Ambassador Chris Stevens was killed Tuesday night during an attack on the American consulate in Libya, becoming the sixth U.S. ambassador to be killed in the line of duty.
Who were the other five? The State Department Office of the Historian with the answer (via the Associated Press and the New York Times):
- 1.) Adolph Dubs, in Afghanistan, 1979
- 2.) Francis E. Meloy Jr., in Lebanon, 1976
- 3.) Rodger P. Davies, in Cyprus, 1974
- 4.) Cleo A. Noel Jr., in Sudan, 1973
- 5.) John Gordon Mein, in Guatemala, 1968
Two other U.S. ambassadors died in plane crashes abroad: Arnold L. Raphel, in Pakistan in 1988, and Laurence A. Steinhardt, in Canada in 1950.