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Foreign Relations of the United States, 1961–1963, Volume II, Vietnam, 1962

John P. Glennon
David M. Baehler
Charles S. Sampson
General Editor:
Glenn W. LaFantasie

United States Government Printing Office

Department of State
Office of the Historian
Bureau of Public Affairs


Document selection for this volume proceeded on the basis of a research plan developed by the editors after a preliminary review of repositories in both governmental and private agencies. From the outset the editors also approached their research with the recognition of the need to supplement the written record of U.S. policy during the Vietnam war with interviews of officials who participated in the policy process. Early attention was also given to those oral history interviews of participants already in existence and available in various locations.

On the basis of their preliminary research and the review of already-published documentation, including the Pentagon Papers of 1971, the editors developed the following five major general areas of focus for the research and selection of documents for inclusion in this volume: 1) Discussion and formulation of policy in Washington; 2) Policy implementation; 3) Reports from the Embassy in Saigon; 4) U.S. military involvement in Vietnam; and 5) Intelligence activities.