William Robert Greer

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William Robert Greer was born in Stewartstown, County Tyrone, Ireland back in 1909.  He emigrated to the United States in 1929, where he found work as a chauffeur to several families in the Boston and New York area.  Enlisting in the United States Navy during WWII, he was assigned to the presidential yacht, being discharged in 1944.

He joined the United States Secret Service in 1945.  He worked his way up through the ranks where he was assigned to chauffeur several Presidents.  He retired from the Secret Service in 1966, due to a stomach ulcer, moving to Waynesville, North Carolina, he died in 1985, he was 75.

While you may not know his name is will forever be written into the history books, for he was chauffeuring then President John, F. Kennedy’s presidential limousine as it made its way through Dealey Plaza on November 22, 1963, when Kennedy was assassinated.

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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray such a sad day.... everyone knows where they were when that happened.... I was a junior in high school, sitting in history class at that moment that it was announced in 1963

Apr 28, 2020 03:32 AM #1
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

James-An interesting bit of history on a man who was part of a sad part of American history.

Apr 28, 2020 04:06 AM #2
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Can you imagine how much stress a chauffeur for the president must have?
Happy Tuesday James Dray 

Apr 28, 2020 04:18 AM #3
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Good morning, James... hard to imagine what it would be like to have lived all those years after that experience... certainly not something that fades from one's mind.

Apr 28, 2020 04:43 AM #4
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

I often wonder what the country would be like if JFK, RFK, and MLK had not been assassinated.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Apr 28, 2020 04:45 AM #5
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Secret service, chauffeur and the dates were big hints about driving JFK. Like Raymond E. Camp I often wonder how the world may have been different had JFK, RFK and MLK had not been assassinated. Enjoy your day!

Apr 28, 2020 04:52 AM #6
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - I seem to recall hearing/reading of Mr Greer and knowing his name but your post reminded me of the details.  

Apr 28, 2020 05:02 AM #7
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

He sure was one that knew how more about that day then we were told. Sad day for our country. 

Apr 28, 2020 05:03 AM #8
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

That would certainly be a terrible memory to have, being with someone when they were assassinated.

Apr 28, 2020 06:04 AM #9
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

And I believe his name is used by Tom Clancy as Jack Ryans friend and boss in his books if I am not mistaken. Interesting man.

Apr 28, 2020 07:03 AM #10
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - My mom pulled us out of school to see his motorcade roll by in Houston on his way to the airport going to Dallas. I will never forget that. It was probably Mr. Greer driving... 

Apr 28, 2020 08:18 AM #11
Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

What an interesting story.  He must have been one heck of a chauffeur.  Where was I that day?  I will have to ask my mom, I was 4 months old.  

Apr 28, 2020 08:41 AM #12
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Good morning James,

What a sad memory and painful time it must have been for Robert Greer.  A

Apr 28, 2020 09:03 AM #13
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi James - that is a day our generation will never forget.  I am sure will find him in some news.

Apr 28, 2020 09:58 AM #14
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi James:

Such a very sad day that was, and what a painful memory that must have been. I can’t imagine!!


Apr 28, 2020 02:49 PM #15
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi James,  Thanks for sharing the story of William Robert Greer.  What an impressive resume - to be able to work your way up in the ranks of the Secret Service. What a sad day in history - I could not imagine being right there when the President was assassinated.

Apr 28, 2020 06:12 PM #16
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- While I remember exactly where I was, I did not know this gentleman's name. 

Apr 28, 2020 06:43 PM #17
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Wow what a way to be remembered and what a burden to live with, Endre

Apr 28, 2020 11:53 PM #18
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

Neat story James Dray . The SS man who protected Jacki during that incident was a ND boy and I've met him several times. He has a book out about covering Jacki when the shooting started.

Apr 29, 2020 05:49 AM #19
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