Mansfield man tells of JFK assassination

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November 22nd, 1963 was a day that changed the world when the 35th US President, John F Kennedy, was assassinated in Dallas.

It has since gone down in history as one of the most shocking, yet memorable days in modern history, and everyone old enough can remember where they were when they first heard about the death of JFK.

For two Mansfield men, they were in Dallas on that fateful day.

Mr AM Whilde, originally from Mansfield, had married his American girlfriend, Kathleen and moved to Texas. His father, Mr J Whilde, formerly an officer in the National Deposit Friendly Society in Mansfield, had been visiting.

The Chad had spoken to Mr Whilde Jnr after the shooting, and although he missed the events because he was ill in bed, his wife Kathleen had seen the Presidential motorcade just minutes before JFK was killed by a sniper’s bullet in the back seat.

News of the shooting spread like wildfire and she then frantically rang her husband to tell him.

Mr Whilde said the city had been left in a ‘state of shock’ and that his wife had said the welcoming towards JFK as he and his wife Jackie were driven through the city had been friendly.

He said that Jack Ruby, the man who had shot JFK’s suspected assassin Lee Harvey Oswald while he was in police custody, was known in the city as a character.

Did you know Mr Whilde? Is he still living Texas?