Interview with Angier "Angie" Biddle Duke continues. In 1949, Duke joined the United States Foreign Service an assistant in Buenos Aires and subsequently Madrid. From 1952-1953 he served as the U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador during the Truman Administration; at this point, at the age of 36 he was at the time the youngest ever U.S. Ambassador. With the Democratic Party out of power in 1953-1961, he left the foreign service and returned to private life. During much of this time, he served as President of the International Rescue Commission.
In 1960, Duke responded favorably to a call from the Kennedy Administration to serve as Chief of Protocol for the U.S. Department of State with the rank of Ambassador; he held this position until 1965 in the Johnson Administration. One of his most famous tasks during this term as Chief of Protocol was to supervise the protocol for all world leaders who attended the November 25, 1963 funeral for the fallen 35th U.S. President, John F. Kennedy
Duke talks about JFK's special powers of giving the nation optimism and hope for the future
Talks more about Kennedy's personality and moods
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