In 1963, President John Fitzgerald Kennedy was enjoying his presidency. The Bay of Pigs and Cuban Missile Blockade behind him, he was on a path to realize many of the great visions he had for this country. On November 22nd, 1963, President Kennedy made that fateful visit to Dallas. And while no one could extinguish the visions he had for America, the tragic events of that day are well documented as America lost her leader.
are some of the lesser known details of that day:
When the mortally wounded Kennedy was brought to Parkland Hospital, the Vernon O'Neal Funeral Home was called in. They retrieved their brand new 1964 Cadillac Miller & Meteor hearse and best casket and prepared Kennedy for the trip home to Washington for his funeral.
The owner of this document was an employee at the funeral home at the time and a central figure who was very involved with the preparation and transport of President Kennedy from Parkland to Love Field.
Because Vernon O'Neal was the funeral home director who handled Kennedy at this time, it was his responsibility to produce the death certificate to be filed with the city clerks office and be given to the Kennedy family. Indeed, on December 6th, O'Neal completed the certificate and submitted it to the clerks office.
The original was filed with the clerks office and a copy was made for and given to the Kennedy family, a copy was made for the O'Neal Funeral Home's files and this copy was made and presented to Mr. Don McElroy, the gentleman who we are selling it for at this auction...the same gentleman who was an employee of the O'Neal Funeral Home in 1963. The current owner has had this certificate in his possession since December, 1963.
Once the Kennedy's received the death certificate, two errors were noted. As a result, the O'Neal Funeral Home was asked to amend the certificate which was done in early January, 1964.
Offered is the only remaining ORIGINAL of the first death certificate issued December 6th, 1963. This one is known as the McElroy certificate as it was made personally by Vernon O'Neal for Don McElroy.
The City clerks original and the O'Neal Funeral Home copy were both destroyed when the corrected certificate was filed. The Kennedy's copy has never been found. While many people have made copies of the microfilm that remains available in Texas, this is the only one of the original four produced that remains. A handful of copies circulate occasionally but none have several unique markings that appear exclusively on this document.
The certificate is number 6820 and includes the following:
Details of assassination
Official time and date of death Location of attack Personal information including parents, date of birth, age, nationality Job Title at time of death: 'President of the U.S., United States Govt' Signatures of the Justice of the Peace, Acting Registrar, Registrar and Vernon O'Neal Many other details
Known to serious Kennedy memorabilia collectors; t are two errors in this original document. They have been blacked out on this ad to prevent any counterfeit attempts by unscrupulous parties. The original that is being sold is completely untouched, complete and with all original markings including the errors, visible. Well-meaning people have corrected the errors on the few copies that are in circulation which makes it fairly easy to discern and authenticate this legitimate original from a copy.
Included in the sale is the certificate; laminated and framed and stored in a steel security case (see images) as well as a letter of authenticity from the one and only owner; Don McElroy, former employee of O'Neal Funeral Home.
The mistakes have intentionally been blacked out in this ad and the references to them have also been blacked out of the letter of authenticity to prevent any unauthori...