FOCUS ON THE FOREIGN SERVICE IN VIETNAM
Allan Wendt was a junior FSO on night duty when the embassy was attacked by Viet Cong commandos. This is his story.
From the vantage point of both the field and the National Security Council, one FSO shows the critical role the Foreign Service played in a difficult environment.
At the State Department, a small group of FSOs worked outside normal channels to prevent a potential human tragedy.
With the fall of South Vietnam looming, and an ambassador still in denial, FSOs on the ground began taking matters into their own hands to help get people out, by any means possible.
Amidst the chaos of the last days in Saigon, U.S. government personnel risked their lives to save Vietnamese.
Serving in Embassy Saigon’s consular section meant dealing with the social consequences—marriages, births, adoptions—of more than three million Americans coming through a country of 26 million.
Forty years later, the experience still offers valuable insights for effective expeditionary diplomacy.
Now known for its dynamic economy, Vietnam has slowly but surely taken its place among the nations of the world.
Forty-five years after serving there, one veteran FSO encounters the new Vietnam.
A lifelong AFSA member, Ted served as the association’s elected president from 1989 to 1991 and as FSJ Editorial Board chair from 2005 to 2011.
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