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Francis E. Meloy, Jr.

Francis E. Meloy, Jr.

American diplomat
The basics
Occupations Diplomat
Countries United States of America
A.K.A. Fran Meloy, Francis Edward Meloy, Jr., Francis Edward Meloy
Gender male
Birth March 28, 1917 (Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, U.S.A.)
Death June 16, 1976 (Beirut, Beirut Governorate, Lebanon)
Authority NNDB id
The details

Francis Edward Meloy Jr. (March 28, 1917 – June 16, 1976) was a U.S. diplomat assassinated in Beirut, Lebanon in 1976.

Early life

Meloy was born in Washington, D.C. on March 28, 1917 to Francis E. Meloy Sr. a government employee and geographer and Anne Teresa Connor. He served in the United States Navy during World War II spending four years in naval intelligence as a reserve officer.

Diplomatic career

After the war, he joined the State Department and 1946 he was posted Dhahran, Saudi Arabia as a vice consul. He returned in 1946 to Washington and served as the personal assistant to Secretary of State Dean Acheson until 1953. He resumed his career as a Foreign Service officer serving as a political officer in Saigon from 1953 until 1956 and then in Paris until 1959. In 1962 he was appointed as the Director of the Office of Western European Affairs until 1964, then as the deputy chief of mission in Rome. He was then promoted, serving as U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic from 1969 to 1973, and Guatemala from 1973 to 1976. On 21 April 1976, President Gerald Ford appointed Meloy as Ambassador to Lebanon after the resignation of G. McMurtrie Godley due to illness. He would be approved by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on 27 April.


At 10h40 on 16 June 1976, in Beirut, Meloy, the incoming U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon, accompanied by Robert O. Waring, the U.S. Economic Counselor, was on his way to present his credentials to the new Lebanese President-elect Elias Sarkis. Meloy, Waring and their driver, Zuhair Mohammed Moghrabi, were kidnapped by Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine members as they crossed the Green Line, the division between Beirut's Christian and Muslim sectors. Meloy had been in the country a month but not presented his credentials to the old president Suleiman Franjieh who had taken refuge outside Beirut and refused to step down.

By 21h30, Lebanese television announced their bullet-riddled bodies had been found on a garbage dump near the beach in Ramlet al-Baida.

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