parkland

While looking for something else I found this item from The Dallas Morning News and I wanted to share it.  The narrative of the story is not as interesting to me as the photos that went with it.

1.) Accompanied by Secret Service agent Rufus Youngblood (left), Vice President Lyndon Johnson and U.S. Rep. Homer Thornberry leave Parkland Hospital in Dallas after the death of Kennedy.

2.) For the second time in an hour, someone climbs over the seat and shields Lyndon Johnson from potential gunfire. Leaving Parkland Hospital an hour after the assassination of John F. Kennedy, Rep. Homer Thornberry climbs into the back seat while Dallas Police Chief Jesse Curry drives Lyndon Johnson to Love Field. (Joe Laird/The Dallas Morning News)

3.) Rep. Homer Thornberry (in black hat) and Secret Service Agent Rufus Youngblood sit on both sides of Lyndon Johnson as he crouches down below window level. In the back seat of Dallas Police Chief Jesse Curry's car, they depart Parkland Hospital for Love Field on Nov. 22, 1963. (Joe Laird/The Dallas Morning News)

4.) Pulling away with Rep. Thornberry in the front seat, the car is waved down by Houston Rep. Albert Thomas who does not realize the new president is inside. Agent Youngblood tells Curry to keep going but is overruled by LBJ who says, “Stop and let him in. It’s all right.” (Dallas Times Herald Collection, courtesy The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza)

5.) The crown of new President Lyndon Johnson's head pops up above the rear deck as he and his party drive away from Parkland Hospital to Love Field on Nov. 22, 1963. (Joe Laird/The Dallas Morning News)

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