John Service, photographed in front of the State Department.

John Service, photographed in front of the State Department.

In this episode we will conclude our overview of the life and times of John Stewart Service.  Ambassador Hurley has declared war against his detractors.  US-China policy is thrown for a loop as the two contenders for power vie for control of the agenda.  Already the CCP and KMT are facing off militarily in some parts of China.  As the Red Army brings Mao Zedong to power, people in the US who are following this situation start screaming bloody murder and demanding to know how this happened.  In this rush to judgment, John Service will serve as the lightning rod for much of the bitter struggle.  For a little over a decade Service became one of the most famous victims of the McCarthy hearings.  But in the end there was a happy ending.  He truly was one of the great China Hands of his time.