AARC Public Library Contents

Return to:    Table of Contents   JFK Assassination Reports and Records   Other Agencies and Commissions

  Documents relating to disposition of JFK casket
Robeson MFR 2-21-66  (PDF: 2806 K)
Robeson MFR 2-21-66, copy 2 
Robeson MFR 2-21-66, copy 3 
Katzenbach to Knott 2-11-66 
Katzenbach to Knott 2-11-66, copy 2 
Katzenbach to Knott 2-11-66, copy 3 
Katzenbach to Knott 2-11-66, copy 4 
Steadman Memo for File 2-25-66 
Knott-RFK call 2-3-66 
Katzenbach to Knott 2-11-66, copy 5 
McGee call 2-25-65 
Houston Chronicle 2-25-65 
Cabell to Katzenbach 9-13-65 
Knott envelope 9-13-65 
Discussion Paper re: Oneal funeral expenses 
H.R. 9545 
Receipt 2-25-66 
Maps of drop area 
Robertson MFR 2-24-66 
GSA note to Miss Miller 
Robertson MFR 2-24-66, copy 2 
Robertson MFR 2-24-66, copy 3 

Click on an entry to view the scanned pages of that document, or select a PDF icon to view the Portable Document Format version. Return to previous tables of contents via the Return to links. Consult the library guide for more information.

Documents are available in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF). Get the free Adobe Acrobat Reader here.

Documents relating to disposition of JFK casket

On June 1, 1999, the National Archives released this fascinating set of documents relating to the "sea burial" of the ceremonial casket used to transport President Kennedy's body from Dallas to Washington on the afternoon of November 22, 1963. The casket was dropped into 9000 feet of water off the coast of Maryland from a military airplane in early 1966.

The idea appears to have originated in September 1965 with a letter sent from Earle Cabell, the former mayor of Dallas, to Attorney General Nicholas Katzenbach. Robert Kennedy, at this point a U.S. Senator, appears to have desired that the casket be disposed of in this manner. The timing of the disposition of this casket seems related to the passage of H.R. 9545, which sought to preserve items of evidence pertaining to the assassination of President Kennedy.