John K. Singlaub

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John K. Singlaub
Major General John K. Singlaub
Birth nameJohn Kirk Singlaub
Born (1921-07-10) July 10, 1921 (age 100)
Independence, California
AllegianceUnited StatesUnited States of America
Service/branchUnited States Army seal United States Army
Years of service1943–1977
RankUS-O8 insignia.svg Major general
Battles/warsWorld War II
Korean War
Vietnam War
AwardsDistinguished Service Medal (2)
Silver Star
Legion of Merit (3)
Bronze Star (2)
Air Medal (2)
Purple Heart

John Kirk Singlaub (born July 10, 1921) was an American OSS officer. He was a founding member of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), and is a retired Major General in the United States Army.

Early life[change | change source]

Singlaub was born in Independence, California. He studied at the University of California, Los Angeles. He served in the United States Army during World War II and parachuted into Occupied France to fight with the French Resistance.

Jimmy Carter criticisms[change | change source]

In 1977, Singlaub was relieved from his position as Chief of Staff of U.S. forces in South Korea after criticizing President Jimmy Carter's decision to withdraw U.S. troops from the Korean peninsula in an interview with the Washington Post.[1][2] Less than a year later Singlaub was forced to retire after publicly questioning President Carter's national security policies.[3]

Political activity[change | change source]

In 1979 Singlaub founded the Western Goals Foundation, a private intelligence network that was found to have supplied weapons to the contras during the Iran-Contra affair during the Ronald Reagan administration. Singlaub has contributed to several books, as well as writing an autobiography.

Singlaub served as a leading figure in U.S. national security and defense matters under Democratic and Republican U.S. Presidents, from Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson to Dwight D. Eisenhower and Richard Nixon.

References[change | change source]

  1. Carter / Singlaub (NBC) from the Vanderbilt Television News Archive
  2. Time Magazine – General on the Carpet
  3. Persico, Joseph E. (August 4, 1991). "His Dog Tags Don't Come Off (Book Review)". New York Times. Retrieved 24 June 2015.

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