Rusk, David Dean, COL

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1543-Infantry Heavy Mortar Unit Commander
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Infantry (Officer)
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1945-1946, Washington Headquarters Services, Office of Secretary of Defense (SECDEF)
Service Years
1940 - 1946
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Cherokee County, Georgia
Last Address
Athens, Georgia

Date of Passing
Dec 20, 1994
Location of Interment
Oconee Hill Cemetery - Athens, Georgia
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Plot: Section J Lot Se 1/4 13
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US Presidential Cabinet Secretary. From 1961 until 1969, he served as the United States Secretary of State during the administrations of Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. Born David Dean Rusk, in Cherokee County, Georgia, into impoverished circumstances, his father was a Presbyterian minster whom struggled with illness for which forced him into the occupation of farmer, his mother was a schoolteacher. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Davidson College in North Carolina and during his collegiate years, he distinguished himself as a standout athlete whom participated on the school' s basketball team. After attending Oxford University on a Rhodes scholarship, he attained his Bachelors of Science and Master of Arts degrees from St. John's College. After the United States was thrust into World War II, Rusk enlisted with the Army and was stationed in the China-Burma-India Theater. He attained the rank of colonel and was the recipient of the Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Clusters. It was during this period in which Rusk developed a vast knowledge of the region for which served him well during his tenure as US Secretary of State. After his return home, he served as an advisor to General George Marshall and later Secretary of State Dean Acheson. From 1952 until his appointment by President Kennedy for Secretary of State, Rusk served as president of the Rockefeller Foundation for which prioritized efforts in improving environmental conditions for poor nations worldwide. As Secretary of State, Rusk provided key advisement to President Kennedy during the "Cuban Missile Crisis" (1962) and recommended the "quarantine" policy which prevented Soviet vessels from transporting additional missiles. After the Soviets backed down, Rusk made the famous quote "We've been eyeball to eyeball and the other fellow just blinked". Following President Kennedy's assassination, Rusk remained on President Johnson's cabinet and during that period, he was a stalwart supporter of the administration's policy on the Vietnam conflict. After leaving Washington, DC in 1969, he returned to his native Georgia where he taught law at the University of Georgia. Additionally, he was the author of several books. He died at the age of 95 in Athens, Georgia.
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During World War II, Rusk served General Joseph W. Stilwell as deputy chief of staff for the China-Burma-India theatre. After the war he held positions in both the state and war departments. In March 1950 he became assistant secretary of state for Far Eastern affairs, a position in which he was involved in U.S. prosecution of the Korean War. Rusk supported the war, but he disagreed with General Douglas MacArthur?s advocacy of expanding the fighting into China.

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With the United States' entry into World War II on the horizon, Rusk joined the U.S. Army in 1940, serving first with the Third Infantry Division, then in the Military Intelligence Service. He served from 1943 to 1945 in the China-Burma-India theater, where he began a lifelong interest in Asian affairs. Achieving the rank of colonel at the end of the war, Rusk joined the general staff in the War Department in Washington, D.C. There he had the opportunity to work with General George Marshall, who would soon become secretary of state and author of the Marshall Plan to assist the war-wrecked nations of Europe.

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China-Burma-India (CBI)

Sultan, Daniel Isom, LTG, (1907-1947) USA 00GD Lieutenant General
Arrowsmith, John Caraway, BG, (1916-1953) EN 1328 Brigadier General
Yount, Paul, MG, (1930-1958) USA 00GC Brigadier General
Hilger, John Allen, COL, (1932-1947) AV AAF 1063 Colonel
Newcomer, Francis, BG, (1913-1949) EN 1221 Colonel
Hill, Francis, BG, (1927-1963) AG 2162 Lieutenant Colonel
Blanton, Thaddeus Harrison, MAJ, (1940-1947) AV AAF 1082 Major
Holstrom, Everett Wayne, LTC, (1939-1947) AV AAF 1063 Major
Braemer, Fred Anthony, CPT, (1935-1945) AV AAF 1036 Captain
Stork, J. Royden, CPT, (1940-1946) AV AAF 1093 Captain
Youngblood, Lucian Nevelson, CPT, (1936-1947) AV AAF 1082 Captain
Cole, Richard E., 1LT, (1940-1947) AV AAF 1082 First Lieutenant
Cole, Richard E., 1LT, (1940-1947) AV AAF 1082 First Lieutenant
Crouch, Horace Ellis, 1LT, (1937-1947) AV AAF 1035 First Lieutenant
Fitzhugh, William N., CPT, (1940-1947) AV AAF 1082 First Lieutenant
Manch, Jacob Earl, MAJ, (1940-1947) AV AAF 1082 First Lieutenant
Wildner, Carl Richard, 1LT, (1937-1947) AV AAF 1035 First Lieutenant
Lunday, Samuel Earl, 2LT, (1942-1946) AV AAF 1055 Second Lieutenant
DeVore, Thomas F., 1ST SGT, (1943-1946) AG 502 First Sergeant
Fuhrmann, Arthur W., 1ST SGT, (1935-1945) EN 459 First Sergeant
Benko, Arthur J., T/SGT, (1942-1943) AV AAF 612 Technical Sergeant
DePollo, Nick, S/SGT, (1941-1945) MP 677 Staff Sergeant
Jones, Aden Earl, 2LT, (1939-1947) AV AAF 1036 Staff Sergeant
Rawlings, Henry, S/SGT, (1941-1946) AV AAF 612 Staff Sergeant
Stephens, Robert J., (1939-1944) AV AAF 510 Staff Sergeant
Bourgeois, Robert C., (1939-1946) AV AAF 510 Sergeant
Oldaker, Ohley Ord Jr., Sgt, (1943-1945) OD 319 Sergeant
Vars, Christopher Young, Sgt, (1942-1950) IN 745 Sergeant
Williams, Adam Ray, M/SGT, (1938-1945) AV AAF 612 Sergeant
Barbee, Tony, T/4, (1942-1945) QM 60 Technician Fourth Grade
Maleonskie, Francis Joseph, T/4, (1943-1946) OD 256 Technician Fourth Grade
Jordan, Bert Mervin, Cpl, (1939-1947) AV AAF 612 Corporal
Kelly, James Campbell, Cpl, (1943-1945) EN AAF 222 Corporal
Simmons, Wallace D., T/5, (1943-1946) QM 304 Technician Fifth Grade
Daniels, Dean, PFC, (1942-1946) TC AAF 969 Private First Class
Osbourn, Don, PFC, (1942-1946) OD 316 Private First Class
Simmons, Paul Abraham, PFC, (1943-1945) TC 345 Private First Class
Moore, Dennis, PVT, (1943-1944) OD 319 Private
Stilwell, Joseph Warren, GEN, (1904-1946) General
Covell, William Edward Raab, MG, (1915-1946) Major General
Evans, Vernon, MG, (1915-1953) Major General
Hearn, Thomas Guerdon, MG, (1915-1946) Major General
Dorn, Frank, BG, (1923-1953) Brigadier General
Ferris, Benjamin Greely, BG, (1915-1951) Brigadier General
Boye, Frederic William, BG, (1915-1950) Colonel
Scott, Jack P., LTC, (1935-1945) Lieutenant Colonel
Reed, William N., LTC, (1939-1944) Major
Bush, James Emerson, CPT, (1939-1944) Captain
Kapaun, Emil Joseph, CPT, (1944-1951) Captain
Lanier, Fulton Pershing, CPT, (1940-1944) Captain
Ramos, Frank, 1LT, (1941-1944) First Lieutenant
Blevins, Jane Marcum, 2LT, (1944-1945) MS Second Lieutenant
Hostetter, May Belle, 2LT, (1943-1944) Second Lieutenant
Coogan, John Leslie, (1941-1945) Flight Officer
Murphy, Bernard F., M/SGT, (1942-1945) Master Sergeant
Van Bogart, Le Roy "Van", T/4, (1939-1958) Technician Fourth Grade
Petrella, Joseph, Cpl, (1941-1944) Corporal
Petrella, Joseph, Cpl, (1941-1944) Corporal
Perkins, Leonard Doyle, T/5, (1942-1945) Technician Fifth Grade

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