Biography and History

Chalmers Benedict Wood was born in 1917. After graduating from Harvard College in 1940, he served in the Army Air Force from 1940 to 1945. He then joined the Foreign Service in 1947. He was stationed in Brussels and Manila before going to Washington to serve as the State Department's officer for Greece.

In 1957, he was named second secretary at the United States Embassy in Saigon and from 1959 to 1963 was in charge of Vietnamese affairs at the State Department. From 1964 to 1966 he served as first secretary in London and the next year directed the Cyprus office at the State Department.

Mr. Wood was then senior adviser for Binh Dinh province in Vietnam from 1967 to 1969. He returned to the State Department in 1970 with the office of Philippine affairs and from 1971 to 1974 served in the American Embassy in Wellington, New Zealand, as deputy chief of mission and charge d'affaires.

Source: From the finding aid for MC254

  • Chalmers Benedict Wood Papers. 1929-1991 (inclusive), 1933-1967 (bulk).

    Call Number: MC254

    Chalmers Benedict Wood joined the Foreign Service after serving in World War II and held positions in several embassies as well as working in the State Department. These papers include writings, correspondence, clippings, and State Department documents from his time as a Foreign Service Officer in Vietnam in 1967-1969.