Mike Howard is a native Texan and a retired Secret Service agent who was assigned to protect Presidents Kennedy, Johnson and Ford and their families. His only incentive is to let people know what some of those closest to the events on November 22, 1963 believe happened and then offer his opinion why some key facts never came to light.
Anyone with a conscious memory of the early 1960s can recall with crystal clarity where they were, what they were doing and what they were thinking on November 22, 1963, the day that President John F. Kennedy was gunned down in Dealey Plaza by an assassin’s bullet.
Howard, a retired U.S. Secret Service special agent was working on and off the White House detail during Kennedy and then-vice president Lyndon Johnson’s administration, more than 50 years ago. Howard doesn’t ignore the events of that tragic day in Dallas. He regularly attends memorials; he speaks to civic organizations and occasionally talks history with college students. He also surrounds himself with all sorts of tangible memories, both good and bad, from his days with the Secret Service. His living room could be its own museum, full of pictures, newspaper clippings and items from his time with the Kennedy and Johnson families and even the family of Lee Harvey Oswald, the gunman who fired those three fatal shots from the sixth floor of the Texas Schoolbook Depository that hit Kennedy and wounded Texas Governor John B. Connally.
Howard started working for the Secret Service in the late 1950s. The agency recruited him completely out of the blue while he was studying pre-law, government and history at Texas Christian University. Howard spent most of the early 60’s traveling back and forth between the Dallas field office and Washington D.C. on various White House details. He spent a lot of time with Johnson’s daughter, Lynda, and even Johnson’s wife Lady Bird, long after she and her husband left the White House.
The threat of assassination or an attempt on the President, the Vice President or their families came with the training, but Howard says the thought of such an occurrence rarely passed through his mind. Then on Nov. 22, 1963, the unthinkable happened. Shortly after Kennedy’s passing, Howard’s detail was charged with guarding Oswald’s family, supposedly on a direct order from President Johnson.
Howard is invited as the guest speaker for the Kemah Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association Special Event on Monday, August 10, 2015 at 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Kemah Community Center located on Highway 146 at FM 2094. The public is invited to this free event. Seating is limited so arrive early.
Afterwards, join in an old fashioned Ice Cream Social with time to visit with Mr. Howard and express your gratitude for his service to our country. For more information about this Special Event or registration for the next Kemah Citizens Police Academy and the strategies of the Kemah Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association please contact Bobbie Bradshaw at 931-994-1018 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.