April 4, 1983

The President today announced his intention to nominate James D. Rosenthal, of California, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador to the People's Revolutionary Republic of Guinea. He would succeed Allen Clayton Davis.

Mr. Rosenthal served in the United States Marine Corps in 1953 - 1955 as a lieutenant. He entered the Foreign Service in 1956 as staff assistant in the Bureau of Administration. In 1958 - 1960 he was administrative officer in Port of Spain and attended Vietnamese language training at the Foreign Service Institute in 1960 - 1961. He was political officer in Saigon (1961 - 1965) and a faculty member at the United States Military Academy (1965 - 1967). In the Department he was international relations officer for Vietnam affairs in 1967 - 1970 and a member of the Delegation to the Vietnam Peace Talks in Paris in 1970 - 1972. He was Deputy Chief of Mission in Bangui in 1972 - 1974. In 1974 - 1975 he attended the National War College and was Director of Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia affairs in the Department in 1975 - 1977. In 1977 - 1979 he was Deputy Chief of Mission in Kuala Lumpur, and in Manila in 1979 - 1982.

Mr. Rosenthal graduated from Stanford University (B.A., 1954). His foreign languages are French, Vietnamese, and Spanish. He was born January 15, 1932, in San Francisco, Calif.