An excerpt from Imagonna: Peace Corps Memories available at amazon.com
We left Greece on a Russian ship to Istanbul and on to Odessa. Before we got to Istanbul, John Kennedy, who sent us to Africa, was murdered. In the ship’s lounge the bar tender said that the radio was telling, in Russian of course, that Kennedy had been shot in Dallas by Lee Harvey Oswald. At first I didn’t believe him because he was a communist and they told lies, right? Two other Americans at the bar confirmed that Kennedy was indeed scheduled to be in Dallas. I went to our room and woke Joyce and told her the sad news. We sat up the rest of the night. During our four hour stop in Istanbul we found some students who translated the Turkish newspaper story for us. I was shocked by the students’ joy at Kennedy’s murder.
….In Moscow, we watched the Kennedy funeral on television. I saw Russians gently weeping as they watched.