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  • Oral History Interview (this link takes you to the interview summary and, if available, the electronic transcript)
    McGeorge Bundy Oral History Interview - JFK #4, 3/13/1972
    John F. Kennedy Oral History Collection13 March 1972

    Bundy discusses documents relating to military aide, Vietnam, and the coup against Diem.

  • Oral History Interview (this link takes you to the interview summary and, if available, the electronic transcript)
    William P. Bundy Oral History Interview - JFK #2, 3/6/1972
    John F. Kennedy Oral History Collection6 March 1972

    Bundy discusses documents from the 1961 National Security Files about Vietnam, increasing troop strength, questioning Ngo Dinh Diem’s ability to lead Vietnam, use of defoliants and other unconventional weapons, and U.S. counterinsurgency theory, among other issues.

  • Oral History Interview (this link takes you to the interview summary and, if available, the electronic transcript)
    William P. Bundy Oral History Interview - JFK #3, 4/25/1972
    John F. Kennedy Oral History Collection25 April 1972

    Bundy discusses 1961 and 1963 debates about supporting a coup in Vietnam a trip that Bundy, Robert S. McNamara, Maxwell D. Taylor, and other took to Vietnam to gauge sentiments within the country about Ngo Dinh Diem’s government; the November 1963 coup that overthrew Diem, among other issues.

  • Oral History Interview (this link takes you to the interview summary and, if available, the electronic transcript)
    Chester L. Cooper Oral History Interview - JFK #3, 6/9/1966
    John F. Kennedy Oral History Collection9 June 1966

    Cooper discusses Vietnam policy during the Kennedy administration, Henry Cabot Lodge’s ambassadorship to Vietnam, and the November 1963 coup that overthrew Ngo Dinh Diem, among other issues.

  • Oral History Interview (this link takes you to the interview summary and, if available, the electronic transcript)
    Michael V. Forrestal Oral History Interview - JFK#3, 8/14/1964
    John F. Kennedy Oral History Collection14 August 1964

    Forrestal discusses ambassador’s role in Vietnam, the strategic hamlet program, the August 24th telegram and escalating tensions, among other issues.

  • Digitized Folder of Material (this link takes you to a folder of digitized material within a collection)
    Vietnam: Subjects: Taylor Report, 3 November 1961: Rostow Working Copy: Tabs III-V
    Papers of John F. Kennedy. Presidential Papers. National Security Files23 October 1961, undated

    This folder is part of a report (also known as the Taylor-Rostow Report) for Walt Rostow, Deputy Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs, from Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Maxwell Taylor. Materials consist of a series of memoranda to General Taylor from Brigadier General Edward Lansdale regarding the confli...

  • Digitized Folder of Material (this link takes you to a folder of digitized material within a collection)
    Vietnam: General, 1962
    Papers of John F. Kennedy. Presidential Papers. President's Office Files.1962: 2 February-24 October

    This folder contains materials collected by the office of President John F. Kennedy's secretary, Evelyn Lincoln, concerning Vietnam. Materials in this folder include newspaper articles regarding attacks on the palace of Ngo Dinh Diem, President of South Vietnam, a press release of President Kennedy's remarks to the Vietnamese people on Tết (Vietna...

  • Digitized Folder of Material (this link takes you to a folder of digitized material within a collection)
    Vietnam: Security, 1963
    Papers of John F. Kennedy. Presidential Papers. President's Office Files.1963: 23 January-2 November

    This folder contains materials collected by the office of President John F. Kennedy's secretary, Evelyn Lincoln, concerning Vietnam. Materials in this folder include a list of military forces available for use in Vietnam, a report from American officials summarizing an investigative visit to Vietnam, a summary of prominent political figures in Vie...

  • Digitized Sound Recording
    Meetings: Tape 104/A40. Lodge - President Kennedy Meeting on Vietnam, 15 August 1963
    Papers of John F. Kennedy. Presidential Papers. President's Office Files.15 August 1963

    Sound recording of a meeting held on August 15, 1963, between President John F. Kennedy and newly appointed United States Ambassador to South Vietnam Henry Cabot Lodge. Shortly before Ambassador Lodge is to depart for Vietnam, he and President Kennedy discuss plans he would like to implement as Ambassador and his opinions on the political situation...

  • Digitized Folder of Material (this link takes you to a folder of digitized material within a collection)
    Vietnam: General, August 1961: 24-31, State cables
    Papers of John F. Kennedy. Presidential Papers. National Security Files1963: 23 August-1 September, undated

    This folder contains telegrams to and from the United States Embassy in Saigon, Vietnam regarding demonstrations by Buddhists and students and the subsequent imposition of martial law, the political climate in South Vietnam surrounding President of South Vietnam Ngo Dinh Diem and his chief advisor Ngo Dinh Nhu, and censorship of outgoing press by t...

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