Photographer Stan Stearns–the man who shot the immortal photo of a three-year-old JFK Junior saluting his father’s coffin–passed away on March 2nd at age 76.

Mr. Stearns was working in Washington for the United Press International wire service when Kennedy was killed in Dallas. Outside Washington’s Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle, where the president was celebrated and mourned a few days later, Mr. Stearns waited with other photojournalists

As the procession passed by, Mr. Stearns trained his telephoto lens on first lady Jacqueline Kennedy. When she bent down to whisper in her son’s ear, Mr. Stearns clicked as John Junior’s right hand snapped into a salute. The boy was dressed in a blue dress coat and short pants.  Sadly, the boy witnessed his father’s funeral on his own third birthday.

Stan Stearns shaking hands with LBJ

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