Richard Holbrooke, who died at 69, began his diplomatic work as a young Foreign Service officer in Vietnam in 1962 and ended it serving as the President's Special Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan. Haraz N. Ghanbari/AP hide caption

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July 28: Richard Holbrooke as he arrived for a Congressional hearing in Washington. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

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