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

The SS Mayaguez Incident, May 12–15, 1975


Document 284: Minutes of the Secretary of State’s Regionals Staff Meeting

Washington , May 12, 1975 , 8–8:40 a.m.

Source: National Archives, RG 59, Transcripts of Secretary of State Kissinger’s Staff Meetings, 1973–1977, Entry 5177, Box 7, Secretary’s Staff Meetings. Secret. Kissinger chaired the meeting, which was attended by all the principal officers of the Department or their designated alternates.


Document 285: Minutes of National Security Council Meeting

Washington , May 12, 1975 , 12:05–12:50 p.m.

Source: Ford Library, National Security Adviser, NSC Meetings File, Box 1. Top Secret; Sensitive. The meeting was held in the White House Cabinet Room.


Document 286: Telegram From the Department of State to the Liaison Office in China

Washington , May 13, 1975, 0013Z .

Source: Ford Library, National Security Adviser, NSC East Asian and Pacific Affairs Staff Files, 1973–1976, Box 29, Department of State, Telegrams and Cables (1). Secret; Niact; Immediate; Nodis. Drafted by Armstrong, EA; approved by Zurhellen, EA, and by Ingersoll.


Document 287: Telegram From the Liaison Office in China to the Department of State

Beijing , May 13, 1975, 0454Z .

Source: Ford Library, National Security Adviser, NSC East Asian and Pacific Affairs Staff Files, 1973–1976, Box 29, Department of State, Telegrams and Cables (1). Secret; Nodis; Flash.


Document 288: Telegram From the Embassy in Thailand to the Department of State

Bangkok , May 13, 1975, 1116Z .

Source: National Archives, RG 59, Central Foreign Policy Files. Confidential; Flash. Repeated to the Defense Department and to CINCPAC for POLAD.


Document 289: Telegram From the Embassy in Thailand to the Department of State

Bangkok , May 13, 1975, 1315Z .

Source: Ford Library, National Security Adviser, NSC East Asian and Pacific Affairs Staff Files, Box 29, Department of State, Telegrams and Cables (1). Secret; Nodis; Flash.


Document 290: Memorandum From Clinton Granger of the National Security Council Staff to Secretary of State Kissinger

Washington , May 13, 1975 .

Source: Ford Library, National Security Adviser, NSC Institutional Files, Box 21, Mayaguez Military Options. Confidential. Sent for information. A handwritten notation at the top of the memorandum reads: “HAK has seen.” Smyser concurred.


Document 291: Minutes of National Security Council Meeting

Washington , May 13, 1975 , 10:22–11:17 a.m.

Source: Ford Library, National Security Adviser, NSC Meetings File, Box 1, Chronological File. Top Secret; Sensitive. The meeting was held in the White House Cabinet Room.


Document 292: Telegram From the Department of State to the Embassy in Thailand

Washington , May 13, 1975, 1754Z .

Source: Ford Library, National Security Adviser, NSC East Asian and Pacific Affairs Staff Files, Box 29, Department of State, Telegrams and Cables. Secret; Nodis; Flash. Drafted by Sisco; approved by Sisco, Johnson, and Eagleburger.


Document 293: Transcript of Telephone Conversation Between President Ford and the President’s Deputy Assistant for National Security Affairs (Scowcroft)

Washington , May 13, 1975, 8:10 p.m.

Source: Ford Library, National Security Adviser, Kissinger-Scowcroft West Wing Office Files, Box 1, Cambodia, Mayaguez Seizure. No classification marking.


Document 294: Transcript of Telephone Conversation Between President Ford and the President’s Deputy Assistant for National Security Affairs (Scowcroft)

Washington , May 13, 1975, 9:50 p.m.

Source: Ford Library, National Security Adviser, Kissinger-Scowcroft West Wing Office Files, Box 1, Cambodia, Mayaguez Seizure. No classification marking.


Document 295: Minutes of National Security Council Meeting

Washington , May 13 – 14, 1975 , 10:40 p.m.–12:25 a.m.

Source: Ford Library, National Security Adviser, NSC Meetings File, Box 1, Chronological File. Top Secret; Sensitive. The meeting was held in the White House Cabinet Room.


Document 296: Telegram From the Embassy in Thailand to the Department of State

Bangkok , May 14, 1975, 1406Z .

Source: National Archives, RG 59, Central Foreign Policy Files. Confidential; Flash; Limdis. Repeated to Vientiane, the Defense Department, CINCPAC for POLAD, and USSAG Nakhon Phanom.


Document 297: Telegram From the Mission to the United Nations to the Department of State

New York , May 14, 1975, 1817Z .

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


Document 298: Minutes of National Security Council Meeting

Washington , May 14, 1975 , 3:52–5:42 p.m.

Source: Ford Library, National Security Adviser, NSC Meetings File, Box 1. Top Secret; Sensitive. The meeting was held in the White House Cabinet Room.


Document 299: Telegram From the Liaison Office in China to the Department of State

Beijing , May 15, 1975, 0253Z .

Source: Ford Library, National Security Adviser, NSC East Asian and Pacific Affairs Staff Files, 1973–1976, Box 29, Department of State, Telegrams and Cables (2). Secret; Niact; Immediate; Nodis.


Document 300: Message From the Commander in Chief, Pacific (Gayler) to the Joint Chiefs of Staff

Honolulu , May 15, 1975, 1008Z .

Source: Ford Library, National Security Adviser, NSC East Asian and Pacific Affairs Staff Files, 1973–1976, Box 28, Department of Defense, CINCPAC (3). Secret; Noforn; Limdis. This situation report is as of 0600Z, May 15.


Document 301: Minutes of National Security Council Meeting

Washington , May 15, 1975 , 4:02–4:20 p.m.

Source: Ford Library, National Security Adviser, NSC Meetings File, Box 1. Top Secret; Sensitive. The meeting was held in the White House Cabinet Room. This is Part I of III; Part II is discussion of the Panama Canal negotiations, and Part III is discussion of the Middle East.