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Adolph Dubs

Adolph DubsBorn: 4-Aug-1920
Birthplace: Chicago, IL
Died: 14-Feb-1979
Location of death: Kabul, Afghanistan
Cause of death: Murder
Remains: Buried, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Diplomat

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: US Ambassador to Afghanistan, 1978-79

Military service: US Navy (Lt. Cmdr, WWII)

Adolph "Spike" Dubs was a career diplomat and a fluent Russian speaker. He was kidnapped in 1979 Kabul by Muslim insurgents, who demanded the release of three prisoners. Dubs was killed in a firefight with Afghan security forces after he was kidnapped. Reports at the time were that the room was stormed and Dubs was unfortunately killed, but the facts are otherwise. This was not so much a "rescue mission" as it was the intentional slaughter of everyone in that particular Kabul hotel room from outside the building -- knowing full well that the American ambassador was present and would almost certainly be killed.

Wife: Mary Ann Dubs

    High School: Schurz High School, Chicago, IL (1938)
    University: Beloit College (1942)
    University: Georgetown University
    University: Harvard University
    University: Washington University

    US Ambassador to Afghanistan (27-Jun-1978 to 14-Feb-1979)
    US Ambassador to the USSR ad interim (1973-74)
    Beta Theta Pi Fraternity
    Kidnapped Kabul, Afghanistan (14-Feb-1979)
    Shot 14-Feb-1979


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