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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:


June 30, 1963, 10 am      Guyana

       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: McGeorge Bundy, David Kirkpatrick Este Bruce, Harold Macmillan, David Ormsby Gore, Quintin McGarel Hogg, Lord Hailsham, Alexander Frederick Douglas-Home, David Dean Rusk, John F. Kennedy, William R Tyler, Harold Anthony Cacciae, Philip de Zulueta, Lord Hood, Duncan Sandys, Peter Thorneycroft

December 30, 1966      Diego Garcia

       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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