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Sartorial note from 50 years ago


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During the summer of 1963, they [i.e., the US Marine pallbearers] had practiced drilling with the other service branches in anticipation of former President Herbert Hoover’s death. As it turned out, Hoover lived another year, to age 90, and they had been practicing for a 46-year-old.

In the buses that carried them from one event to another, the Marines stood in the aisle so as not to wrinkle their pants. Lieutenant Lee, later wounded during a 17-month tour in Vietnam, brought a steam iron to the White House, so members of the death watch could press their trousers between the 30-minute shifts guarding the coffin.
Old news to military men, I suppose, but an interesting tidbit to outsiders.

The other piece of trivia that I haven't tracked down is what JFK was wearing during and then after the assassination. I think William Manchester's book had that.
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