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William Bundy

William BundyAKA William Putnam Bundy

Born: 24-Sep-1917
Birthplace: Washington, DC
Died: 6-Oct-2000
Location of death: Princeton Township, MA
Cause of death: Heart Failure
Remains: Buried, Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, MA

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Government, Historian

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Cold War advisor to JFK, LBJ

During World War II, William Bundy joined the Army Signal Corps and commanded the contingent of American codebreakers cracking German ciphers at Bletchley Park.

One of the chief architects of the Vietnam War and coauthor of the Tonkin Gulf Resolution, William served with younger brother McGeorge Bundy as foreign policy advisor to Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson (1961-69).

According to Harvey Bundy -- John Kerry's roommate at Yale -- it was uncle William who finally convinced Kerry in 1966 to volunteer for service in Vietnam. According to Harvey, his uncle said: "We need you guys to serve. We need people of your caliber to serve if we're going to do this thing."

After leaving government, Bundy became a harsh critic of Nixon and Kissinger's handling of the Vietnam War.

Senator Joseph McCarthy attacked Bundy in 1953 for having contributed $400 to the legal defense fund for Alger Hiss.

Father: Harvey Hollister Bundy (lawyer)
Mother: Katherine Lawrence Putnam
Brother: Mac Bundy
Sister: Harriet B. Belin
Sister: Katherine L. Auchincloss
Wife: Mary Acheson Bundy (two sons, one daughter)
Son: Michael
Daughter: Carol
Son: Chris

    High School: Groton School (1935)
    University: Yale University (1939)
    Law School: Harvard University

    US Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian & Pacific Affairs (1964-69)
    CIA employee (1951)
    Foreign Affairs Editor (1972-84)
    Newsweek Columnist (1970-72)
    American Assembly Trustee (1964-84)
    Bilderberg Group
    Council on Foreign Relations Board of Directors (1964-72)
    Skull and Bones Society 1939
    Officer of the British Empire
    Legion of Merit

Author of books:
A Tangled Web (1998)


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