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    Richard M. Bissell Oral History Interview - JFK #1, 4/25/1967
    John F. Kennedy Oral History Collection25 April 1967

    Bissell discusses the planning for the Bay of Pigs invasion, including the timing of when John F. Kennedy learned of the plans, the Joint Chiefs of Staffs’ involvement in the planning, and the possibility for alternate outcomes, among other issues.

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    George H. Decker Oral History Interview - JFK #1, 9/18/1968
    John F. Kennedy Oral History Collection18 September 1968

    Decker discusses the Joint Chiefs of Staff Laotian policy, the Joint Chiefs’ role in the Bay of Pigs planning and execution, and the Joint Chiefs’ relationship with Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara, among other issues.

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    Luther C. Heinz Oral History Interview - JFK #1, 7/20/1970
    John F. Kennedy Oral History Collection20 July 1970

    In this interview Heinz discusses how he came to work in the Office of International Security Affairs [ISA] in the Department of Defense [DOD]; the changeover in the DOD between the Dwight D. Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy Administrations; Heinz’s view of the Bay of Pigs; the regular operations and organization within ISA, including the different r...

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    AR6293-A. President John F. Kennedy Meets with Joint Chiefs of Staff
    White House Photographs25 January 1961

    President Kennedy meets with Joint Chiefs of Staff. (L-R) Commandant of the United States Marine Corps General David M. Shoup; Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force General Thomas D. White; Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Lyman Lemnitzer; President Kennedy; Chief of Staff of the United States Navy Admiral Arleigh A. Burke; Chi...

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    AR6316-A. President John F. Kennedy Meets with General Lauris Norstad and General Lyman Lemnitzer
    White House Photographs2 February 1961

    President John F. Kennedy meets with Generals, Oval Office, White House, Washington, D.C. (L-R) President Kennedy; Supreme Commander of Allied Powers in Europe General Lauris Norstad; Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Lyman Lemnitzer.

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    National Security Action Memoranda [NSAM]: NSAM 39, Re-examination of Present NATO Stockpile Procedures
    Papers of John F. Kennedy. Presidential Papers. National Security FilesApril 1961: 12-24

    This folder contains a copy of National Security Action Memoranda number 39 (NSAM 39) titled, “Re-examination of Present NATO Stockpile Procedures,” to Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara, Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) Glenn T. Seaborg, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Lyman Lemnitzer from McGeorge Bundy, Speci...

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    6-2-2: Cuba: RFK personal notes
    Papers of Robert F. Kennedy. Attorney General Papers1961: 22 April-10 October, undated
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    Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), 1961
    Papers of John F. Kennedy. Presidential Papers. President's Office Files.1961: 28 May-27 July, undated

    This folder contains material collected by the office of President John F. Kennedy's secretary, Evelyn Lincoln, concerning the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS). Materials consist of birthday greetings to the President; an inquiry by the President regarding the appointment of his Chief of Staff; a summary of a meeting between the President, the JCS, and ...

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    National Security Action Memoranda [NSAM]: NSAM 55, Relations of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to the President in Cold War Operations
    Papers of John F. Kennedy. Presidential Papers. National Security Files28 June 1961

    This folder contains a copy of National Security Action Memoranda number 55 (NSAM 55) titled, “Relations of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to the President in Cold War Operations,” to General Lyman Lemnitzer, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, from President John F. Kennedy.

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    AR6674-A. President John F. Kennedy Reads from a Document at the Swearing-In Ceremony of General Curtis E. LeMay as Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force
    White House Photographs30 June 1961

    Swearing-in ceremony of General Curtis LeMay as Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force. Front Row (L-R): Secretary of the Air Force Eugene M. Zuckert, President John F. Kennedy, and General LeMay. Second Row (L-R): Senator Dennis Chávez (New Mexico), Senator Howard W. Cannon (Nevada), Congressman George H. Mahon (Texas), Vice President Lyndo...

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