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Boy on the BridgeThe Story of John Shalikashvili's American Success$
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Andrew Marble

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780813178028

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813178028.001.0001

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A Strategic Yes

A Strategic Yes

January 24, 1959—Lawton, Oklahoma

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Boy on the Bridge

Andrew Marble

University Press of Kentucky

Returning to the eve of the first day of Field Artillery Officer Candidate School (FA-OCS) at Fort Sill, Oklahoma on January 1958, the chapter explains how John Shalikashvili, strategic by nature and aware of his poor academic and civilian job performances (Bradley University and Hyster Lift Company, respectively), decides to stick it out at OCS. It also overviews the impact that Donna Bechtold’s betrayal—leaving Peoria without a word—had on him, as well as the blow struck by another woman, someone back in Germany he’d turned to courting after Bechtold left.

Keywords:   John Shalikashvili, Field Artillery Officer Candidate School (FA-OCS), Fort Sill, Oklahoma, Bradley University, Hyster Lift Company

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