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Where were you when you heard the news?

If you were alive when President Kennedy was killed, you likely remember exactly where you were, and what you were doing, when you heard the news.

Richard Little spent 18 years and 11 months in the Navy. He served two tours in vietnam, was stationed at Great Lakes and spent time as a military research technician at Bethesda Naval Hospital.
It was there, fifty years ago today, that he took part in events that will stay with him the rest of his days.

"We heard the president had been shot, and we all couldn't believe what was going on," says Richard Little.

Fifty Novembers have passed since the day President John Fitzgerald Kennedy was shot and killed in Dallas, Texas.
Rich Little remembers it like it was yesterday.

"Everybody was wondering is he alive, or is he dead or whatever? It took us probably an hour or so until we found out," Little recalls.

President Kennedy's body was flown from Dallas to Bethesda for an autopsy.
Little was called away from his usual duties to man one of the two elevators in the hospital

"One elevator was a dummy. The other one, you picked up, took them up, faked out where you were going then take them up to I think it was the 18th floor."

While the press camped out in the main lobby, Little ferried the Kennedy family and a stream of others.

"Mrs. Kennedy was one of the first ones in. And she still had on her pink dress and everything, with blood all over. And then you started seeing the brothers - Bobby and Ted and them come in," says Little.

Little was on his post from four in the afternoon until four in the morning.
He says adrenaline kept him going; along with a sense of duty and compassion for a family dealing with a tragic loss.

"Let them have all the privacy they could, and that was my job to do that," Little remembers. "They were grieving. I mean people crying going up there. And you don't want to say anything to anybody like that, you know, in that position. Especially when you don't know them. You know I'd recognize the face. The face was easy to recognize. But what can you say when it's a president's wife, and his brothers."

Richard Little says this 50th anniversary brings that night back in vivid detail.
It's a story he doesn't share often, but one we are glad he took the time to share with us.