Manuscripts/Mixed Material Interview with Terrence George Leonhardy
LEONHARDY: Yes. There in the summer session and that's when I applied to get in the Foreign Service and they weren't giving the exam, as you may know. So then I went in as an auxiliary officer. I'm sure you've interviewed people...
Q: Yes. Could you explain though, because this is not just for me but for others, what the role of the auxiliary officer was - and this is about what? '42 or...?
LEONHARDY: '42. An auxiliary officer did the same things as a Foreign Service officer. You know, I was sent to a Consulate and I was told, “You're going to do this.”
Q: When you came into the Foreign Service, this was '42, had your leg kept you out of the military?
LEONHARDY: Yes. I got a 4-F. I tried to get in the army. I even applied to get in but I didn't...
Q: I would imagine from what you said...
LEONHARDY: And I probably wouldn't have gotten into the Foreign Service if it hadn't been for... you know, they were short of people. I thought sure they were going to turn me down. The Navy used to do the exams down on Constitution Avenue - the physical exams - and they, for some reason, passed me.
Q: Well, tell me about coming to the State Department - your experiences. You know, your first... Here you'd been hearing about this and thinking about this but all of the sudden you're up against the monster. How did you find it?
LEONHARDY: Well, the funny thing happened when I was in Detroit at the university and they sent me an upper berth passage down here on the train to be interviewed and I was interviewed by what was then, I guess, the Director General of the Foreign Service. You know, it was a small operation down on Pennsylvania Avenue and I had written my thesis in the university in Louisiana on Louisiana rice and foreign trade and so this guy (I'm trying to think of his name, the guy who interviewed me...)
Q: It wasn't Homer Byington, by any chance?