Secret Service agent: I was in the front seat when Kennedy was assassinated

Secret Service agent recalls Kennedy assassination
Former Secret Service Agent Bill Greer during an interview with WBTV in 1983.
Former Secret Service Agent Bill Greer during an interview with WBTV in 1983.

MORGANTON, NC (WBTV) - With the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John Kennedy, WBTV went back into its archives for an exclusive interview with a North Carolina man who was as close as anyone to the President in Dallas when he was killed.

"I was in the front seat, I was driving him when he was shot," former Secret Service Agent Bill Greer told WBTV in 1983.

The conversation was the only television interview he ever granted.

Greer said he heard the first shot and thought it was a motorcycle next to the motorcade. It wasn't until the second shot that he knew something was wrong.

"I looked over my shoulder and saw the blood coming down Governor Connaly's white shirt and I knew it was trouble," said Greer. "Kellerman yelled out we've been hit."

Roy Kellerman was the other secret service agent who was in the front seat of the Kennedy car that day.

Greer told WBTV he wasn't sure that the President was dead until he watched doctors try to save him in the emergency room at Parkland Hospital.

"I watched them massage his heart and I thought I saw movement, but there was no doubt he was dead," he recalled.

It didn't take long for the significance of what happened to sink in.

"It shook me up quite a bit," he admitted.

Greer testified before the Warren Commission and House hearings on the assassination.

As to whether he thought Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone? "I think he did, I don't see it any other way," he said.

Greer retired from the Secret Service just a few years after the assassination and moved to Waynesville, North Carolina. He had nightmares for a while and always thought about why it all happened.

"I think that's what gave me ulcers," he told WBTV.

Greer died in 1985.

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