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RIP: Dr. Robert McClelland, the most important JFK witness

Dr. Robert McClelland saw JFK’s wounds up close on November 22, 1963.

Dr. Robert McClelland, the surgeon who oversaw the effort to save President Kennedy’s life in 1963, died earlier this month at age 89.  In his interviews, you sense a man of considerable dignity, humility, and integrity. It comes as no surprise that he self-published an anthology of writings on surgery to which thousands of doctors subscribed. He was both a teacher and doctor, an instructor and  a healer. And it is those qualities that make McClelland one of the most important witnesses to JFK’s assassination.

In 1963, McClelland was 34 years old. He had just become the chief of surgery at Dallas’s Parkland Hospital. When the mortally wounded JFK was brought to Trauma Room One, McClelland stood over the dying president and participated in the efforts to save him. He observed the president’s fatal head wound for about 10 minutes from a distance of less than two feet.

“My God,” he recalled saying to his colleagues. “Have you seen the back of his head. There’s a wound in the back of his head that’s about five inches in diameter.”

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Green light for the ‘The Parkland Doctors’

Somebody asked me other day, “What happened to the documentary film project ‘The Parkland Doctors?” Read more

Memories of a Parkland Hospital doctor

There was no large wound in the right face. The president’s wounds were a small entrance wound in the pre-tracheal area, a large exit wound in the posterior inferior cranium and bullet entrance wound in the back at T3, 10 centimeters to the right of the spinal column.

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Comment of the week

Photon – March 29

….What are you trying to imply-that Perry’s Nov 22 press conference is the gold standard as to the true nature of JFK’s wounds?
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Comment of the week

By Josiah Thompson – November 15

MY COMMENTS IN CAPS:

Why would he have ”procured a .30 caliber unfired projectile that WE had placed on the stretcher cart in our reenactment.”

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Dr. Robert McClelland on the nature of JFK’s head wound


In his recent 6th Floor Museum talk, scholar Max Holland invokes what he calls a “consensus” of “rational” people about the origins of the gunfire that hit President Kennedy. As this interview with Dr. Robert McClelland of Parkland Hospital shows, there is no such consensus.

 Red Duke, surgeon who attended JFK, dies at 86

Dr. Red Duke, initially treated President John F. Kennedy in 1963 and became nationally famous as a medical TV host.

Duke was not one of the doctors who tried to save JFK’s life. Their story will be told in forthcoming documentary, “The Parkland Doctors.” Read more

Another donor to ‘The Parkland Doctors’

Bradford writes: “Just donated $63.00 [to fund the documentary “The Parkland Doctors.”] . If we all chip in what we can, this film project will become a reality and help to spread the truth.”

Watch the trailer for this important project:

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Nov. 25 1963: After the funeral, Washington’s response firms up

LBJ on the phone

On the Monday following the tragic and astonishing events in Dallas, President Kennedy’s body was laid to rest in Arlington cemetery. A host of foreign dignitaries took part, including British Prime Minister Home, French President Charles de Gaulle, and many others.

Meanwhile the federal government’s response to the assassination was taking shape. Read more

Physician talks about what he saw at Parkland Hospital

A fascinating account from one of the first three medical providers to attend to President John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963, reported by Canyon News in Texas.

I had never heard of this man’s account before.

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