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JFK: More noteworthy reader submissions

James A. Bailey of Schenectady holds the Schenectady Gazette from Nov. 23, 1963, and is pictured at right in the early 1960s. He was stationed at Forbes AFB in Kansas at the time of the shooting.
James A. Bailey of Schenectady holds the Schenectady Gazette from Nov. 23, 1963, and is pictured at right in the early 1960s. He was stationed at Forbes AFB in Kansas at the time of the shooting.
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The Daily Gazette’s “Kennedy Project” received many noteworthy submissions. We’re excerpting some additional memories received. On November 22, 1963, my husband and I were residents of Takoma Park, Md., a suburb outside of Washington D.C. On this day in history, I was leaving my doctor’s office, being told all symptoms of my pneumonia were gone. His nurse came running outside to tell me what had happened to President Kennedy. Together, we shed tears and kept ...


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smithmi41
November 17, 2013
4:16 p.m.

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I had recently gotten off active duty with the Air Force and was taking a final exam at a Community College. Emerging from the test to see our flag flying at half staff and being a 4 year veteran, with still 2 years on my inactive enlistment, I was wondering what calamity had befallen our Nation. At that time, 50 years ago, we did not lower our flag because someone's dog died... different times I guess. I raced to my old Chevy.. turned on the radio and discovered that JFK had been shot and had died. Having experienced the Cuban Missile crisis from the vantage point of active service, I wondered if I would be called back up to serve. I actually started packing my things... I remember they were very scary times.

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