Fundraiser will feature former Secret Service agent

Clint Hill was in car behind JFK's limo during assassination

By Tom Vogt, Columbian science, military & history reporter

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photoClint Hill, left, and other Secret Service agents who guarded President Kennedy on the day of his assassination leave during a break in the 1964 presidential commission's investigation.

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A former Secret Service agent who was in the Dallas motorcade when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated will headline a Nov. 8 fund-raising luncheon in Vancouver.

Clint Hill, who was assigned to first lady Jacqueline Kennedy's security detail, will be the featured speaker in an 11:30 a.m. benefit for CDM Services at the Hilton Vancouver Washington.

He will be joined by Lisa McCubbin, co-author of a book about Hill's time with the first family, "Mrs. Kennedy and Me."

Hill was riding in the car behind the presidential limousine on Nov. 22, 1963. After the president was shot, Hill jumped onto the back of the limousine and placed his body above the president and Mrs. Kennedy.

McCubbin met Hill several years ago when she and another writer collaborated on a book about Kennedy's Secret Service detail. McCubbin convinced Hill that his story deserved a book of its own, resulting in "Mrs. Kennedy and Me."

Hill and McCubbin also have a new book, "Five Days in November," which will be released as the world looks back on the 50th anniversary of Kennedy's death. The new book will

be available ahead of its official public release, and a book signing will follow the luncheon.

According to a news release, the book tells "how a Secret Service agent who started life in a North Dakota orphanage became the most trusted man in the life of the most captivating First Lady of our time."

The Nov. 8 luncheon is part of a two-day fundraising effort to support CDM Services, which assists veterans, seniors, families and children with in-home care.

On Nov. 7, Hill and McCubbin will take part in a 5:30 p.m. reception hosted by the Al Angelo Company at 400 E. Mill Plain Blvd.

Both events will feature auctions of archive photographs of members of the Kennedy family, including news photos acquired from media organizations.

This is the third in an series of annual "Symbol of Freedom" events to raise money for CDM Services. In addition to helping with in-home care, CDM Services operates an adult day health center that provides rehabilitation, socialization and meals.