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JFK Arrives at Cape Cod for Weekend of Relaxation

July 12, 1963 - President Kennedy, arriving for a Cape Cod weekend, was met at nearby Otis Air Force Base today by his son, John Jr., and a crowd of about 2,000 persons. A Secret Service agent drove the President’s 2-year-old son to the air field and led him by the hand to the foot of the ramp when Mr. Kennedy stepped out of the plane. The President patted his son on the head and took his hand. The agent then took the youngster to a waiting helicopter while the President stepped over to the crowd to shake hands. Traveling with the President were his brother-in-law, Sargent Shriver, head of the Peace Corps, and Paul Fay, Under Secretary of the Navy. Brig. Gen. Charles W. Sweeney, commander of the Massachusetts Air National Guard, also greeted the President. The general was the pilot of the plane that dropped the “Fat Man” atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Nagasaki on August 9, 1945. A few days later, the announcement of Japan’s surrender was made, ending World War II.


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