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Home Town Cherokee County, Georgia
Last Address Athens, Georgia
Date of Passing Dec 20, 1994
Location of Interment Oconee Hill Cemetery - Athens, Georgia
Wall/Plot Coordinates Plot: Section J Lot Se 1/4 13
Last Known Activity 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.
Chain of Command 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.
Other Memories http://www.georgiaencyclopedia.org/nge/Article.jsp?id=h-1024
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.