Updated December 12, 2018 05:08:25 A man who made the ultimate sacrifice to save a dying US president on a flight to New York on the eve of his death has been remembered by the US president’s close friends.
Jackie Earle Haley was one of the last people to see President John F Kennedy on a commercial flight in 1945.
He and his wife, Jackie, boarded the plane with President John Kennedy and his brother, Robert Kennedy, and two of their sons, Edward and John.
He was among the first people to arrive, arriving at JFK’s New York office at about 2:00pm (AEST) on November 22, 1945.
The pair had been on a short break from work and went to a restaurant at JFK Airport to pick up some food.
After they arrived, Mr Haley was told that his brother had already been shot.
He managed to get out of the plane, but when he returned he saw that his older brother had been killed.
He had been shot by the sniper at the head of the President’s staff, John Foster Dulles.
Jackie was rushed to the hospital where she was given a dose of morphine and given oxygen.
Her brother, Edward, was killed by the assassin, John Walker Lindh.
A few days later, Jackie was back in New York, working as a secretary at a bank.
Her final days in New Orleans were spent in the hospital receiving treatment for pneumonia and heart failure.
Her friend and fellow US senator, Robert F Kennedy, was a passenger on the flight and heard her story.
His wife, Jacqueline Kennedy, also heard the story of the young woman who saved her life.
Her son, Edward Kennedy, is now the president’s oldest surviving son and the first US president to be named after Jackie.
The couple had three children, Bobby and Bobby Jr, as well as a daughter, Jackie.
President Donald Trump said he knew Jackie for over 40 years and said the two met when she was 16 years old.
“I was born in New Jersey, grew up in New England, went to school in New Hampshire, then came back to New Jersey.
I was a kid when Jackie was in New Mexico.
She was a beautiful girl, she was so beautiful,” he said.”
She was just a beautiful lady, just a very special person.”‘
You are the light of the world’The story of Jackie Earle’s life was one that many Americans knew and admired.
But the man they knew as “The Big Easy” had a darker side.
He was also a political activist and a staunch defender of civil rights for black Americans.
When JFK died in November, Jackie became one of his final survivors.
“The truth is that there was never any doubt about the truth.
That’s why we are still here today.
Jackie Earles life is a lesson for us all, that we are the world’s light.
I believe in the light.
We are the sun, Jackie Earls light,” Mr Trump said.
“We are going to make America great again.
And we are going the right way.”
President Donald Trumps remarks at the funeral of the late US president John F. Kennedy at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC, November 28, 2019.(AP: Saul Loeb)Mr Trump said Jackie had a gift for making the world a better place.
“When you’re young, you want to be great.
And when you’re older, you know what you want,” he told reporters.
On Twitter, Mr Trump described Jackie as a “kind, gentle soul” and said that the two would always be “in touch”.
“I always had the greatest respect for Jackie Earll.
He was an extraordinary man, an incredible human being, and I am so proud of him.”
And I wish that I had the opportunity to say a few words to Jackie on behalf of the entire family, on behalf the entire country, because you are the future of our country,” he added.”
He was a true American hero.
I am very proud to have known him.”‘
I had no idea what was going to happen’On November 29, Jackie died in her sleep.
Mr Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, said in a statement: “Jackie’s life is forever etched in our hearts and will forever remain in our memory.””
It is a rare honor for a daughter to be a role model for her father and to have such a strong and lasting impact on the lives of millions of Americans,” she added.
President Donald J. Trump speaks to reporters on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington (AFP)Earlier in the day, President Trump said the news of Jackie’s death was “very sad”.”
It’s just sad,” he tweeted.”
What a wonderful girl and a very talented