Kennedy assassination; johnson changes U.S. Involvement - 1963
John F. Kennedy was believed to be one of our nation’s greatest presidents, and on November 22, 1963, the day of his assassination the whole country shed a tear. At 12:30pm President Kennedy was shot once in the neck and finally dealt a fatal blow with a second shot to his head. During the shooting J.F.K was riding in his motorcade with his wife Jacqueline and the Texas governor John Connolly. The assassination of President Kennedy is one of the largest deciding factors for the involvement of the United States in the Vietnam War.
After an investigation led by the House Select Committee on Assassinations that lasted ten months it was concluded that the assassination was carried out by a lone shooter by the name of Lee Harvey Oswald, He allegedly fired the shot from a sixth story window in the Texas book Depository building. Oswald was charged later with the murder of one police officer and President Kennedy. He denied the shooting but never was allowed the chance to plead his case in a trial. Two days after his arrest while being escorted to a car Oswald was shot and killed by Dallas night club owner Jack Ruby.
To this day it is not completely conclusive whether or not the assassination was carried out by Lee Harvey Oswald. There are countless conspiracy theories that have arisen through the years that have followed Kennedy’s death. There are many theories that the shot was fired from the grassy knoll and the underpass rather than the Texas Book Depository.
Just before President Kennedy’s assassination he had announced to his military leaders that he was planning on removing 1,000 United States troops from Vietnam by the end of 1963 and completely removing all United States personnel by the end of 1965. After the assassination there pplans were renounced by the new president Lyndon B. Johnson. Many people believe that the Vietnam war was the reason for Kennedy’s murder thus allowing major armament corporations to continue gaining extensive sums of money