Harold Stephens (December 3, 1926) is an American author known for his explorations of World War II, China and his world travels and adventures.
Harold Stephens was born in Bridgeville, Pennsylvania, and was raised on a nearby farm. When the farmhouse burned down, he went to work in the coal mines and later in the steel mills. A month before his seventeenth birthday, he lied about his age to enlist in the United States Marine Corps. Four months later fought in the Battle of Okinawa. When the war ended in 1945, he went to China as a China Marine. He landed in Tsingtao, attended the Chinese language school, and become an interpreter. He remained in China until the communist revolution in 1949.
Back home again and not wanting to return to the steel mills, Stephens re-enlisted in the Marine Corps, He was sent to Paris as a Marine Security Guard, and became an aide to the American Ambassador, Jefferson Caffery. Stephens met and married an American who was working in Paris. Realizing the need for an education, they returned to America. He took his discharge, and with an appointment from Ambassador Caffery, entered the Foreign Service School, Georgetown University. One of his classmates was Jackie Kennedy, wife of then Senator John F. Kennedy...
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