AFFIDAVIT OF RICHARD DENNIS CALL
The following affidavit was executed by Richard Dennis Call on May 20, 1964.
PRESIDENT'S COMMISSION ON THE ASSASSINATION OF PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY
STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA,
County of Northampton, ss:
I, Richard Dennis Call, R. D. 1, Hellertown. Pennsylvania, being first duly sworn, depose and say:
That I served in the United States Marine Corps from September, 1956, to December, 1959. From December, 1958, to December. 1959. I was stationed with Marine Air Control Squadron #9, Lighter Than Air Station, Santa Ana, California. During this time I made the acquaintance of Lee Harvey Oswald. I lived in the ensign hut next to, and was on the same radar crew as, Oswald. I estimate that I talked to some extent with Oswald each
day during the period that we were stationed together.
It was very difficult to evaluate Oswald's personality because he never talked about his life prior to joining the Marine Corps or about what he did while in the Marine Corps. Although by the usual standards I was just an acquaintance of Oswald, I probably was one of his best friends.
Oswald once dated an airline stewardess who was learning Russian.
Oswald spent a great deal of time reading. I do not remember what he read because he never talked about it. He also spent a great deal of time playing chess. I played chess with him about once a week; we were of approximately equal ability.
Although members of the unit often had discussions on foreign affairs, Oswald seldom, if ever, participated.
During this time, Oswald was studying Russian. For this reason many members of the unit kidded him about being a Russian spy; Oswald seemed to enjoy this sort of remark. At that time I had a phonograph record of Russian classical
pieces entitled "Russian Fireworks." When I would play this record, Oswald would come over to me and say "You called?" I had a chess set which contained red and white chessmen; Oswald always chose the red chessmen, making some remark to the effect that he preferred the "Red Army." In connection with this general joking about Oswald's interest in Russian, he was nicknamed Oswaldskovich." However, I do not recall Oswald's making serious remarks with regard to the Soviet Union or Cuba.
On one occasion, Oswald remarked to me that he had been awarded a scholarship to Albert Schweitzer University and that he planned to attend, remarking that they taught English at Schweitzer.
I believe Oswald generally remained on the post; I do not remember anyone's going on liberty with him. Sometimes he and I went to the base movie theatre.
Oswald was not enthusiastic about his job, and performed about as well as the average radar operator.
Although I sometimes observed Oswald drinking in the Enlisted Men's Club, I do not remember his ever becoming intoxicated.
Oswald complained about the orders he was given, but no more than did the average Marine. However, it was my opinion that the Staff Non-Commissioned Officers did not think of Oswald as capable. In my opinion, this attitude was a result of the fact that Oswald did not try to hide his lack of enthusiasm. I have no recollection of Oswald's studying either Spanish or German.
It was difficult to tell how intelligent Oswald was, because of his refusal to communicate. It was clear, however, that Oswald wanted to be thought of as intelligent.
Nelson Delgado was at this time devoutly religious. Another Marine from California, who at that time was interested in Zen Buddhism, had an idol of Buddha solely for the purpose of making Delgado angry. He succeeded in this attempt. Oswald enjoyed this successful attempt to anger Delgado.
Oswald's reactions to everything were subdued and Stoic.
Oswald's hardship discharge came as a surprise to the members of the unit; we had not known of it long in advance. I have no recollection of Oswald's receiving any visitors.
Signed this 20th day of May, 1964, at Helltown, Pa.
(S)Richard Dennis Call,
RICHARD DENNIS CALL.