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Shannon Miller's Personal Connection to JFK Tragedy

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Millions of American families have their stories of the day John F. Kennedy died. Some are more personal than others. KOLR10's Shannon Miller has a close family connection to the tragedy. She shares the stories - and the documents - on this 50th anniversary of the assassination.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Millions of American families have their stories of the day John F. Kennedy died.  Some are more personal than others.   KOLR10's Shannon Miller has a close family connection to the tragedy.  She shares the stories - and the documents - on this 50th anniversary of the assassination.

(see Shannon's family documents attached just above this story)

"This has been a story close to our family for many years.  But I brought some documents to share.  My grandfather, Edward Miller, was in the funeral business.  He had a personal connection to the assassination. Here is a copy of the Kennedy death certificate that, at one point, was handed to him.  It shows his occupation as President of the U.S.  Cause of death, multiple gunshot wounds to the head and neck, and shot by a high-powered rifle.

The next document is from the Miller Funeral Home. This is the funeral service and order agreement for Lee Harvey Oswald's funeral arrangements.  My grandfather helped prepare his body and helped bury him at a cemetery in Fort Worth.  He was actually one responsible for getting Oswald's body from Parkland Hospital back to Fort Worth which is where he was laid to rest at Rose Hill Memorial Park. 

The next document is a map to the Oswald plot in the Fairlawn section of Rose Hill.  And this is a copy of the funeral home's interment record, with a photo of Lee Harvey Oswald in his casket.  My grandfather helped prepare the body for burial. 

And the final document to show you is a print article about a chance meeting between my grandfather and President Kennedy the morning of the assassination at a breakfast in Fort Worth before the drive to Dallas . My grandfather had a personal connection to JFK also.   They both served in World War II and Kennedy was commander of the PT109.  The PT109 crew helped rescue my grandfather and his fellow Marines from a hostile beach in the Pacific.  So that morning at the Fort Worth breakfast, my grandfather called out to the President from the crowd, calling him by his nickname, "Shafty".  Kennedy turned around and recognized my grandfather and took time to shake hands with him.  So my grandfather had a moment with the president on the last day of his life, and helped prepare the body of his assassin, for burial."


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