Alan Goodrich Kirk
Admiral Alan Goodrich Kirk
|United States Ambassador to Belgium|
|President||Harry S Truman|
|Preceded by||Charles W. Sawyer|
|Succeeded by||Robert Daniel Murphy|
|United States Ambassador to the Soviet Union|
July 4, 1949 – October 6, 1951
|President||Harry S Truman|
|Preceded by||Walter Bedell Smith|
|Succeeded by||George F. Kennan|
|United States Ambassador to Taiwan|
June 7, 1962 – January 18, 1963
|President||John F. Kennedy|
|Preceded by||Everett F. Drumright|
|Succeeded by||Jerauld Wright|
|Born||October 30, 1888|
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Died||October 15, 1963 (aged 74)|
Washington, D.C., U.S.
|Relations||Wife Lydia Chapin Kirk|
|Awards||Navy Distinguished Service Medal|
Legion of Merit
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Branch/service||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1909–1946|
|Commands||U.S. Naval Forces, France|
|Battles/wars||World War I|
World War II
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He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1909 and served in the United States Navy during World War I and World War II. During his wartime naval service, Alan Kirk became the U.S. naval attaché in London (1939 to 1941). He was Director of the Office of Naval Intelligence from March 1941 but, obstructed and opposed by Rear Admiral Richmond Turner, he was unable to develop the office into an effective centre along the lines of the British Royal Naval Operational Intelligence Centre (which he had seen whilst in London). Eventually, he requested a transfer to an Atlantic destroyer squadron.
Kirk served as an amphibious commander in the Mediterranean in 1942 and 1943 (the Allied invasion of Sicily and Italy). In addition, he was the senior U.S. naval commander during the Normandy landings of June 6, 1944, embarked on the heavy cruiser USS Augusta, and as Commander U.S. Naval Forces, France during 1944 and 1945. He retired from the Navy as a full admiral in 1946.
After retirement from the United States Navy, Kirk embarked on a diplomatic career, and subsequently served in several United States embassies abroad, beginning with the combined posting of U.S. Ambassador to Belgium/U.S. Envoy to Luxembourg (resident in Brussels, Belgium), 1946–49; as U.S. Ambassador to the Soviet Union, July 4, 1949, to October 6, 1951; and finally as United States Ambassador to Taiwan, June 7, 1962, to January 16, 1963.
Admiral Kirk took his post as the second president of Amcomlib, in February 1952. As a former U.S. ambassador to the Soviet Union, he oversaw the recruitment of emigres in New York City and Munich, a group that would later form the core of Radio Liberty's staff. Less than a year after taking office, Kirk was forced to resign due to poor health. Also in 1952, he served briefly as Director of the Psychological Strategy Board, which planned for and coordinated government psychological operations.
- Gannon, Michael (1991). Operation Drumbeat. New York: Harper Collins. pp. 160–161. ISBN 0-06-092088-2.
- "Staff Member and Office Files: Psychological Strategy Board Files". Harry S. Truman Presidential Library.
- Kohnen, David. Alan Goodrich Kirk: U.S. Navy Admiral of Intelligence and Diplomacy. In: John Hattendorf and Bruce Elleman (Eds.). Nineteen Gun Salute: Profiles in U.S. Navy Leadership in Wartime Operations. Newport, Rhode Island: Naval War College Press, 2010, pp. 75–92.
- Kirk, Lydia. Postmarked Moscow.
- Media related to Alan Goodrich Kirk at Wikimedia Commons
Charles W. Sawyer
| United States Ambassador to Belgium
1946 – 1949
Robert Daniel Murphy
Walter Bedell Smith
| United States Ambassador to the Soviet Union
1949 – 1951
George F. Kennan
| United States Ambassador to Taiwan
1962 – 1963