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Agent Floyd Boring, Truman's Protector, Dies at 92

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Agent Floyd Boring, Truman's Protector, Dies at 92

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Agent Floyd Boring, Truman's Protector, Dies at 92

Agent Floyd Boring, Truman's Protector, Dies at 92

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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. John G. Zimmerman hide caption

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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.

John G. Zimmerman

Floyd "Toad" Boring, a Secret Service agent best known for his role in defending President Harry Truman from an assassination attempt, died last week at the age of 92.

In 1950, two Puerto Rican nationalists attempted to enter a home where Truman was staying, and Boring took part in the ensuing deadly gun battle. In his career with the Secret Service, he protected presidents from FDR to Lyndon Johnson.

John Bainbridge Jr., co-author of American Gunfight: The Plot to Kill Harry Truman — and the Shoot Out That Stopped It, talks to Melissa Block about Boring.

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