Clint Hill

“Somebody had fired a shot at the President, and I had to get myself between the shooter and the President and Mrs. Kennedy. Nothing else mattered.”

Clint Hill was the first Secret Service Agent to get to President Kennedy after he was shot. He got to the limo carrying the President about two seconds after the fatal shot.

History doesn’t talk much about Clint. But on that day he was young man in his early 30s who was assigned to protect First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. And before that day, he was a man was born in Larimore, North Dakota, who had been orphaned at three months of age and then adopted, who was raised playing football and loving history, and who after high school joined the army as a Counterintelligence Special Agent. And he was a man principled in his belief that it was his responsibility to protect the Kennedy family.

That day, he would cover the President and the First Lady for the entire ride to the hospital.

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