Veteran Story graphic by Kimber Garland.
Clint J. Hill served as a United States secret service agent under five different presidents from Eisenhower to Ford, 1958 to 1975. On Nov. 22, 1963, Clint was a first-hand witness to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, as part of the official motorcade in Dallas, Texas. Clint was assigned to protect the First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy and is widely credited with saving her life by leaping onto the car while it was moving and shielding the first lady from any other potential gunfire. In later years, he suffered from intense guilt, blaming himself for not stopping the assassination of President Kennedy. Despite quietly suffering, he diligently protected the first lady and is popularly credited with saving her life.
Born January 1932, Clint was adopted and raised in the small town of Washburn, North Dakota. He attended university at Concordia College in Minnesota with a desire to become a history and physical education teacher. After college, Clint was drafted into the Army and served as a special agent in the Army Counter-Intelligence Corps. Clint served in the Army from 1954 to 1957 when he was honorably discharged. In 1958, Clint joined the Secret Service and was assigned to a post in Denver, Colorado. A year later, Clint was assigned to guard President Dwight D. Eisenhower, but this service was short-lived as he was selected to guard Jacqueline Kennedy in 1960. Clint performed so well in his role that he was soon managing other agents in charge of her protection in addition to his own duties.
On Nov. 19, 2018, Clint received the Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Award from the Governor of North Dakota. We thank Clint for his service.
Graphic designer: Kimber Garland
Editor: Taryn Gehman
Fact checker: Jordan Gossett