Dr. Joseph English speaks of days after John F. Kennedy's assassination
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VALHALLA - A local medical professional is recalling his experiences after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, which was 50 years ago today.
Dr. Joseph English of the New York Medical College in Valhalla had a front-row seat and participated in some of the key events following Kennedy's death.
At the time, English was working as the first chief psychiatrist for the Peace Corps. On Nov. 22, 1963 he was at the Peace Corps headquarters in Washington with his boss, the president's brother-in-law, Sargent Shriver, and the president's sister, Eunice Kennedy Shriver.
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Dr. English helped work out the details of the state funeral for the fallen president.
He was also involved in the decision to keep John Kennedy's casket closed. Dr. English and then-Defense Secretary Robert McNamara were dispatched to the East Room of the White House to see if it could be an open casket, considering the massive head wounds Kennedy had suffered.
He and McNamara also organized the military participation in the funeral.
On Nov. 25, he was asked to walk with world leaders from the White House to the church for Kennedy's funeral Mass.
He was there to provide medical assistance, especially for Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie.
For interview with Dr. Joseph English on JFK, watch the clip to the left or click News 12 Extra on Optimum TV channel 612.