J. Walter Coughlin, former Secret Service agent to Presidents Kennedy and Johnson, Vice President Humphrey, and other dignitaries, shares his memories of those harrowing times at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, November 16 at the Allen Public Library, 300 N. Allen Dr. Free. Coughlin was a U.S. Secret Service agent from 1961 to 1977.
Coughlin was a member of the advance team for Kennedy’s famous trip to Berlin. It was here where the President delivered one of the more famous speeches in American history, declaring “Ich bin ein Berliner” (I am a Berliner) to an enthusiastic crowd. This was before the unification of Germany, when West Berlin was surrounded by communist East Germany. Protecting the President here was a daunting task. Walter accompanied the President as the motorcade drove by the Berlin wall.