Burkley to HSCA
Reference copy, JFK Collection: HSCA (RG 233)
I, VICE ADMIRAL GEORGE G. BURKLEY (M.C.) (Ret.) living in
Los Angeles, California, being duly sworn make oath as follows:
I was interviewed in January, 1978 by T. Mark Flanagan, Jr. and
Donald A. Purdy, Jr. of the staff of the Select Committee on
Assassinations. During the interview I set forth the substance
of the information which follows. At this time I reaffirm that
this information is accurate and truthful to the best of my knowledge.
This statement is made freely, voluntarily, and with out threats,
promises, assurance, or remuneration from any source.
I was Personal Physician to President John F. Kennedy in November
1963 and accompanied President Kennedy on the Texas trip. I was
at Parkland Hospital and later at Bethesda Naval Hospital on
the evening of November 22, 1963. I saw President Kennedy's wounds
at Parkland Hospital and during the autopsy at the Bethesda Naval
Hospital. There was no difference in the nature of the wounds
I saw at Parkland Hospital and those I observed at the autopsy
at Bethesda Naval Hospital.
1. I was with President Kennedy in Dallas. I arrived at the
Parkland Hospital within five minutes of the President's arrival.
I checked the Presidents physical condition, gave the doctors
working with the President the blood type and some adrenal medication
(Sol U Cortef) to place in the intravenous blood and fluids which
were being administered. My findings clearly indicated that death
was certain and imminent.
2. One of the doctors reported to me vital signs of life no
longer could be elicited. I rechecked the vital signs of President
Kennedy and there was no sign of life. I reported to Mrs. Kennedy
who was nearby in the treatment room that President Kennedy was
3. I remained with the President's body in the treatment room
until the body was placed in the coffin and I saw it closed.
There was no movement or manipulation of the body other than
removal of the intravenous equipment during that time.
4. In Dallas I traveled from the hospital to the Air Force
One in the ambulance with the President's body in the casket
and also on the plane; the casket was neither opened or disturbed
in any way.
5. I had ordered the United States Naval Hospital to be prepared
for performing an autopsy on the body of John F. Kennedy, President
of the United States, the permission having been granted by Mrs.
Kennedy while enroute. It was to be a complete autopsy with no
limitations and no curtailment in time necessary for completion.
6. I traveled from Andrew's Air Force Base in the ambulance
with the President's body to the Bethesda Naval Hospital and
accompanied the coffin to the autopsy laboratory and saw the
body removed from the coffin and placed on the autopsy table.
7. I directed the autopsy surgeon to do a complete autopsy
and take the time necessary for completion. I supervised the
autopsy and directed the fixation and retention of the brain
for future study of the course of the bullet or bullets.
8. The autopsy material was retained in a secure area and
subsequently turned over by Captain Stover USN to me and a member
of the Secret Service. We took this material immediately to the
EOB Building where it was placed in a locked file cabinet by
the Secret Service.
9. Senator Robert Kennedy, representing Mrs. Kennedy and the
Kennedy family, directed that the autopsy material be transferred
to the National Archives. This was done on April 26, 1965. See
attached letter of transmittal with listing of individual items.
The notation under Item #9, one stainless steel container, 7"
in diameter x 8", containing gross material, represents
the container of the brain. This material was accepted and signed
for by Mrs. Evelyn Lincoln and witnessed by three people. Signed
copies of these affidavits are attached.
I understand that this affidavit may be introduced and received
into evidence by the Select Committee on Assassinations of the
United States House of Representatives, and may lead them to
make various findings of fact, and the statutes applicable to
Congressional investigations, including but not limited to those
concerning false statements, obstruction, or misleading, would
subject me to criminal penalties for not telling the whole and
complete truth in this affidavit.
GEORGE G. BURKLEY SIGNATURE
Vice Admiral George G. Burkley (M.C.) USN (Ret.)
Personal Physician to President John F. Kennedy
STATE OF CALIFORNIA COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES
Signed and sworn to before me this 28th day of November, 1978
RUTH F. LAWLESS SIGNATURE
My Commission Expires April 20, 1980