Bio: Ural Alexis Johnson (1908-1997) was a longtime Foreign Service officer and diplomat, specializing in Asian relations. He began working as a language officer in Japan in 1935, and worked for the State Department as a Foreign Service officer until 1977. He was Ambassador to Czechoslovakia from 1953 to 1958; Ambassador to Thailand, 1958 to 1961; Deputy Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, 1961 to 1964; Deputy Ambassador to South Vietnam, 1964 to 1965; and Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, 1965 to 1966. He served as Ambassador to Japan from 1966 to 1969, and he once again served as Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, 1969 to 1973. From 1973 to 1977 he was chief of the U.S. Delegation to SALT (Strategic-Arms Limitation Talks). He retired from the Foreign Service in 1977, but he continued to serve as a consultant to the State Department from 1977 to 1982 and the Department of Defense from 1979 to 1981.
L-R: Ambassador U. Alexis Johnson in conversation with two unidentified Japanese officials and a third unidentified man. White House, Washington DC, 11/14/1967. Photo # a5140-22 by Yoichi Okamoto. White House Photo Office collection, LBJ Presidential Library, public domain.
LBJ Connection: Deputy Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, 1961-1964, 1965-1966; Deputy Ambassador to South Vietnam, 1964-1965; Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, 1965-1966; U.S. Ambassador to Japan, 1966-1969
Johnson, U. Alexis (Ural Alexis), 1908-1997,
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