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    Oswald's signed Guidebook for Marines with corrections by him in the "Rifle" chapter plus documents related to Oswald's 1963 arrest in New Orleans

    (1) Lee Harvey Oswald Guidebook for Marines Signed "PVT. LEE H. OSWALD/NO. 1653230" in light pencil in block letters on title page, 476 pages, 6.5" x 8.25". Published by the Leatherneck Association, Inc. Washington, D.C. Fifth Revised Edition, First Printing, January 1, 1956. From the Preface: "This fifth revision of the original Guidebook For Marines is the result of a combined effort by Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps, Marine Corps Schools and Leatherneck Magazine..." Stamped in the upper margin on the title page, lightly on page 80, and on page 91, is "L H. OSWALD." Worn, heavily creased fabrikoid covers, copiously illustrated with photographs and diagrams. Torn spine with front cover and spine partially separated from the text. The first 90 pages, including the title page, are dog-eared in the lower right, decreasing in degree, page by page. The last 120 pages, 353-476, are dog-eared in the upper right, increasing in degree, page by page. Some other pages have tears at the corners or are dog-eared to a lesser extent. The "53" of Oswald's Service Serial Number has been effaced. Of special interest is Chapter15, "The M1 Rifle."

    Oswald has made notes and edits in pencil in "The M1 Rifle" chapter, the only handwritten notes in the book. On page 171, the first page of the chapter, the listing of "Average rate of aimed fire per minute" is "30 rounds." Oswald has crossed out "30" and written "16-24." [The Warren Report concluded that "the three shots were fired in a time period ranging from approximately 4.8 to in excess of 7 seconds"]. On page 180, he's crossed out the word "Movement" in "Movement of the operating rod" replacing it with "action." On page 181, Oswald replaced "Action of the follower" with "(feeding)" and underlined the first word in "Termination of rearward movement." On page 189, the last page of the chapter, in the subchapter headed "Sight Setting," he has underlined the 15 words (here in quotes) explaining the elevating and windage knob clicks on the rifle, with each click representing "1 minute of angle or approximately 1 inch on the target for each 100 yards" of range. [The Warren Report stated "The President was 265.3 feet from the rifle in the sixth-floor window and at that position the approximate angle of declination was 15°21'.331."]

    The Warren Report, officially the Report of the President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy, "concluded that a rifleman of Lee Harvey Oswald's capabilities could have fired the shots from the rifle used in the assassination within the elapsed time of the shooting. The Commission has concluded further that Oswald possessed the capability with a rifle which enabled him to commit the assassination." The Dallas police found a "bolt-action rifle with a telescopic sight" stuffed between two rows of boxes on the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository. The Commission also concluded that the "rifle from which the shots were fired was owned by and in the possession of Oswald...Oswald carried this rifle into the Depository Building on the morning of November 22, 1963...Oswald, at the time of the assassination, was present at the window from which the shots were fired."

    From The Warren Report: "On August 5, he [Oswald] visited a store managed by Carlos Bringuier, a Cuban refugee and avid opponent of Castro and the New Orleans delegate of the Cuban student directorate. Oswald indicated an interest in joining the struggle against Castro. He told Bringuier that he had been a marine and was trained in guerrilla warfare, and that he was willing not only to train Cubans to fight Castro but also to join the fight himself. The next day Oswald returned to the store and left his 'Guidebook for Marines' for Bringuier." On November 25, 1963, the day after Oswald was killed by Jack Ruby, Bringuier gave the guidebook to a Secret Service agent. Dr. Bringuier's testimony before the Warren Commission's legal staff is on page 32 of Vol. X of The Warren Report.

    (2) Adrian G. Vial Autograph Document Signed "A.G. Vial/Special Agent/U.S. Secret Service," one page, 8" x 10.5", dated November 25, 1963. In full, "Received from Carlos Bringuier, one Guidebook for Marines, to be returned when it has served its purpose." Fine condition.

    On August 9, 1963, Celso Hernandez, one of Bringuier's friends, came into the store to ask for help in stopping a young American from distributing pro-Castro literature on the street. Another friend, Miguel Cruz, joined them; all three were Cuban exiles. They found the man a few blocks away. It was Lee Harvey Oswald. From The Warren Report: "On August 9, Bringuier saw Oswald passing out Fair Play for Cuba leaflets. Bringuier and his companions became angry and a dispute resulted. Oswald and the three Cuban exiles were arrested for disturbing the peace. Oswald spent the night in jail and was interviewed the next day by a lieutenant of the New Orleans Police Department. At Oswald's request, an FBI agent also interviewed him. Oswald maintained that he was a member of the New Orleans branch of the Fair Play for Cuba Committee which, he claimed, had 35 members. He stated also that he had been in touch with the president of that organization, A. J. Hidell. Oswald was in fact the only member of the 'New Orleans branch,' which had never been chartered by the National Fair Play for Cuba Committee. Later that day Oswald was released on bail, and 2 days later he pleaded guilty to the charges against him and paid a $10 fine. The charges against the Cuban exiles were dismissed."

    (3) Printed Document , carbon filled out by typewriter, one page, 8.5" x 11". Affidavit, State of Louisiana, City of New Orleans, Parish of Orleans, Second Municipal Court, August 9, 1963. Lieutenant William Gaillot, Patrolman F. Wilson, and Patrolman F. Hayward "having been duly sworn, doth depose and say: That on Friday the 9th day of August 1963, at about 4:15 o'clock PM., on 700 Blk. Canal St...within the jurisdiction of this Court, one Lee H. Oswald, Carlos J. Bringuier, Celso M. Hernandez and Miguel M. Cruz did then and there willfully violate Ordinance No, B828 XCS Section 42-22 relative to Disturbing the peace by Creating a Scene..." Carlos J. Bringuier's name is circled in ink; this was his copy. Oswald's copy was a Warren Commission exhibit.

    A camera crew from WDSU-TV was outside the courtroom on August 12th. Charges against Bringuier, Hernandez, and Cruz were dismissed; Oswald was fined $10.00 and released. On August 21, 1963, on the New Orleans' WDSU radio program, "Conversation Carte Blanche," Dr. Bringuier and Lee Harvey Oswald debated their anti-Castro and pro-Castro views, respectively. This debate is mentioned in the Warren Report and depicted in Oliver Stone's film, JFK.

    (4) First Printing of Red Friday Nov. 22nd. 1963 Signed by the author, Carlos Bringuier, 174 pages, 5" x 8.25". Chicago: Chas. Hallberg & Company, 1969. Dr. Bringuier's book supporting his belief that Lee Harvey Oswald, a pro-Castro, Communist revolutionary, assassinated President Kennedy. There are 36 illustrations including Warren Commission exhibits, the signed title page of Oswald's copy of Guidebook for Marines, Oswald's copy of the August 9, 1963 court affidavit, and a May 19, 1964 letter to Bringuier from Warren Commission General Counsel J. Lee Rankin regarding the return of the "GUIDEBOOK FOR MARINES which Lee Harvey Oswald gave you in August of 1963." In his book, Dr. Bringuier relates something Oswald said to him before the radio debate began. He had brought Oswald's guidebook to the radio station. "When he saw his Guidebook for Marines he laughed and told me not to organize any expedition against Cuba based on it because it would be a failure and I would get killed since the book was so obsolete...When the debate was over, I put out a press release explaining what happened [during the debate] and asking the people of New Orleans to write their Congressmen to ask for a full investigation of Lee Harvey Oswald."

    In its chapter on "Possible Motives," The Warren Report concludes, "Oswald's activities with regard to Cuba raise serious questions as to how much he might have been motivated in the assassination by a desire to aid the Castro regime, which President Kennedy so out-spokenly criticized. For example, the Dallas Times Herald of November 19, 1963, prominently reported President Kennedy as having 'all but invited the Cuban people today to overthrow Fidel Castro's Communist regime and promised prompt U.S. aid if they do'...While some of Castro's more severe criticisms of President Kennedy might have led Oswald to believe that he would be well received in Cuba after he had assassinated the American President, it does not appear that he had any plans to go there. Oswald was carrying only $13.87 at the time of his arrest...it is unlikely that a reasoning person would plan to attempt to travel from Dallas, Tex., to Cuba with $13.87." It should be remembered that The Warren Report also concluded that "there was no conspiracy" so there would be no one to finance his trip to Cuba.

    An historically significant collection of books and documents, consigned by Dr. Carlos Bringuier, relating to Lee Harvey Oswald's rifle capability, his support of Castro's regime, considered a possible motive, and his arrest just three months before Kennedy's assassination.


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