White House Detail Washington, D. C.
FINAL SURVEY REPORT
Re: Visit of the President to
on Tampa, Florida November 18, 1963,
where He Participated in Ceremonies for Strike
Chamber of Commerce, and United Steel Workers. Florida
Mr. James J. Rowley
This survey was conducted by SAs Gerald S. Blaine and J. Frank Yeager, White House Detail, SAIC Rudolph E. McDavid,
and RA Arnold E. Peppers Tampa, in and around Jacksonville , from November 11 through Tampa,
Florida November 18, 1963.
It is estimated that approximately 20,000 people attended the speech at Al Lopez Stadium; 4,000 at
Homer Hesterly Armory; and 2,000 at the International Inn.
See Attachment #1 Revision:
The President arrived at
Ft. Homer Hesterly Armory.
The President departed for
All other items remained the same.
See Attached #6
A parade motorcade with motorcycle escort was used on all movements in
, with a pilot
car used in advance of the motorcade. All intersections [page 2] along the
route were controlled by uniform police officers and these men were reinforced
by motorcycle escort intersection control. The
sheriff’s offices secured the roofs of all major buildings in the downtown and
suburban areas. Tampa
All underpasses were controlled by police and military units. The police department secured all rail traffic during the visit as the motorcade passed over rail arteries enroute.
Al Lopez Stadium
Members of the Tampa Police Sheriff’s offices, and Military Police secured the stadium, commencing at on
November 17, 1963.
The playing field portion of the stadium was secured, except for 300 seats
reserved for VIP’s. No one had access to the
speaker’s stand. Members of the speaker’s stand were identified by name plates
and a check list.
The field stands were secured until after landing of the helicopter, and they were filled. The route of departure from the stadium was secured by Military Police units from McDill Air Force Base.
Ft. Homer Hesterly Amory
This armory is a National Guard installation and members of the National Guard and Tampa Police were used to secure the grounds and interior of the armory.
The President entered through the rear of the armory, and the general public had access to the armory through the main entrance.
Speaker’s stand guests were identified by members of the Florida State Chamber of Commerce and an agent of this Service. Admission to the armory was by invitation for the seating on the main floor; seating in the balcony was open to the general public.
The International Inn is a hotel located on
Shore Boulevard and Grand Central. The hotel was
secured by members of a sheriff’s office and plain clothed detectives from . The ballroom used by the President
was secured 24 hours prior to the arrival of the President, and was inspected
by bomb squad of the Tampa,
Police Department. Tampa, Florida
Admission to the International Inn was by invitation only.
Officer’s Club, McDill Air Force Base
The Officer’s Club at McDill Air Force Base was secured by members of the
CSI and Military
Police. RA Arnold Peppers conducted a back-ground check on all waiters used to
serve at the luncheon.
See Attachment #2
INSTRUCTONS TO AGENTS
See Attachment #3
The President used a 1964 white
convertible at McDill Air Force Base, and the Secret Service used a black 1964 Lincoln
hard-top for follow-up. The President’s automobile was driven by SA Greer, the
follow-up was driven by SA Rybka. Lincoln
On the downtown motorcade route, the presidential bubble-top
, driven by SA Greer, and
the follow-up SS-678-X, driven by SA Kinney, were used. Lincoln
The local Ford and Lincoln agencies, through contact Jim Golden Atlanta, Georgia, furnished all automobiles used in this movement. The Tampa Chamber of Commerce furnished the bus used by the press, and all other vehicles were furnished by the local police units or McDill Air Force Base.
Mr. Cecil Taylor, Protective Research Section, was notified of this movement on
November 9, 1963. He advised that two
subjects were in the area.
They were: Wayne I. Gainey, 00-2-33,815.
Gainey was interviewed by Tampa
agents and reminded in the custody of his parents during this movement. The
other was John W. Warrington,
00-2-33-902. This subject was in jail in Jacksonville , for threatening the mayor of Tampa,
Communications were conducted by William A. Elder, White House Communications Agency. The “Charlie” net radio communications was used, and a base station was maintained at McDill Air Force Base. Press filing locations were maintained in the Al Lopez Stadium,
Ft. Homer Hesterly Armory, and McDill Air Force
Base. A public telephone was used by this Service and a White House line was
Telephones were installed at all locations that the President visited.
The movements of the White House Press corps were supervised by Press Secretary Pierre Salinger and Assistant Press Secretary Malcomb Kilduff.
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The President’s entire visit to
was telecast locally on a pool basis. Press and photographers were in
controlled areas on all movements of the President. Tampa
The following persons participated in this survey:
Lt. Col. Ruffin W. Grey, Strike Command, McDill Air Force Base
Chief J.P. Mullins, Chief, Tampa Police Department
Lt. S. L. Clements,
Highway Patrol Florida
Sheriff Ed Blackburn,
, County Sheriff Hilllsbourough
Jack Dempsey, Hillsbourough
, County Sheriff Hillsbourogh County, Florida
Sheriff’s Office Hillsbourough County
Capt. Robert A. Moon, 836th Air Patrol Division
Capt. William T. Saxton, Strike Security Division
Jack C. Overstreet,
CSI McDill Air Force Base
Capt. Jim Diamond,
Police Dept. Tampa
Capt. T. J. Buchanan, Tampa Police Department
Capt. E. F. Bowen, Jr., Tampa Police Department
Sheriff’s Office Hillsbourough County
Following are the personnel who participated in the security measures:
Hillsbourough County Sheriff’s Office………………… 11
Military Police ……………………………………… 100
Airmen, McDill Air Force Base ……………………… 200
……………………………. 5 Tampa
White Houe Detail Agents …………………………… 17
The following are attached to this report:
Guest List – Speaker’s Platform, Al Lopez Stadium
Guest List – Speaker’s Platform,
Homer Hesterly Army
Very truly yours,
Gerald S. Blaine
Gerald A. Behn
Special Agent in charge