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MAJOR GENERAL JOHN K. SINGLAUB - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 12/21/1973 - HFSID 191771

The General, later dismissed by President Carter, recounts his meetings with foreign leaders during World War II, including Charles de Gaulle and leaders of the French resistance; and Chiang Kai-shek and Chinese communist and noncommunist generals

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JOHN K. SINGLAUB
The General, later dismissed by President Carter, recounts his meetings with foreign leaders during World War II, including Charles de Gaulle and leaders of the French resistance; and Chiang Kai-shek and Chinese communist and noncommunist generals
Typed Letter Signed: "John K. Singlaub", 2 pages (front and verso), 8x10½. Office of the Commanding General, US Army Readiness Region VIII, Rocky Mountain Arsenal, Denver, Colorado, 1973 December 21. To Mr. J. Pruett, Principal, Department of Special Education, Clute, Texas. In full: "Thank you very much for your letter dated 7 December 1973. I am most pleased to learn of the interest that your students have in military history, and I am pleased to provide you with the assistance you requested. Please find enclosed a picture and a biography that should provide some of the information for you. [Items not included.] Additionally, I did have the opportunity to meet some of the French and Chinese leaders of World War II. While in Europe, I had the opportunity to meet several of the French leaders to include Charles de Gaulle and General Joseph Pierre Koenig, the Commander of the Forces Francais de l'Interieur (FFI). These officers came on occasion to speak to us about the importance of our missions and to motivate us in the cause of liberating occupied France. On one occasion in China, I met General Chiang Kai-shek. I worked closely with and became a close friend of General Tu Yu Ming and General Lei Wi-huang who were the Theatre Commanders for Northeast China. On one occasion in Manchuria I entertained General Wang, who was later the chief communist negotiator during the Warsaw talks in the late 1950s. I hope that I have provided you with some information that will be of use. Best wishes to you and your students. Sincerely". Major General Singlaub (b. 1921) was anOSS officer in Nazi-occupied France, and headed CIA operations in postwar Manchuria. Because of his opposition to President Carter's plan to withdraw U.S. troops from South Korea, Singlaub was dismissed from his command of U.S. troops in South Korea in 1977 by President Carter. By mid-1979,10% of U.S. troops in South Korea had been withdrawn but the United States then announced that no further troops would be withdrawn until relations between North and South Korea improved. In 1981, President Reagan announced there would be no further U.S. troop withdrawals. As head of the US Council for World Freedom, Singlaub in an unofficial capacity facilitated covert aid by the Reagan administration to the "Contra" rebels in Nicaragua. Staple holes in top left corner. Ink note and pencil note (unknown hand) on verso. Fine condition.

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