Originally posted October 18, 2011, at Cob Blog. Republished with permission of the author.
Homecoming is known for bringing together alumni and the Concordia College community. Concordia was able to bring back one of its most famous Cobbers tonight.
Clint Hill is a 1954 graduate of Concordia, an ELCA college. After graduating he became a member of the Secret Service and was assigned to the staff at the White House.
He helped protect Dwight Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy and the Kennedy family. He spent all his time with the Kennedys while John was president, and protected them wherever they went.
He was in the car directly behind the president when Kennedy was assassinated in 1963. After the first shot, he ran forward to the car and jumped on the back. He served as a shield over the president and first lady on the way to the hospital.
He was the only agent who helped protect the president in the car after the shots went off.
As I listened to Hill, I was blown away. The bravery, courage and loyalty this man had for his job and the Kennedys is astonishing. Clint Hill is a true hero.
And to think that he was a Concordia student at one point and going to school at the same place that I am right now!? I’m speechless. It’s just another reason why I’m proud to be a Concordia Cobber.
Find a link to Katie Englund’s entry on Cob Blog at Lutheran Blogs.