Letter: Our commander-in-chief
I was in the Navy, serving aboard USS Constellation (CVA-64). We were under way from San Francisco to San Diego. My shipmate, JB Hite, told me that the president had been shot. Of course I thought he was joking and didn’t believe it. Later, the captain announced it on the 1MC and we were all stunned. We all thought JFK was our president (and commander-in-chief) and represented hope for the future. We experienced a loss that day that we still have not recovered from.