A. Peter Dewey

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Albert Peter Dewey (1916-September 26, 1945), shot by accident.[1] by Viet Minh troops on September 26, 1945.[2] Dewey was the first American fatality in Vietnam, killed in the early aftermath of World War II.


Early life and education

The younger son of Congressman Charles S. Dewey and his[3] wife Marie Suzette de Marigny Hall Dewey[4] and nephew of New York Governor Thomas E. Dewey,[5] Dewey was born in Chicago and educated in Switzerland at Institut Le Rosey, St. Paul's School (Concord, New Hampshire), 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),[6] and at the Law School of the University of Virginia.

Newspaper Work

After his graduation from Yale in 1939, Dewey worked as a journalist for the Chicago Daily News in its Paris bureau.

Battle of France

While reporting on the German invasion of France for the Daily News, Dewey became more directly involved in the war. In May 1940, during the Battle of France, Dewey enlisted as a lieutenant in the Polish Military Ambulance Corps with the Polish Army fighting in France.[2][7] Following the defeat of the French army, Dewey escaped through Spain to Portugal, where he was interned for a short time.

Marriage and Family

On August 1, 1942, Dewey married Nancy Weller.[8][9][10] The couple had one child, a daughter, Mrs. Nancy (Charles) Hoppin.[11][12]

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