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JFK Voices: Witnessing Jackie Kennedy's Last Moments With Her Husband

Nov 22, 2013

Doctors Robert McClelland and Charles Baxter were part of the Parkland Hospital team that tried to save President John Kennedy. Earlier this year, McClelland talked at a conference about how the two witnessed the president’s last rites.

The two doctors were with the body in Trauma Room 1 when a priest arrived.  The position of the gurney made it impossible to leave without disturbing the priest. So, McClelland says, they stood "frozen" by the wall.

Interview Highlights

On Jackie Kennedy's last moments with her husband:

Mrs. Kennedy came in and walked over to the gurney to where the president was lying at his head, and she stood there for a few moments and she exchanged a ring from her finger to the president’s finger; and a ring from his finger to her finger.

And then she stood there for another few moments, didn’t say anything, was very composed, a very dignified, impressive lady under those circumstances.