Frederick M. Lege, III, brings prized
cattle to Afghanistan.

U.S. Ambassador John M. Steeves (light-colored coat and gloves) and officials from the Afghan Ministry of Agriculture welcome Lege (holding halter) and the cattle.
Kabul, 1962

When King Zahir Shah sought to introduce new breeding stock to the
Royal herds, Fred Lege answered the call. This livestock specialist for the
U.S. Department of Agriculture and “ambassador in a 10-gallon hat” spearheaded
a unique public-private partnership. Traveling 65 hours with 14 frightened animals in a cargo plane (the “Bovine Boeing”) piloted by the Oklahoma Air National Guard, Lege delivered the donation from American cattle breeders and received the King’s thanks.

Courtesy of Jane Lege Yager.

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