On November 22, 1963, President John Fitzgerald Kennedy was with his wife was engaging in an re-election campaign stop in Dallas, Texas. President John Fitzgerald Kennedy was shot in the head while his driver took him and his wife through an overpass in Dallas. President Kennedy was pronounced dead at the nearby Parkland Memorial Hospital.
My great uncle William “Bill” Henry Russell had served as a U.S. Air Force Pilot in World War II, the Korean War and in the Vietnam War. After over thirty years of service, William Russell achieved the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. My great uncle passed away in Hampton Roads, Virginia In July 2009. Bill’s wife Lillian Newkirk passed away in 2014.
In October 2009 and in 2014, William and Lillian were buried in the Arlington National Cemetery where Presidents William Howard Taft and John Fitzgerald Kennedy are buried.
A decade after the Atomic Energy Commission was created the federal government considered fifty different locations for the Atomic Energy Commission’s headquarters during the Cold War. The government decided to build the headquarters 20 miles north of DC in Germantown, Maryland in an area that 4,000 feet higher than the Nation’s Capitol. All of the offices of the commission’s staff were set on the norther side of the building so that if an atomic bomb went off in DC, only the southern side of the building would be damaged by the shock waves from the blast, leaving the northern side with minimal damage.
The Atomic Energy Commission was responsible for several nuclear weapon advances during the course of the Cold War.
In the 1960’s, President John Fitzgerald Kennedy visited the Atomic Energy Commission’s headquarters building.