Manuscripts/Mixed Material Interview with Archer K. Blood
The Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training Foreign Affairs Oral History Project
ARCHER K. BLOOD
Interviewed by: Henry Precht
Initial interview date: June 27, 1989
Copyright 1998 ADST
[Note: This transcript has not been edited by Consul General Blood]
Q: I am Henry Precht, a retired Foreign Service officer. I'm interviewing Archer Blood, another retired Foreign Service officer with extensive experience in South Asia. The interview takes place on June 27, 1989, at his home in Meadville, Pennsylvania.
Perhaps, Arch, to start with you could give a brief summary of your career for the benefit of those people who will be using this material.
BLOOD: I entered the Foreign Service in July 29, 1947. My reasons for doing so are still very vague in my own mind. I'd never been abroad except in the Navy in the Aleutians. I'd never known anybody in the Foreign Service. But I had developed in my teens an interest in the Foreign Service, and when I entered college, I put that down as my career preference. Then I began to alternate with law. And I was in law school at the University of Virginia when I passed my orals for the Foreign Service. I had to make a quick decision as to which way I would go, and I opted for the Foreign Service.
It was a good time to enter the Service because it was expanding. There were forty people in our class, and there was a class of almost forty during the summer of 1947.
My first post was Thessaloniki, Greece, at the time of the civil war against the communist-supported insurgents who were trying to topple the Greek government.
Q: Before we get into any of the detail, why don't you just run through the succession of posts that you had.