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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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Blondi and the Boy on the Bridge

Blondi and the Boy on the Bridge

February 22, 1995—Fallbrook, California

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Boy on the Bridge

Andrew Marble

University Press of Kentucky

The chapter opens with Donna Bechtold watching Larry King’s September 22, 1995, interview on CNN with Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General John Shalikashvili. Through her musings, readers learn she fled Peoria in 1954 in order to not jeopardize his future, raising the theme of how the actions of others influence our lives and help determine our success. She also reveals that Shalikashvili’s statement to Congress that he didn’t know about his father’s Waffen-SS association was a lie, and that his struggles with knowing that his beloved father had “made a deal with the devil” in hopes of freeing his native Georgia was the wellspring, later in life, for much of Shalikashvili’s striving during his military career to always do the right thing and for the right reasons.

Keywords:   John Shalikashvili, Dimitri Shalikashvili, determinants of success, Larry King, Waffen-SS

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