Archive - December 22, 2013

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Jack Hood Vaughn Laid To Rest In National Cemetery at Arlington

Jack Hood Vaughn Laid To Rest In National Cemetery at Arlington

Jack Hood Vaughn, the second director of the Peace Corps (March 1, 1966 to April 30, 1969), and the first Republican Director, was laid to his final rest at the National Cemetery at Arlington.  It was his desire to be buried at Arlington. I happened on Thursday December 19, 2013. Jack Vaughn died on October 29, 2012, at the age of 92. Like President Kennedy, Sargent Shriver, Warren Wiggins, and many of the visionaries who conceived of the Peace Corps, Jack was a combat veteran of WW II, serving in the Marine Corps. He had received citations for valor, was wounded three times, and understood why:  “There is no way to peace, peace is the way.” With the escalating war in Vietnam during his directorship, he had interceded again and again to keep PCVs free of that dismal, needless war. When the issue of war and foreign policy came up, Jack always maintained that,  “If for . . .

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