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Profile: David Kirkpatrick Este Bruce


Positions that David Kirkpatrick Este Bruce has held:

  • US Ambassador to Britain (1961-1969)
  • US Ambassador to France (1949-1952)
  • US Ambassador to West Germany (1957-1959)
  • Administrative head of the London base of the Office of Strategic Services




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David Kirkpatrick Este Bruce actively participated in the following events:


10:00 a.m. June 30, 1963      US-Britain-Guyana (1953-1992)

       US and British officials meet and discuss the Guyana government of the left-leaning Cheddi Jagan. A memorandum of the meeting states: “The President [Kennedy] said he agreed with the analysis of all the difficulties, but that these still paled in comparison with the prospect of the establishment of a Communist regime in Latin America. Mr. Sandys said he thought the best solution was that of a Burnham-D'Aguiar government to which the UK would grant independence.” [Sources: Paper Prepared in the Department of State]
People and organizations involved: Harold Macmillan, David Kirkpatrick Este Bruce, David Ormsby Gore, McGeorge Bundy, Quintin McGarel Hogg, Lord Hailsham, Harold Anthony Cacciae, William R Tyler, David Dean Rusk, Duncan Sandys, Peter Thorneycroft, Lord Hood, Philip de Zulueta, John F. Kennedy, Alexander Frederick Douglas-Home

December 30, 1966      US-Britain-Diego Garcia (1770-2004)

       The US and Britain secretly agree to make the British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT) available “for the defense purposes of both Governments as they may arise” for a period of 50 years, and thereafter for 20 years during which time either government will have the right to terminate the agreement. [BBC, 11/11/2004; Guardian, 9/01/2000; BBC, 1/10/2001 Sources: Agreement on the Availability of Certain Indian Ocean Islands for Defense Purposes. 12/30/1966, Letter from the British Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs to the American Ambassador. 12/30/1966]
People and organizations involved: David Kirkpatrick Este Bruce, George T. Churchill

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