Sam Kinney in JFK motorcade

(Shenandoah) -- There is at least one other KMAland link to President John F. Kennedy's assassination 50 years ago.

Shenandoah native Samuel Kinney was a Secret Serviceman who drove the limousine directly in back of the vehicle Kennedy rode in when he was struck down in Dallas on November 22nd, 1963. According to a July 6th, 1978 article in the Shenandoah Evening Sentinel provided by a listener, Kinney retired from the Secret Service in 1967 after 18 years. He served on the White House detail during the Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy and Johnson administrations.

In the article, Kinney stated he assisted Kennedy, Governor John Connolly and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy from their vehicle upon arrival at Parkland Hospital. Though he never appeared before the Warren Commission, appointed by Johnson to investigate Kennedy's assassination, Kinney did testify before the House Assassinations Committee, which reopened the investigation in 1978.

Kinney and wife Hazel retired to Palm County, Florida, but returned to Shenandoah for a visit in 1978--when the Evening Sentinel article was published. Kinney died on July 21st, 1997.

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