Kennedy's secret service agent breaks silence

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The secret service agent assigned to first lady Jacqueline Kennedy has broken his long silence with a memoir of the time, "Mrs. Kennedy and Me."

Clint Hill, the former agent who was code named Dazzle, told the "Today" show he was on the scene for major joyful events—like the birth of John F. Kennedy, Jr. Hill said he paced the floor like "an expectant father." Hill was also at the first lady's side for vacations in Hyannisport, Mass., and trips abroad.

But the moment that has haunted the agent was the day the president was shot, Nov. 22, 1963. As footage from the day shows, Hill was riding the sideboard of the car behind the president and first lady in the Dallas motorcade. As the bullet pierced the president's skull, Hill is seen running from his car to the president and first lady's car while Jackie leans over the back of the car.

When Hill reached her, he helped her retrieve some of the splatter from the shot. He recounted, "She said, 'They shot his head off.' She said, 'Oh, Jack, what have they done?'"
I thought this was old news! I remember hearing about ione of the Secret Service coming forward and speaking about what happened the day JFK was shot, maybe I'm wrong!