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Floyd Murray "Toad" Boring
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This iconic image appeared on the front pages of newspapers across the country. Floyd Boring stands guard outside Blair House in Washington, D.C., after the shootout that thwarted an attempt to kill President Harry S. Truman on Nov. 1, 1950. One of the assassins, Oscar Collazo, lies on the ground after being shot by Boring and White House police officer Joseph Davidson. Collazo survived his wounds and was tried and sentenced to death. Truman commuted the sentence to life imprisonment and Collazo spent 29 years in a federal penitentiary before being pardoned by President Jimmy Carter in 1979. He returned to Puerto Rico where he died in 1994. Photo by John G. Zimmerman
Added by: George Bacon
2/11/2008
 
 

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