Bunker, Ellsworth

1967 TLS as US Ambassador to South Vietnam

Price: $20.00

Description:
(1894-1984) US diplomat perhaps best known for being a “hawk” on the war in Vietnam and Southeast Asia during the 1960s & 1970s. His father was a founder and Chairman of the Board of National Sugar Refining Co. Bunker studied to be a lawyer, and graduated from Yale in 1916. During WW II he was chairman of the War Production Board's cane sugar advisory committee. He worked at National Sugar, eventually becoming president in 1942. He retired in 1951 and remained a member of the board of National Sugar until 1966. President Truman appointed him Ambassador to Argentina in April 1951, then Ambassador to Italy in Feb. 1952. He was president of the American Red Cross Nov. 1953-Nov. 1956 then appointed Ambassador to India & Nepal by President Eisenhower. He was Ambassador to the Organization of American States 1964–66. President Johnson appointed him Ambassador to South Vietnam 1967–73 replacing Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr. Once in Saigon, he strongly supported the war efforts of Presidents Johnson & Nixon, going so far as to applaud US incursions into Laos and Cambodia. Following the conclusion of the Vietnam War, Bunker headed the US team involved in the drawing up of the 1977 Torrijos-Carter Treaties regarding the Panama Canal Zone. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom with Distinction twice, in 1963 & 1967. TLS while Ambassador to South Vietnam on 10 ˝ x 8 white embossed “Embassy of the United States of America” letterhead, APO San Francisco, September 22 1967, white embossed seal at top left corner, sends requested autograph to a Virginia collector.

Condition: Very good
Type:Letter






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