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Full Transcript: U.S. Secret Service Command Post Radio Traffic From March 30, 1981

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March 11, 2011, 4:48 a.m.

COR­REC­TION: An earli­er ver­sion of this story mis­stated the date of the as­sas­sin­a­tion at­tempt on Pres­id­ent Re­agan. It took place on March 30, 1981.

The fol­low­ing is a tran­script of the com­mand post ra­dio traffic on March 30, 1981, im­me­di­ately be­fore and after the as­sas­sin­a­tion at­tempt on Pres­id­ent Ron­ald Re­agan. The tran­script was provided to Na­tion­al Journ­al by the U.S. Secret Ser­vice. Down­load a PDF of the full tran­script.

COR­REC­TION: An earli­er ver­sion of this story mis­stated the date of the as­sas­sin­a­tion at­tempt on Pres­id­ent Re­agan. It took place on March 30, 1981.

The fol­low­ing is a tran­script of the com­mand post ra­dio traffic on March 30, 1981, im­me­di­ately be­fore and after the as­sas­sin­a­tion at­tempt on Pres­id­ent Ron­ald Re­agan. The tran­script was provided to Na­tion­al Journ­al by the U.S. Secret Ser­vice. Down­load a PDF of the full tran­script.


Secret Ser­vice Gloss­ary

  • Raw­hide  = Ron­ald Re­agan
  • Jerry Parr, Spe­cial Agent In Charge, Re­agan’s de­tail
  • Ray Shad­dick, Shift Lead­er, Re­agan’s de­tail
  • Horsepower = Pres­id­en­tial Pro­tec­tion Di­vi­sion Com­mand Post
  • Crown = The White House
  • Rain­bow = Nancy Re­agan
  • Stage­coach = The pres­id­ent’s limo
  • Half­back = The pres­id­ent’s fol­low vehicle
  • Drew Un­rue, the  Agent driv­ing Stage­coach
  • Fen­cing­mas­ter = Code name for the Sec­ret­ary of the Treas­ury

Time code ref­er­enced is from be­gin­ning of au­dio clip.

Monday, March 30, 1981, 2:27 p.m. EST:

00:08             SPE­CIAL AGENT WIL­LI­AM GREEN: “[In­aud­ible] Green.  Com­ing out.”

00:16            AS­SIST­ANT TO THE SPE­CIAL AGENT IN CHARGE RAY SHAD­DICK: “Horsepower, Shad­dick.”

00:18            HORSEPOWER: “[in­aud­ible]”

00:19            SHAD­DICK: “Ad­vise, we’ve had shots fired. Shots fired. There are some in­jur­ies, uh, lay one on.”

00:26            SHAD­DICK: “Parr, Shad­dick.”

00:29             VOICE: [In­aud­ible]

00:32            SHAD­DICK: “Stage­coach, Shad­dick.” 

00:35            SPE­CIAL AGENT IN CHARGE JERRY PARR: “Raw­hide is okay, Fol­low-up. Raw­hide is okay.” 

00:40            VOICE: [In­aud­ible] [OVER­LAP­PING}

00:41            SHAD­DICK: “Half­back, ro­ger”

00:46            SHAD­DICK: “You wanna go to the hos­pit­al or back to the White House?”

00:50            PARR: “We’re go­ing right”¦ we’re go­ing to Crown.”

00:52            SHAD­DICK: “Okay”

00:56            VOICE: [In­aud­ible]

00:58            SHAD­DICK: “Back to the White House.  Back to the White House.  Raw­hide is okay.”

01:07            CROWN: “Half­back, Crown”

01:12            VOICE: [In­aud­ible]

01:14             CROWN: “Half­back, Half­back, Crown”

01:17             HALF­BACK: “Crown, Half­back.”

01:18            CROWN: “Half­back, Crown. We have Mur­atti re­quest­ing a status re­port on Raw­hide.”

01:22             HALF­BACK: “Tell him to stay off the air for now. Raw­hide’s al­right.”

01:27            CROWN: “Thank you so much.”

01:32            SPE­CIAL AGENT THOMAS DREW UN­RUE: “Gor­don, Un­rue.”

01:37            UN­RUE: “Gor­don, Gor­don, Un­rue.”

01:44            GOR­DON: “Go ahead. Gor­don.” [OVER­LAP­PING]

01:44            UN­RUE: “Gor­don, Un­rue.”

01:46            SPE­CIAL AGENT MARY ANN GOR­DON: “Go ahead, Drew.”

01:47            UN­RUE: “Ro­ger. We want to go to the emer­gency room of George Wash­ing­ton.”

01:53            GOR­DON: “That’s a ro­ger.”

01:57            UN­RUE: “Go to George Wash­ing­ton fast.”

01:58            GOR­DON: “Ro­ger. Ser­geant Bell, Gor­don.” 

02:03            SHAD­DICK: “Parr, Shad­dick.”

02:06            SHAD­DICK: “Parr, Shad­dick.”

02:09            PARR: “Shad­dick, Parr. George Wash­ing­ton.”

02:13            SHAD­DICK: “Ro­ger.”

02:15            VOICE: [In­aud­ible]

02:18            PARR: “Get an am­bu­lance, I mean get the, um, stretch­er out there.”

02:24            SHAD­DICK: “Horsepower, Shad­dick. You copy, GW?”

02:27            HORSEPOWER:  “Cor­rect. We’ve made the call.”

02:32            VOICE: [In­aud­ible]

02:38            HALF­BACK: “Horsepower, Horsepower, [in­aud­ible].“

02:40            PARR: “Let’s hustle.”

02:43            HORSEPOWER: “This is Horsepower. Go ahead.”

02:45             VOICE: [In­aud­ible, sirens] “”¦Con­necti­c­ut Av­en­ue en route Cent­ral Cell Block” 

02:59            HORSEPOWER: “Ah, this is Horsepower. You’re ter­ribly broken. I just caught the tail end. Say again?”

03:07            VOICE: “Horsepower this is [in­aud­ible]

03:11            VOICE: “Agent, Horsepower. Go ahead.”

03:13            VOICE:  (Sirens)”¦.. “Ro­ger. I have sus­pect in cus­tody. I’m in an MPD vehicle, head­ing for, tak­ing him to [in­aud­ible] Cent­ral Cell Block. Can I get sup­port please?

03:26            HORSEPOWER: “Okay, let’s send some agents up there to help.”

03:32            SHAD­DICK “Horsepower, Shad­dick.

03:33            VOICE: “Shad­dick from”¦”

03:36            VOICE: “[In­aud­ible], Half­back.”

03:40            VOICE:  [In­aud­ible]

03:45            VOICE: “Horsepower, we’re on”¦ en route to the loc­a­tion.”

03:50            VOICE: [In­aud­ible]

03:54            HALF­BACK: “Horsepower, Half­back. We have an ar­rival at GW.”

03:58            HORSEPOWER: “Con­firm, ro­ger.“

03:59            HALF­BACK: “Would you, uh, con­tact WFO or some oth­er di­vi­sions and get ad­di­tion­al people sent to this loc­a­tion.”

04:06            HORSEPOWER:  “Ro­ger that.”

04:10            VOICE: “Horsepower, [in­aud­ible].”

04:12            HORSEPOWER:  [In­aud­ible]

04:14            VOICE: [In­aud­ible, sirens] “¦sus­pect in cus­tody at Cent­ral Cell”¦ [in­aud­ible].

04:22            HORSEPOWER:  “[In­aud­ible] “¦re­peat it.“

04:26            VOICE:  [Noise and loud sirens in the back­ground.] “Be ad­vised I have sus­pect in cus­tody in an MPD vehicle ar­riv­ing at Cent­ral Cell Block. Tak­ing him to cent­ral book­ing and [in­aud­ible], copy?“

04:37            HORSEPOWER: “Re­peat it one last time, over.”

04:41             VOICE: [In­aud­ible”¦Sirens]

04:45            VOICE: [In­aud­ible”¦Sirens]

04:49            [Stat­ic]

04:51            HILTON SE­CUR­ITY ROOM: “Green, Hilton se­cur­ity room.”

04:54            GREEN: “Go ahead.”

04:59            GREEN: “Hilton se­cur­ity room from Green. Go ahead”

05:02            HILTON SE­CUR­ITY ROOM: “This is the se­cur­ity room.  When you have a chance, give us a call down here.”

05:06            GREEN: “Ro­ger.”

05:12            VOICE: [In­aud­ible]

05:17            VOICE: [In­aud­ible]

05:23            VOICE: “Go ahead.”

05:28            VOICE: “Go ahead, Brown.”

05:32            VOICE: “Go ahead, Brown.”

05:38            VOICE: “Horsepower, Fen­cing Mas­ter limo.”

05:44            SPE­CIAL AGENT JAMES VAREY: “Wanko, Varey.”

05:48            VAREY: “Wanko, Varey.”

05:49            SPE­CIAL AGENT ROBERT WANKO: “Go ahead, Varey”

05:51            VAREY: “Where you at, ahh, Bob?”

05:52            WANKO: “Over by the door in the front.”

05:56            VAREY: “Al­right”

06:00             WANKO: “[In­aud­ible], you want me to meet you at the park­way there, where you come out in the street.”

06:04            VAREY: “Neg­at­ive, meet me at the first door here, uh, [in­aud­ible]”

06:15            VOICE:  [In­aud­ible]

06:17            VOICE:  “Go ahead.”

06:19            VOICE: “What’s your loc­a­tion?”

06:22            VOICE: “Stand­ing at the, ahh, en­trance­way in­to the, uh [in­aud­ible].

06:30            SPE­CIAL AGENT CAMP­BELL: “Sul­li­van, Camp­bell. Come on out. [in­aud­ible], Camp­bell, please [in­aud­ible].”

06:37            VOICE: “Com­ing.”

06:39            SPE­CIAL AGENT GEORGE OP­FER: “Horsepower from Op­fer.”

06:41            HORSEPOWER:  “Sta­tion call­ing Horsepower.”

06:44            OP­FER: “Ro­ger. We’re gonna leave with Rain­bow and go to that loc­a­tion.”

06:49            HORSEPOWER: “Sta­tion call­ing Horsepower, re­peat please.”

06:51            OP­FER: “Horsepower this is Op­fer. We’re go­ing to go to that loc­a­tion with Rain­bow.”

06:55            HORSEPOWER: “Ro­ger, George”

06:57            [Stat­ic]

07:04            FIRST LADY TRAIL CAR:  “Crown and Horsepower, Rain­bow trail. De­part Crown en route loc­al stop.”

07:10            HORSEPOWER: “Horsepower copy, Rain­bow trail.”

07:13            OP­FER: “Horsepower from Op­fer.”

07:16            HORSEPOWER: “Op­fer, [in­aud­ible].“

07:18            OP­FER: “Ro­ger, if you have any con­tact at this next loc­a­tion tell them we’re com­ing in the 22nd Street en­trance.”

07:24            HORSEPOWER: “Ro­ger, 22nd Street. Break. Half­back, Half­back, Horsepower.”   

07:28            HALF­BACK: “Horsepower, Half­back.”

07:30            HORSEPOWER: “Ro­ger, be ad­vised Rain­bow is com­ing to your loc­a­tion at the 22nd Street en­trance.  Can you make sure she gets in?”

07:39            HALF­BACK: “Ro­ger.  Burns you copy?”

07:42            FIRST LADY TRAIL CAR: “Crown and Horsepower from Rain­bow trail, Rain­bow ar­rive loc­al stop.”

07:48            SPE­CIAL AGENT BURNS: “Ro­ger.”

07:53            [Ex­ten­ded peri­od of stat­ic]

09:08            VOICE: [In­aud­ible]

09:24            GREEN: “[In­aud­ible], Green”

09:28            VOICE: [In­aud­ible]

09:32            VOICE: “Break”

09:41            HORSEPOWER: “Half­back, Horsepower.”

09:45            HALF­BACK: “Horsepower, Half­back.”

09:47            HORSEPOWER: “Ro­ger, could you get a hold of Shad­dick or Parr and have them two-two Horsepower?

09:54            HALF­BACK: “Ro­ger. Break. Shad­dick or Parr you copy two-two Horsepower?”

10:01            SHAD­DICK: “Ro­ger, [in­aud­ible]. Two-two Horsepower.”

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