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By Daria Anderson-Faden
The Observer 

THE EMBASSY GUARD

Chris Mangione Guarded Embassy In Argentina While In Marines

 

July 7, 2021

For the Observer

Chris Mangione of Potter served in the Marines while guarding the U.S. embassy in Argentina in the 1970s.

"My choices for assignments were Germany, Iceland, or Spain. I got sent to Argentina."

Argentina wasn't really on Chris Mangione's radar at that time, but he spent two years as a U.S. Marine Embassy Guard in the late 1970s in Argentina.

Although the guards look very glamorous and intimidating, they are there to "assess to see what kind of risk you are," according to Mangione.

They are all business.

If you were coming into the United States Embassy, your first stop would be Post One. The guard behind steel and bulletproof glass "looks you over."

The first words out of their mouth: "State y...



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