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David Miller’s Peace Corps

by David Miller

I was a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Republic of Korea, 1973-74. I taught spoken English and composition to aspiring secondary school teachers at the College of Education of Kyungpook National University in Daegu. I am writing this on the 48th anniversary of my arrival at Kimpo Airport in Seoul with training group K-26—it’s hard to believe it was so long ago. The ambassador to Korea at that time, Philip Habib, and other Embassy officials encouraged Volunteers to take the Foreign Service exam. I think that eventually over a dozen of us joined the Department of State and USIA, including Ambassador Kathleen Stephens and Ambassador Joseph Donovan.

I joined USIA in 1975, about a year after I finished my Peace Corps assignment, and was assigned to the Embassy in Seoul as a JOT in 1976, transferring to USIS Kwangju as BPAO in 1977 and leaving in 1980, so I was in Korea for over seven very eventful years in the ’70s. I subsequently served in Hong Kong, Taipei, Phnom Penh, and Shanghai, as well as in Washington at USIA headquarters. I retired in 2003 and continued working at various posts in Northeast Asia and at the State Department as a WAE employee until 2011.

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