A. Peter Dewey

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About A. Peter Dewey

  • Participated in conflicts: World War II

Albert Peter Dewey (October 8, 1916-September 26, 1945), shot by accident by Viet Minh troops on September 26, 1945. Dewey was the first American fatality in French Indochina, killed in the early aftermath of World War II. (This is often confused with the Vietnam War). The younger son of Congressman Charles S. Dewey and his wife, Marie Suzette de Marigny Hall Dewey, and also a distant relative of New York Governor Thomas E. Dewey, Dewey was born in Chicago. He was educated in Switzerland at Institut Le Rosey, before receiving further teaching at St. Paul's School (Concord, New Hampshire). He attended Yale University (where he studied French history and was a member of the Berzelius Secret Society along with friends such as William Warren Scranton, later Governor of Pennsylvania), and the University of Virginia School of Law. After his graduation from Yale in 1939, Dewey worked as a journalist for the Chicago Daily News in its Paris bureau. Dewey later worked for family friend Nelson Rockefeller and his Office of Inter-American Affairs, part of the Office of War Information. Rockefeller once sent him to France to meet secretly with General Charles de Gaulle. While reporting on the

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