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(Testimony of Daniel Patrick Powers)

Mr. Jenner.
When did you--when did that acquaintance first arise?
Mr. Powers.
As to the best of my recollection, this acquaintance first arose when I was en route to Jacksonville---rather from Jacksonville, Fla., to Biloxi, Miss.; attended school there, and he was a member of the group that was--we were traveling together, and was a senior marine in charge.
Mr. Jenner.
Were you the senior marine in charge?
Mr. Powers.
That's correct.
Mr. Jenner.
What was your rank at that time?
Mr. Powers.
At that time my rank was private first class.
Mr. Jenner.
Now, when was that?
Mr. Powers.
I have the travel orders, and if you want them-----
Mr. Jenner.
Fine. If you have anything from which you may refresh your recollection so that we can have the exact date, I appreciate it.
Mr. Powers.
This would be, 2 May 1957 is on the date of these orders.
Mr. Jenner.
May 2, 1957?
Mr. Powers.
That's correct. We were authorized to proceed to Shipping and Receiving Station, Keesler----
Mr. Jenner.
Check that over again and see if in fact it's the 2d of May 1956.
Mr. Powers.
I'm sorry. 2d of May 1957.
Mr. Jenner.
1957?
Mr. Powers.
Yes.
"Effective 3 May 1957, the below listed marines are directed to report to the 3380th Technical Training Group, 3383d Student Squadron, Block 21, Building 17, Shipping and Receiving Section, Keesler Air Force Base, Biloxi, Miss., for duty under instruction, USNAC&W Operators Course No. AB27037, Class 08057, for a period of about 6 weeks. Upon arrival thereat, they will report to the Commanding Officer for duty."
And then it lists six marines with Lee H. Oswald as one of these marines.
Mr. Jenner.
All right. Now, I'm pleased that you have those orders because an FBI report fixes that time as--in the interview they had with you as you having reported to have been in June of 1956, and in fact it was May 2, 1957?
Mr. Powers.
That's correct, sir. Yes.
Mr. Jenner.
I have been a little curious as to why you hadn't met him while you were at the Naval Air Technical Center at Jacksonville, Fla. I mean previous to this May 2d order.
Mr. Powers.
There is a possibility, sir; that I had met him, but he doesn't enter into my recollection until this particular period of time. Now, in recalling Jacksonville, Fla., going to school there, the only individual that stands out in my mind, or individuals that were directly concerned with me are the people that I was associated with.
Mr. Jenner.
All right.
Mr. Powers.
But as far as he was not in this particular social group, if you would like to call it that.
Mr. Jenner.
He also was a private, first class at that time, was he not?
Mr. Powers.
I don't believe he was, sir. I believe he was a private. I'll go back to these orders and substantiate that. Yes; that's correct. He was a private, first class, at that particular time.
Mr. Jenner.
Now, would you give me the names of--this was a group in which you were the senior and you were. in charge of the travel of your group from the Naval Air Technical Center in Jacksonville, Fla., to----
Mr. Powers.
Keesler----
Mr. Jenner.
That is spelled K-e-e-s-l-e-r, Keesler Field, in Mississippi, Biloxi?
Mr. Powers.
That's correct.
Mr. Jenner.
And who were the others?
Mr. Powers.
There is a Pfc. Edward J. Bandoni.
Mr. Jenner.
Do you have his number there?
Mr. Powers.
Yes, I do.
Mr. Jenner.
Read it, please.
Mr. Powers.
1551427. Pfc. James N. Brereton, 1644586; Pfc. Donald P. Camarata, 1632342.
Mr. Jenner.
Excuse me. Would you check that number again as against mine? I had 1653230, am I in error?
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