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“You’re Goddamn Sure Going to Serve”


Photo credit: Yoichi Okamoto

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In two conversations on 29 November 1963, President Johnson entreated Sen. Richard B. “Dick” Russell Jr. [D–Georgia] to serve on the commission investigating the assassination of John F. “Jack” Kennedy. Russell opposed working alongside the head of the commission, Chief Justice Earl Warren, and declined the President’s request. Johnson persisted and announced the members of the Warren Commission on this day, informing Russell of his inclusion after the fact. 


November 29, 1963
JFK Assassination, Warren Commission
Oval Office
K6311-05-07; K6311-06-14-15-16

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