Samuel Berger (Diplomat)

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Samuel D. Berger was a US diplomat.

Berger undertook graduate studies in economics at the University of Wisconsin and the London School of Economics, before entering government service in 1940 as a labor and manpower specialist. In 1942-43 he worked in the Lend-Lease Mission to Great Britain, under Averell Harriman. He served as a captain in the Army in 1944-1945, Until he was recruited into the Foreign Service once more as Labor Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in London. He stayed in London until 1950, and subsequently held positions in Washington, Tokyo, Wellington, and Athens.[1]

In 1961, he was appointe Ambassador to the Republic of Korea. The following year, he was named Career Minister. On the completion of his assignment in Korea, in 1964, Berger became Deputy Commandant of the National War College. From 1965 to 1968 Berger was the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific affairs. In 1968 Berger was sent to Saigon as Deputy Ambassador under Ellsworth Bunker and helped coordinate the U.S. withdrawal from Vietnam. Returning to the U.S in 1972, Berger spent his last two years with the Foreign Service as coordinator of the Senior Seminar program and retired in 1974.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Samuel D. Berger Papers, Georgetown University Special Collections Research Center, accessed 2 October 2013.