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For retired Navy veteran Robert Carey, November 22, 1963, was just another typical day for the 11-year-old fifth grade Catholic boy from New Jersey.
But that quickly changed when he and his fellow students were informed president john f. Kennedy had been shot.
"The nuns come running in, and turn the TV on…a lot of the girls were crying."
Carey recalls the entire school praying for the president, and when he passed away, school was cancelled for several days so families could watch the funeral and mourn.
But that is not where this story ends.
"On November 22, 1975, I was on board the John F. Kennedy aircraft carrier when we were struck by a cruiser. 22 people on board the cruiser and four people on board the carrier were killed."
The disaster was one of the worst in naval history.
Carey recalls the eerie connection between the two events.
"To everyone it just seemed like such an strange coincidence,” Carey says. “On the anniversary of JFK’s death, a ship named after him is involved in an accident that kills all those people. It was very strange.”
But Carey says he sometimes still wonders, what if?
"Most people thought he was a good president. I sometimes wonder how things might be different (if he had not been shot). Would they be better, worse? I don’t know.”