Brig. General Hester graduated from U.N.C. in 1916 and volunteered for the Army officer's candidacy school in 1917. He served in France during World War I and was involved in five major operations before the end of the war. After the war he spent a year in Germany with the occupation forces. During the 1920s and 1930s Hester served in a variety of posts both stateside and abroad. During World War II he was assigned to the South Pacific where he was responsible for provisioning General Doublas MacArthur's army out of Australia. In 1945 he was assigned to the occupation forces in Germany and remained there for two and one half years. After retirement in 1953, Hester became an outspoken critic of American foreign policy. He has traveled in the Soviet Union, Communist China, and Cuba. He has lectured extensively concerning U.S. policy toward Communist countries, U.S. policy on Vietnam, and other related topics.
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