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Letter: Where were you the day JFK was shot?

Doug Peterson writes:
I was on a Coast Guard Cutter 20 miles off the Oregon coast on our weekly safety patrol and didn't hear about the shooting until we received the news by morse code message until 12 hours after it happened.

I still remember the exact verbage of that radio message. Since we were patrolling off the coast, we could not pick up local radio or TV to get any details. The next week (7 days later), we finally came back into home port, having missed all the news and funeral coverage. The nation had changed, from optimism to somber reality. It was quite a transition.
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