Papers of John F. Kennedy. Presidential Papers. President's Office Files.
Sound recording of part of a meeting held on August 28, 1963, between President John F. Kennedy, former United States Ambassador to Vietnam Frederick Nolting, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Maxwell Taylor, Under Secretary of State George Ball, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs W. Averell Harriman, Deputy Secretary of Defense Roswell Gilpatric, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency's (CIA) Far Eastern Division William Colby, Deputy Director of the CIA General Marshall Carter, Director of the United States Information Agency (USIA) Edward R. Murrow, Deputy CIA Director for Plans Richard Helms, Assistant Secretary of State for Far Eastern Affairs Roger Hilsman, Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs McGeorge Bundy, National Security Council member Michael Forrestal, Specialist on Counterinsurgency for the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Victor Krulak, Secretary of the Treasury C. Douglas Dillon, Executive Secretary of the National Security Council Bromley Smith, and later in the meeting, Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson. This meeting is the continued discussion between President Kennedy and a wide range of State Department, Defense Department, CIA, and White House advisors concerning the volatile situation in South Vietnam. Two segments of the recording totaling 1 minute and 11 seconds have been removed in accordance with Section 3.4 (b) (1), (3) of Executive Order 12958. The recording of this meeting ends abruptly and continues on Tape 108. This sound recording has been excerpted from Tape 107, which contains additional sound recording(s) preceding this one. See Related Records to access Tape 107 in its entirety.