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Belt buckle from the uniform of a member of the U.S. Navy Ceremonial Guard

Object Number: 2005.034.0001
Category: Artifacts
Original owner: Lee J. Turner
Manufacturer: Gemsco
Type of Object: Belt buckle
Date: 1963
Dimensions: 2 3/4 x 3 5/8 x 5/8 in. (7 x 9.2 x 1.6 cm)
Medium: Metal
Belt buckle worn by Lee J. Turner, who was a member of the U.S. Navy Ceremonial Guard during services held the weekend of the Kennedy assassination.

On the evening of November 22, 1963, Turner served as a body bearer at Andrews Air Force Base and helped remove President Kennedy's casket from Air Force One to a waiting ambulance. During the funeral services for President Kennedy on Monday, November 25, 1963, Turner marched in the procession to Arlington National Cemetery as part of the U.S. Navy Ceremonial Guard.
Curator's Notes

A native of Toledo, Ohio, Turner donated his collection of US Navy Ceremonial Guard memorabilia and recorded an oral history during a visit to the Museum on November 23, 2005. - Stephen Fagin, Curator

Included in the Museum's temporary exhibit, "Mourning a President," about the funeral and mourning rites for President John F. Kennedy, this item will be on display on the Museum's seventh floor from November 17, 2017 to February 19, 2018. -- Lindsey Richardson, Curator of Collections

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