As for the unusual, Fugh was the legal advisor to a board of senior officers appointed to inquire into the capture of two Army aviators by the North Koreans.
Although Fugh relished the camaraderie in the legal office and liked the military lifestyle, the pay was low and Fugh left active duty at the end of his three-year commitment to take a job as an attorney with the Atomic Energy Commission in the San Francisco area.
In July, 1960, Fugh married his wife, June, and had an infant daughter Justina.
For the next three years, Captain Fugh worked as the recorder for officer elimination boards, and did some work as an action officer reviewing administrative law matters.
Fugh also had his first taste of working "at the international level" when he was selected to be the legal advisor to the U.S.
The only down-side to his Germany experience was that Fugh tired of being thought of as Japanese.
In September, 1967, now Major Fugh returned to Charlottesville to attend the year-long Advanced Course for Army lawyers and, after graduating in May 1968, deployed to Vietnam.
But Fugh understood that he had it easy compared with judge advocates in the field.
After Vietnam, John Fugh got his dream assignment: the Military Assistance Advisory Group (MAAG) to the Republic of China.
From the beginning, Fugh's experience was quite remarkable.
Although he was in Taipei to provide legal support, Major Fugh's unique talents caused him to be heavily involved in negotiating a variety of agreements with the Ministry of National Defense.
After three years in Taiwan, Fugh attended the Command and General Staff College.