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David Blair McClain’s Letter to Jackie Kennedy

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Ten-year-old David Blair McClain wrote to the former first lady after seeing her and her husband at Carswell Air Force Base in Fort Worth earlier that day.
Photograph by Johnny Miller

Nov. 22 1963

Dear Mrs. Kennedy,

I was at school when I heard about the President. I cried for two or three minuts. My mother also cried, and so did my teacher Mrs. Mansir. I was very sad for President Kennedy. He was my friend even though he didn’t know me. Some of my school mates hid their faces in their arms in sadness. I told my father that I wish we could have you and your children to care for. Today I saw you and your husband at Carswell Air Forse Base. He was happy. It was terrible to have him shot. Ive been watching T.V. sense 3-40, friday. I respected him, I liked him. Would you please if you can send two photographs of you and President Kennedy. Thank you.

1901 Aden Rd.
Fort Worth 16, Texas

David Blair McClain

Read another letter to the first lady here. 

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