Military service after World War II


He was assigned to the U.S. embassy in Rome as Chief of the Military Assistance Advisory Group, administering military and economic aid for Italy, when Claire Boothe Luce became the U.S. Ambassador to Italy. In 1955, he joined the Far Eastern Command staff of General Lyman Lemnitzer in Tokyo. He was Assistant Chief of Staff J-5 for the joint United Nations and Far East Commands, in charge of governmental relations between the military and Japan, Korea and the Ryukyu Islands including Okinawa. His toughest job in Japan was to personally negotiate a new master labor contract which established the working relationship between the U.S. forces there and the 157,000 Japanese employees, avoiding a threatened general strike.


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