“Then the car shot forward, and I saw Ms. Kennedy leaning against the backseat looking out of the back of the car,” Wright said. “The secret serviceman was pulling her back into the seat and we followed the car to [Parkland Hospital.]
“When we got there, I saw people helping carry the president inside and also helping Connally, who had been shot also.”
A few minutes later, someone came out to announce that Kennedy had passed.
“That was a shock to my nervous system,” Wright said. “It was really a terrible thing, knowing that the president was dead. Very, very depressing.”
Recalling the conversation he, Connally and Kennedy had less than 30 minutes before stunned Wright even more.
“A man came up to me with a microphone and wanted me to make a comment, but I just couldn’t express myself,” he said. “I’ve been in war, been overseas, been in combat missions, and that was bad, but something about this was just devastating.
“I’ve never experienced anything quite like that.”
Three days later, a Requiem Mass was held for Kennedy at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington, D.C., of which Wright attended.
“He was so vivacious and full of life and upbeat. He truly was a beloved president,” Wright said. “I truly believe that Kennedy may have been the most inspirational of all of our presidents.
“It’s very hard to believe that it has been 50 years.”