Part of your job description is to take a bullet meant for the individual you are assigned to protect. Ready to sign on for that? That is precisely what former Secret Service Agent Clint Hill was trying to do on November 22, 1963, the day John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas. In one of the most instantly recognizable images ever captured on film, Agent Hill is seen scrambling onto the back of the motorcade vehicle carrying the mortally wounded President and the First Lady in an attempt to shield them from the gunfire that shattered a nation's "Age of Innocence". Hill's valiant effort was too late, something that he "lives with each and every day" and will likely haunt him until he is "no longer alive". These are quotes from the man himself as he shares with painful honesty his recollections of that infamous day with #InTheLab's Arthur Kade.
Agent Hill joined the Secret Service in 1958 and was eventually assigned to Dwight D. Eisenhower's detail. When President Kennedy took office in 1961, Hill was re-assigned to protect the First Lady, Jacqueline Kennedy, something Hill initially looked at as a demotion. This is just one of the many subjects Hill reflects on in this poignant and deeply personal interview. In conjuncture with the 50th anniversary of the assassination and the release of his new book "Five Days in November", Hill shares insight into his own personal journey seeking absolution from the guilt he felt for what he perceived to be failure on his part. He also touches on the hundreds of conspiracy theories that still divide and multiply to this day. One of those eternal questions people come out with in conversation is "Where were you when Kennedy was shot"? For those who have an answer to the question and even for those who were not yet born, the story Clint Hill has to tell is woven into the fabric of our nation's history.