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Retired Conover surgeon witnessed JFK’s autopsy

November 22, 2013

(Photo special to the O-N-E)

CONOVER — A half century after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas, a prominent Conover surgeon has memories of the historic event that few Americans can share.

Dr. Harvey E. Christensen, now retired from his general and thoracic surgical practice, was a young Navy doctor on duty at Bethesda Naval Medical Center in Washington when the body of the slain leader was brought in from Air Force One to be autopsied, just hours after JFK’s death. Dr. Chris, as he is known by thousands of local people, stood quietly near the body and observed the autopsy procedure — which became the focus of several conspiracy theories about the shooting death.

To read more of this story, pick up the Friday edition of Catawba County's community newspaper, The Observer News Enterprise, at newsstands throughout the county.

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