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First U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Dies

May 21, 1989

WASHINGTON (AP) _ John J. Muccio, a career diplomat and the United States’ first ambassador to South Korea, has died at 89.

The former Foreign Service officer died Friday of congestive heart failure at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington.

Muccio was U.S. ambassador in Seoul at the time of the North Korean invasion on June 25, 1950 and was in charge of evacuations and other critical matters during the height of the crisis.

A native of Valle Agricola, Italy, Muccio grew up in Providence, R.I., and graduated from Brown University. He later received a master’s degree in international relations from George Washington University.

Muccio joined the Foreign Service in 1921. His overseas assignments included Hamburg, Germany; Hong Kong; Shanghai, China; La Paz, Bolivia; Panama; Havana, Cuba; ambassador to Iceland and ambassador to Guatemala.

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