Nation: Return to Duty

In 1911 a 22-year-old graduate of Annapolis began a tour of duty as a gunboat ensign in China during the Sun Yat-sen Revolution. Last week, 73, and seamed and toughened by the years, Retired Admiral Alan G. Kirk returned to duty in Asia as U.S. Ambassador to Nationalist China. A World War II hero who led invasion fleets against Sicily and Normandy, Kirk also proved himself an able diplomat as Ambassador to Moscow from 1949 to 1952. His selection for the post in Taipei ended a long search for a man who was respected...

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