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THE ARCHIVE OF AMBASSADOR KENNETH M. QUINN
FROM THE MISSISSIPPI TO THE MEKONG
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Excuse Me; Do You Know the Way to the American Embassy?

28/8/87

Ambassador Quinn describes how upon arrival in Manila to assume the position of Deputy Chief of Mission at the American Embassy, he unexpectedly is engulfed in a coup attempt against the newly elected democratic government. Staying at a temporary residence with his family, he receives a phone call telling him about this development and that the crisis center is being established at the embassy. Since the new ambassador had not arrived, as the senior officer his presence was vital. Rushing out to the embassy car that had been left for his possible use, he jumped in and started the engine. It was then that he realized that he did not really know the route to the embassy and since there were no Google Maps in 1987, he wasn't sure whether he could get there without getting lost. As he started to back the car out of the driveway, the specter of driving aimlessly through the streets of Manila which were ablaze with military conflict in search of the embassy ran through his head as he contemplated his decision.

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