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Foreign Relations of the United States, 1969–1976, Volume X, Vietnam, January 1973–July 1975

Congressional Restrictions, General Warfare, June 19, 1973–February 25, 1975


Document 86: Memorandum for the Record by the Special Assistant for Vietnamese Affairs of the Director of Central Intelligence (Carver)

Source: Central Intelligence Agency, NIC Files, Job 80–R01720R, Carver Files, GAC Chronological Files, June 1973, Box 8, Folder 9. Secret; Sensitive.


Document 87: Transcript of Telephone Conversation Between the President’s Assistant for National Security Affairs (Kissinger) and the Director of Central Intelligence (Schlesinger)

Source: National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, Henry A. Kissinger Telephone Conversation Transcripts, Box 20, Chronological File. No classification marking. Kissinger was in San Clemente; Schlesinger was in Washington. All blank underscores are omissions in the original.


Document 88: Memorandum From William Stearman of the National Security Council Staff to the President’s Assistant for National Security Affairs (Kissinger)

Source: National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, NSC Files, Box 164, Vietnam Country Files, Vietnam, May–September 1973. Secret; Eyes Only. Sent for information. Kissinger’s initials appear at the top of the page and he wrote: “They can’t do this on their own.”


Document 89: Memorandum From William Stearman of the National Security Council Staff to the President’s Assistant for National Security Affairs (Kissinger)

Source: National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, NSC Files, Box 209, Agency Files, CIA, 1973. Secret; Sensitive. Sent for information. Kissinger’s initials appear at the top of the page.


Document 90: Memorandum From William Stearman of the National Security Council Staff to the President’s Assistant for National Security Affairs (Kissinger)

Source: National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, NSC Files, Box 164, Vietnam Country Files, Vietnam, May–September 1973. Secret; Sensitive. Sent for information. Kissinger’s initials appear at the top of the page. According to the attached correspondence profile, he noted the memorandum on July 11.


Document 91: Memorandum From the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (Moorer) to Secretary of Defense Schlesinger

Source: National Archives, RG 218, Records of the Chairman, Records of Thomas Moorer, Box 091, Cambodia, June–December 1973. A handwritten notation at the top of the memorandum reads: “Original hand carried to Gen. Wickham by Mr. K, 5 July–1220.”


Document 92: Minutes of Washington Special Actions Group Meeting

Source: National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, NSC Files, NSC Institutional Files (H–Files), Box H–117, WSAG Meeting Minutes, Originals, 1973. Top Secret; Sensitive. The meeting was held in the White House Situation Room.


Document 93: Memorandum From Rob Roy Ratliff of the National Security Council Staff to the President’s Assistant for National Security Affairs (Kissinger)

Source: National Security Council, NSC Intelligence Files, Subject Files, Box I–10, Vietnam, January 1973–October 1973. Secret; Eyes Only; Outside System. Sent for action. Stearman and Kennedy concurred.


Document 94: Memorandum From the Chief of the U.S. Delegation to the Joint Economic Commission (Williams) to Secretary of State Rogers

Source: National Archives, RG 59, Central Files 1970–73, POL 27–14 VIET. Secret; Sensitive; No Distribution.


Document 95: Transcript of Telephone Conversation Between the President’s Assistant for National Security Affairs (Kissinger) and Secretary of Defense Schlesinger

Source: National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, Henry A. Kissinger Telephone Conversation Transcripts, Box 21, Chronological File. No classification marking. Blank underscores are omissions in the original.


Document 96: Information Memorandum From the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs (Hummel) to Secretary of State Rogers

Source: National Archives, RG 59, Central Files 1970–73, POL 21–Laos Internal Talks. Secret. Drafted by Kelly, EA/LC; cleared by Rives, EA/LC.


Document 97: Transcript of Telephone Conversation Between President Nixon and the President’s Assistant for National Security Affairs (Kissinger)

Source: National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, Henry A. Kissinger Telephone Conversation Transcripts, Box 21, Chronological File. No classification marking. The President was at Camp David; Kissinger was in Washington. Blank underscores are omissions in the original.


Document 98: Memorandum From Richard Kennedy of the National Security Council Staff to the President’s Assistant for National Security Affairs (Kissinger)

Source: National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, NSC Files, NSC Institutional Files (H–Files), Box H–94, WSAG Meeting, Vietnam, August 1973. Secret. Sent for information. Kennedy prepared this memorandum for the August 7 WSAG meeting. For minutes of that meeting, see Document 100.


Document 99: Memorandum From William Stearman of the National Security Council Staff to the President’s Assistant for National Security Affairs (Kissinger)

Source: National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, NSC Files, NSC Institutional Files (H–Files), Box H–94, WSAG Meeting, Vietnam, August 1973. Secret; Sensitive. Sent for information.


Document 100: Minutes of Washington Special Actions Group Meeting

Source: National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, NSC Files, NSC Institutional Files (H–Files), Box H–116, WSAG Meeting Minutes, Originals, 1973. Top Secret; Sensitive; Codeword. The meeting was held in the White House Situation Room.


Document 101: Transcript of Telephone Conversation Between President Nixon and the President’s Assistant for National Security Affairs (Kissinger)

Source: National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, Henry A. Kissinger Telephone Conversation Transcripts, Box 21, Chronological File. No classification marking. Nixon was at Camp David; Kissinger was in Washington. Blank underscores are omissions in the original.


Document 102: Minutes of Washington Special Actions Group Meeting

Source: National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, NSC Files, NSC Institutional Files (H–Files), Box H–116, WSAG Meeting Minutes, Originals, 1973. Top Secret; Codeword. The meeting was held in the White House Situation Room.


Document 103: Transcript of Telephone Conversation Between President Nixon and the President’s Assistant for National Security Affairs (Kissinger)

Source: National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, Henry A. Kissinger Telephone Conversation Transcripts, Box 21, Chronological File. No classification marking. Nixon was at Camp David; Kissinger was in Washington.


Document 104: Memorandum From Richard Kennedy and William Stearman of the National Security Council Staff to the President’s Assistant for National Security Affairs (Kissinger)

Source: National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, NSC Files, Box 1338, Unfiled Material, NSC Unfiled, 1973 (7). Secret; Sensitive; Outside the System.


Document 105: Telegram From the Embassy in Vietnam to the Department of State

Source: National Archives, RG 59, Central Foreign Policy Files. Secret; Exdis.


Document 106: Memorandum From the Director of Central Intelligence (Colby) to the President’s Assistant for National Security Affairs (Kissinger)

Source: Central Intelligence Agency, NIC Files, Job 80–M01066A, Box 12, Cambodia, July–December 1973. Secret; Sensitive; Eyes Only. A copy of this memorandum was sent to Hummel.


Document 107: Minutes of Washington Special Actions Group Meeting

Source: National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, NSC Files, NSC Institutional Files (H–Files), Box H–116, WSAG Meeting Minutes, Originals, 1973. Secret; Nodis. The meeting was held in the White House Situation Room.


Document 108: Memorandum of Conversation

Source: National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, NSC Files, Kissinger Office Files, Box 105, Country Files, Far East, Vietnam, GVN Memcons, June 1973–August 1974. Secret. The meeting was held at the Waldorf Towers. Kissinger was attending the UN General Assembly session.


Document 109: Minutes of Washington Special Actions Group Meeting

Source: National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, NSC Files, NSC Institutional Files (H–Files), Box H–117, WSAG Meeting Minutes, Originals, 1973. Top Secret; Sensitive. The meeting was held in the White House Situation Room.


Document 110: Memorandum of Conversation

Source: Ford Library, National Security Adviser, Memoranda of Conversations, Box 2, Memcons. Secret; Nodis. The luncheon meeting was held in the Secretary’s office, Department of State. Brackets are in the original.


Document 111: National Intelligence Estimate

Source: Central Intelligence Agency, NIC Files, Job 79–R01012A, Box 469, National Intelligence Estimates, Folder 1, NIE 53/14.3–73. Secret. The Central Intelligence Agency and the intelligence organizations of the Departments of State, Defense, and Treasury and the National Security Agency participated in the preparation of this estimate. The Director of Central Intelligence submitted the estimate with the concurrence of all members of the USIB except the FBI representative, who abstained on the ground that it was outside FBI jurisdiction. For the full text of the estimate, see National Intelligence Council, Estimative Products on Vietnam, 1948–1975 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2005), pp. 597–617.


Document 112: Backchannel Message From the President’s Assistant for National Security Affairs (Kissinger) to the Ambassador to Vietnam (Martin)

Source: National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, NSC Files, Box 416, Backchannel Messages, Martin, July 19–December 1973. Secret; Eyes Only.


Document 113: Minutes of Washington Special Actions Group Meeting

Source: National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, NSC Files, NSC Institutional Files (H–Files), Box H–117, WSAG Meeting Minutes, Originals, 1973. Top Secret; Sensitive; Codeword. The meeting was held in the White House Situation Room.


Document 114: Memorandum From Rob Roy Ratliff of the National Security Council Staff to Secretary of State Kissinger

Source: National Security Council, NSC Intelligence Files, Subject Files, Box I–009, Laos, February 1969–November 1973. Secret; Eyes Only; Outside System. Sent for action. Stearman concurred. Memorandum for the 40 Committee, “CIA Political Action Program in Laos,” October 26, attached but not printed. A handwritten notation on that memorandum reads: “Telephonically approved by the 40 Committee on 19 Nov. 1973.”


Document 115: Memorandum From the Director of Central Intelligence (Colby) to the President’s Assistant for National Security Affairs (Kissinger)

Source: National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, NSC Files, Box 209, Agency Files, CIA, 1973. Secret; Sensitive; Eyes Only.


Document 116: Minutes of Washington Special Actions Group Meeting

Source: National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, NSC Files, NSC Institutional Files (H–Files), Box H–117, WSAG Meeting Minutes, Originals, 1973. Secret; Nodis; Codeword. The meeting was held in the White House Situation Room.


Document 117: Backchannel Message From the Ambassador to Vietnam (Martin) to the President’s Assistant for National Security Affairs (Kissinger)

Source: National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, NSC Files, Box 416, Backchannel Messages, Martin, Saigon, July 19–December 1973. Top Secret; Sensitive; Exclusively Eyes Only; Immediate.


Document 118: Memorandum of Conversation

Source: National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, NSC Files, Box 1027, Presidential/HAK Memcons, December 1973. Secret; Nodis. Drafted by Wenzel.


Document 119: Memorandum From the Director of Central Intelligence (Colby) to the President’s Assistant for National Security Affairs (Kissinger)


Document 120: Memorandum of Conversation

Source: National Archives, RG 59, Central Files 1970–73, POL 27–14 VIET. Top Secret; Sensitive; Exclusively Eyes Only. The meeting was held at the International Conference Center, Avenue Kleber. All brackets except those that indicate omitted material are in the original.


Document 121: Backchannel Message From the Ambassador to Vietnam (Martin) to the President’s Assistant for National Security Affairs (Kissinger)

Source: National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, NSC Files, Box 416, Backchannel Messages, Martin Channel, Saigon, 1974. Secret; Immediate; Eyes Only.


Document 122: Minutes of Washington Special Actions Group Meeting

Source: National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, NSC Files, NSC Institutional Files (H–Files), Box H–117, WSAG Meeting Minutes, Originals, 1973. Top Secret; Sensitive. The meeting was held in the White House Situation Room.


Document 123: Backchannel Message From the President’s Assistant for National Security Affairs (Kissinger) to the Ambassador to Vietnam (Martin)

Source: National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, NSC Files, Box 416, Backchannel Messages, Martin Channel, Saigon, 1974. Secret; Sensitive; Immediate; Exclusively Eyes Only. Sent with the instruction: “Deliver opening of business.”


Document 124: Minutes of the Secretary of State’s Regionals Staff Meeting

Source: National Archives, RG 59, Transcripts of Secretary of State Kissinger’s Staff Meetings, 1973–1977, Entry 5177, Box 2, Secretary’s Staff Meetings. Secret. Kissinger chaired the meeting, which was attended by all the principal officers including the assistant secretaries for the regional but not functional bureaus of the Department or their designated alternates.


Document 125: Memorandum From Charles Cooper of the National Security Council Staff to Secretary of State Kissinger

Source: National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, NSC Files, NSC Institutional Files (H–Files), Box H–239, NSDM 210, Policy Papers. Confidential. Sent for action. Smyser and Kennedy concurred. Kissinger asked Cooper to prepare this memorandum during a March 19 meeting of the NSC Deputies. “It is impossible to imagine,” Kissinger remarked during that session, “that we invest ten years and all of the lives and resources involved to let it all go down the drain for a $100 million.” Kissinger concluded: “I will do whatever is required. Lay out a game plan for me and get it to me quickly.” (Ibid., Kissinger Office Files, Box 19, McFarlane Chronological File, January–March 1974, 2) Kissinger discussed Cooper’s memorandum during his March 22 staff meeting. (Ibid., RG 59, Transcripts of Secretary of State Kissinger’s Staff Meetings, 1973–1977, Entry 5177, Box 3, Secretary’s Staff Meetings)


Document 126: Minutes of the Secretary of State’s Principals and Regionals Staff Meeting

Source: National Archives, RG 59, Transcripts of Secretary of State Kissinger’s Staff Meetings, 1973–1977, Entry 5177, Box 3, Secretary’s Staff Meetings. Secret; Nodis. Kissinger chaired the meeting, which was attended by all the principal officers including the assistant secretaries for the regional but not functional bureaus of the Department or their designated alternates.


Document 127: Memorandum From Richard Kennedy and William Smyser of the National Security Council Staff to Secretary of State Kissinger

Source: National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, NSC Files, Box 210, Agency Files, CIA, 1974. Secret; Sensitive. Sent for action. Ober concurred.


Document 128: National Intelligence Estimate

Source: Central Intelligence Agency, NIC Files, Job 79–R01012A, Box 469, National Intelligence Estimates, Folder 3, NIE 53/14.3–1–74. Secret; No Foreign Dissem; Controlled Dissem. The Central Intelligence Agency and the intelligence organizations of the Departments of State, Defense, and Treasury and the National Security Agency participated in the preparation of this estimate. The Director of Central Intelligence submitted the estimate with the concurrence of all members of the USIB except the FBI representative, who abstained on the ground that it was outside FBI jurisdiction. For the full text of the estimate, see National Intelligence Council, Estimative Products on Vietnam, 1948–1975 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2005), pp. 619–630.


Document 129: Memorandum From the Director of Central Intelligence (Colby) to Secretary of State Kissinger

Source: Central Intelligence Agency, Executive Registry Subject Files, Job 80–M01048A, Box 18, Vietnam. Secret; Sensitive; Eyes Only.


Document 130: Memorandum From the Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (de Poix) to Secretary of Defense Schlesinger

Source: Washington National Records Center, OSD Files: FRC 330–78–0010, Laos 320.2, 1974. Top Secret; Sensitive. A notation at the bottom of the first page reads: “Sec Def has seen, 6 Jun 74.”


Document 131: Memorandum for the Record

Source: Washington National Records Center, OSD Files: FRC 330–78–0010, Viet 092, 1974. Top Secret; Sensitive; Nodis. The meeting was held in the White House Situation Room. Prepared by T. J. Bigley on July 19. No minutes of this meeting were found.


Document 132: Memorandum From Jeanne Davis of the National Security Council Staff to the President’s Deputy Assistant for National Security Affairs (Scowcroft)

Source: National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, NSC Files, Box 1338, Unfiled Material, NSC Unfiled Material, 1974 (5). Top Secret; Sensitive.


Document 133: Memorandum From William Stearman of the National Security Council Staff to Secretary of State Kissinger

Source: Ford Library, National Security Adviser, Outside the System Files, Box 1, Chronological. Secret; Sensitive. Urgent; Sent for information.


Document 134: Memorandum of Conversation

Source: National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, NSC Files, Kissinger Office Files, Box 105, Country Files, Far East, Vietnam, GVN Memcons, June 1973–August 1974. Secret; Nodis. The meeting was held in the Secretary’s White House office.


Document 135: Memorandum of Conversation

Source: Ford Library, National Security Adviser, Memoranda of Conversations, Box 4, Memcons. Secret; Nodis. The meeting was held in the Oval Office. Brackets are in the original.


Document 136: Memorandum From the President’s Deputy Assistant for Legislative Affairs (Korologos) to the President’s Deputy Assistant for National Security Affairs (Scowcroft) and the White House Counselor (Marsh)

Source: Ford Library, NSC Files, Box 6, Agency Files, Department of Defense, August 1974. Confidential. Sent through Timmons. A copy was sent to McFarlane.


Document 137: Telegram From the Embassy in Cambodia to the Department of State

Source: Ford Library, National Security Adviser, Presidential Country Files for East Asia and the Pacific, Box 4, Cambodia, State Department Telegrams, To SECSTATE, Nodis (1). Secret; Nodis.


Document 138: Backchannel Message From the President’s Deputy Assistant for National Security Affairs (Scowcroft) to the Defense Attaché at the Embassy in France (Oveson)

Source: Ford Library, National Security Adviser, Kissinger–Scowcroft West Wing Office Files, Box 34, Vietnamese War, Camp David File. Secret; Sensitive.


Document 139: Memorandum of Conversation

Source: Washington National Records Center, OSD Files: FRC 330–78–0011, Viet 091, 1974. Secret; Sensitive. The meeting was held in the office of the Secretary of Defense. Prepared by Jack Pilk, ISA, on August 31; approved by Ellsworth.


Document 140: Telegram From the Embassy in Vietnam to the Department of State

Source: National Archives, RG 59, Central Foreign Policy Files. Confidential; Exdis.


Document 141: Memorandum From Rob Roy Ratliff of the National Security Council Staff to Secretary of State Kissinger

Source: National Security Council, Ford Administration Intelligence Files, Subject Files, Box I–012, Vietnam, August–June 1975. Secret; Eyes Only; Outside System. Sent for action. Stearman and Smyser concurred.


Document 142: Memorandum of Conversation

Source: Washington National Records Center, OSD Files: FRC 330–78–0011, Cambodia 000.1–299, 1974. Secret; Sensitive. The meeting was held in the office of the Secretary of Defense. Prepared by Ching; approved by Jordan. Dean was in the United States for consultations.


Document 143: Memorandum From Secretary of State Kissinger to President Ford

Source: Ford Library, National Security Adviser, Subject Files, Box 6, Foreign Assistance, Military Assistance Fund (1). Administratively Confidential. Sent for information. A stamped notation at the top of the page reads: “The President Has Seen.” According to the attached correspondence profile, Ford noted the memorandum on September 12.


Document 144: Memorandum of Conversation

Source: Ford Library, National Security Adviser, Memoranda of Conversations, Box 5, 9/12/1974. Confidential. The meeting was held in the White House Cabinet Room. All brackets, with the exception of those describing omitted material, are in the original. According to the President’s Daily Diary, the meeting ended at 8:55 a.m. (Ibid., Staff Secretary’s Office File)


Document 145: Memorandum of Conversation

Source: Ford Library, National Security Adviser, Memoranda of Conversations, Box 5, 9/13/1974. Secret; Nodis. The meeting was held in the Oval Office. Brackets are in the original. According to the President’s Daily Diary, the meeting ended at 12:11 p.m. (Ibid., Staff Secretary’s Office File)


Document 146: Memorandum From Richard Kennedy of the National Security Council Staff to Secretary of State Kissinger

Source: Ford Library, National Security Adviser, Subject Files, Box 6, Foreign Assistance, Military Assistance Fund (2). Confidential. Sent for urgent action.


Document 147: Memorandum From Rob Roy Ratliff of the National Security Council Staff for Secretary of State Kissinger

Source: National Security Council, Ford Administration Intelligence Files, Subject Files, Box I–012, Vietnam, August–June 1975. Secret; Eyes Only; Outside System. Sent for action. Kennedy, Stearman, and Smyser concurred.


Document 148: Memorandum of Conversation

Source: Ford Library, National Security Adviser, Memoranda of Conversations, Box 6, 10/5/1974. Secret; Nodis. The meeting was held in the Oval Office. Brackets are in the original.


Document 149: Memorandum From William Stearman of the National Security Council Staff to Secretary of State Kissinger

Source: Ford Library, National Security Adviser, Presidential Country Files for East Asia and the Pacific, Box 2, Cambodia (2). Top Secret; Sensitive. Sent for information. Smyser concurred.


Document 150: National Security Study Memorandum 213

Source: Ford Library, NSC Files, NSC Institutional Files (H–Files), Box 33, NSSM 213. Secret; Sensitive. The NSC Staff sent copies to the Chairman, JCS and the Director, OMB.


Document 151: Telegram From the Department of State to the Embassy in Vietnam

Source: National Archives, RG 59, Central Foreign Policy Files. Confidential; Exdis. Drafted by the White House; approved by Wenzel, EA/VN.


Document 152: Interagency Intelligence Memorandum

Source: Ford Library, NSC Files, NSC Institutional Files (H–Files), Box 33, NSSM 213. Secret; Sensitive. The intelligence community generated this report in response to NSSM 213, Document 150. On the same day, the Central Intelligence Agency issued an independent survey of political unrest in South Vietnam, “Political Discontent in South Vietnam,” 1147/74, November 18, which concluded: “In the final analysis, political stability in Saigon will depend on things over which the present political opposition [to Thieu] has little control—the course of the war, economic developments, and future U.S. aid levels.” (Ford Library, National Security Adviser, Presidential Country Files for East Asia and the Pacific, Box 18, Vietnam, 3)


Document 153: Memorandum From the President’s Assistant for National Security Affairs (Kissinger) to President Ford

Source: Ford Library, National Security Adviser, Presidential Country Files for East Asia and the Pacific, Box 18, Vietnam (3). Top Secret; Sensitive; Exclusively Eyes Only. Sent for information.


Document 154: Telegram From the Embassy in Vietnam to the Department of State


Document 155: National Intelligence Estimate

Source: Central Intelligence Agency, Executive Registry Subject Files, Job 80–M01066A, Box 11, Vietnam (9). Secret. The Central Intelligence Agency and the intelligence organizations of the Departments of State, Defense, and Treasury and the National Security Agency participated in the preparation of this estimate. The Director of Central Intelligence submitted the estimate with the concurrence of all members of the USIB except the FBI representative, who abstained on the ground that it was outside FBI jurisdiction. For the full text of the estimate, see National Intelligence Council, Estimative Products on Vietnam, 1948–1975 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2005), pp. 633–643.


Document 156: Minutes of Washington Special Actions Group Meeting

Source: Ford Library, NSC Files, NSC Institutional Files (H–Files), Box 18, WSAG Meeting Minutes, Originals, 1/7/1975. Top Secret; Sensitive. The meeting was held in the White House Situation Room.


Document 157: Interagency Intelligence Memorandum

Source: Ford Library, NSC Files, NSC Institutional Files (H–Files), Box 33, NSSM 213. Secret; Sensitive. The intelligence community generated this report in response to NSSM 213, Document 150. It supplements the November 18 response, Document 152.


Document 158: Telegram From the Embassy in Vietnam to the Department of State

Source: National Archives, RG 59, Central Foreign Policy Files. Secret; Immediate.


Document 159: Memorandum of Conversation

Source: Ford Library, National Security Adviser, Memoranda of Conversations, Box 8, 1/8/1975. Secret; Nodis. The meeting was held in the Oval Office. All brackets, except those describing omitted material, are in the original.


Document 160: Memorandum From the Deputy Secretary of Defense (Clements) to the President’s Assistant for National Security Affairs (Kissinger)

Source: Washington National Records Center, OSD Files: FRC 330–78–0058, Viet 091.3, 1975. Secret.


Document 161: Memorandum of Conversation

Source: Ford Library, National Security Adviser, Memoranda of Conversations, Box 8, 1/13/1975. Secret; Nodis. The meeting was held in the Oval Office.


Document 162: Memorandum From the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Abramowitz) to Secretary of Defense Schlesinger

Source: Washington National Records Center, OSD Files: FRC 330–78–0058, 300–399, Viet, 1975. Top Secret. A stamp at the bottom of the page reads: “Sec Def has seen, 17 Jan 1975.”


Document 163: Memorandum From the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (Ash) to President Ford

Source: Ford Library, Presidential Handwriting File, Box 22, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Aid, South Vietnam. Confidential. A stamp at the top of the memorandum reads: “The President Has Seen.”


Document 164: Memorandum From William Smyser and Clinton Granger of the National Security Council Staff to the President’s Deputy Assistant for National Security Affairs (Scowcroft)

Source: Ford Library, National Security Adviser, Presidential Country Files for East Asia and the Pacific, Box 1, Southeast Asia. Top Secret; Sensitive. Sent for urgent action.


Document 165: Memorandum From the Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (Graham) to Secretary of Defense Schlesinger

Source: Washington National Records Center, OSD Files: FRC 330–78–0058, Viet 091.3, 1975. Secret.


Document 166: Telegram From the Embassy in Vietnam to the Department of State

Source: Ford Library, National Security Adviser, Presidential Country Files for East Asia and the Pacific, Box 21, Vietnam, State Department Telegrams, To SECSTATE, Nodis (2). Secret; Nodis.


Document 167: Minutes of the Secretary of State’s Regionals Staff Meeting

Source: National Archives, RG 59, Transcripts of Secretary of State Kissinger’s Staff Meetings, 1973–1977, Entry 5177, Box 6, Secretary’s Staff Meetings. Secret. Kissinger chaired the meeting, attended by all the principal officers including the assistant secretaries for the regional but not functional bureaus of the Department or their designated alternates.


Document 168: Memorandum for the Record

Source: Ford Library, National Security Adviser, Memoranda of Conversations, Box 8, 1/28/1975. Secret; Nodis. The meeting was held in the White House Cabinet Room. Brackets are in the original. All blank underscores are omissions in the original.


Document 169: Memorandum of Cabinet Meeting

Source: Ford Library, National Security Adviser, Memoranda of Conversations, Box 8, 1/29/1975. Confidential. The meeting was held in the White House Cabinet Room. Brackets are in the original.


Document 170: Memorandum From William Smyser of the National Security Council Staff to Secretary of State Kissinger

Source: Ford Library, National Security Adviser, Presidential Country Files for East Asia and the Pacific, Box 19, Vietnam (6). Secret; Sensitive; Eyes Only. Urgent; Sent for information.


Document 171: Memorandum for the Record

Source: Ford Library, National Security Adviser, Presidential Country Files for East Asia and the Pacific, Box 19, Vietnam (7). Secret; Exdis. The meeting was held in the Department of State EA Conference Room.


Document 172: Memorandum of Conversation

Source: Ford Library, National Security Adviser, Memoranda of Conversations, Box 9, 2/15/75. Confidential; Nodis. Brackets are in the original. The meeting was held in the Oval Office.


Document 173: Telegram From the Embassy in Cambodia to the Department of State

Source: Ford Library, National Security Adviser, Presidential Country Files for East Asia and the Pacific, Box 4, Cambodia, State Department Telegrams, To SECSTATE, Nodis (2). Secret; Priority; Nodis; Cherokee.


Document 174: Memorandum From William Stearman of the National Security Council Staff to Secretary of State Kissinger

Source: Ford Library, National Security Adviser, Presidential Country Files for East Asia and the Pacific, Box 2, Cambodia (9). Secret. Sent for information. According to the attached correspondence profile, Kissinger noted the memorandum on April 8.


Document 175: Telegram From the Department of State to the Embassy in Cambodia

Source: Ford Library, National Security Adviser, Presidential Country Files for East Asia and the Pacific, Box 4, Cambodia, State Department Telegrams, From SECSTATE, Nodis (1). Secret; Immediate; Nodis; Cherokee. Drafted by Habib, EA; approved by the Secretary and Woods, S/S.


Document 176: Telegram From the Embassy in Cambodia to the Department of State

Source: Ford Library, National Security Adviser, Presidential Country Files for East Asia and the Pacific, Box 4, Cambodia, State Department Telegrams, To SECSTATE, Nodis (2). Secret; Nodis; Cherokee.


Document 177: Telegram From the Department of State to the Embassy in Vietnam

Source: Ford Library, National Security Adviser, Presidential Correspondence with Foreign Leaders, Box 5, Vietnam, Nguyen Van Thieu. Secret; Immediate; Nodis. Drafted by the White House; approved by Miller, EA; Wenzel, EA/VN; and Luers, S/S.