II. Consideration of a Civic Action Program for South Vietnam, February 9-26


54. Memorandum on the Substance of Discussion at a Department of State-Joint Chiefs of Staff Meeting, Pentagon, Washington February 9, 1962, 11:30 a.m.

Source: Department of State, State-JCS Meetings: Lot 65 D 172, February 1962. Top Secret. A notation on the cover sheet indicates that it was a Department of State draft that was not cleared with the Department of Defense. U. Alexis Johnson headed the Department of State delegation. The meeting was held at the Pentagon.


55. Telegram From the Department of State to the Embassy in Vietnam

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 751G.00/2-162. Secret. Drafted on February 8 by Czyzak and Chapman, cleared with Cottrell, Rice, Chayes, Carlson, and Bamard, and approved by Harriman. Also sent to New Delhi and Ottawa. Repeated to Geneva (FECON), London, Vientiane, Bangkok, Phnom Penh, and CINCPAC.


56. Memorandum From the Deputy Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs (Johnson) to the Director of the Vietnam Task Force (Cottrell)

Source: Department of State, Vietnam Working Group Files: Lot 66 D 193, 8, GVN, Information and Civic Action. Confidential. Drafted by Johnson. Copies were sent to Harriman, Janow, and Magathan.


57. Letter From the Deputy Chief of Mission in Vietnam (Trueheart) to the Director of the Vietnam Task Force (Cottrell)

Source: Department of State, Vietnam Working Group Files: Lot 66 D 193, 1-C.1. Secret Official-Informal. A handwritten note on the letter by Trueheart asked Cottrell to pass to Hilsman copies of the draft instructions on Co-ordination and Control Measures, noting that he already had copies of the draft Directive and draft instruction on Strategic Hamlets.


58. Letter From the Deputy Chief of Mission in Vietnam (Trueheart) to the Director of the Vietnam Task Force (Cottrell)

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 751K.5/2-2262. Top Secret; Official-Informal.


59. Memorandum From the Director of the Vietnam Task Force (Cottrell) to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs (Rowan)

Source: Harriman Papers, Vietnam 1962. Confidential. The memorandum was sent to Rowan through Harriman. Typed at the top was: “Harriman said burn this.” In Harrimanʼs handwriting in the border was the following: “I disagree with this memo, but you should read it. I believe our press will build this assistance to Vietnam as our participation in this war—a new war under President Kennedy—the Democratic War [?] Party, so skillfully avoided by the Republican President Eisenhower. The Press do not belong on these aircraft but can be kept fully informed by briefings in Saigon by our military or Embassy. WAH”


60. Telegram From the Embassy in India to the Department of State

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 751G.00/2-1462. Secret; Priority. Repeated to Saigon, London, Bangkok, Paris, Ottawa, CINCPAC for POLAD, and Vientiane.


61. Telegram From the Embassy in Vietnam to the Department of State

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 751K.00/2-1562. Top Secret; Priority; Eyes Only. Action was assigned to U. Alexis Johnson, who wrote at the top of the first page: “No reply required.”


62. Memorandum From the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs (Rowan) to the Deputy Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs (Johnson)

Source: Department of State, Vietnam Working Group Files: Lot 67 D 54, PR 11. Confidential. Drafted by Rowan. Copies sent to Murrow, Harriman, Manning, and Cottrell.


63. Memorandum From Robert H. Johnson of the Policy Planning Council to the Director of the Council (Rostow)

Source: Department of State, S/P Files: Lot 69 D 121, Vietnam, 1962. Confidential.


64. Memorandum From the Director of the Vietnam Task Force (Cottrell) to the Deputy Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs (Johnson)

Source: Department of State, Vietnam Working Group Files: Lot 66 D 193, 8. GVN 1962, Information & Civic Action. Secret. Drafted by Heavner, initialed by Cottrell, and sent to Johnson through S/S and Harriman, who also initialed it.


65. Memorandum From the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs (Rowan) to the Deputy Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs (Johnson)

Source: Washington National Records Center, RG 306, USIA/I/S Files: FRC 68 A 4933, Field: Far East (IAF), 1962. Confidential. This memorandum is part of a package that included a memorandum of February 19 from Rowan to Rusk, Johnson, and Manning in the Department of State, Bundy and Salinger at the White House, and Wilson in USIA, enclosing a draft telegram that was to be considered at the Honolulu Conference of February 19; and that was dispatched with indicated changes as telegram 1006 to Saigon ( Document 75); the memorandum of February 15 from Rowan to Johnson ( Document 62); and a chit of February 15 from Rowan to Murrow transmitting the latter, with a handwritten note by Murrow to Wilson indicating that he agreed with Rowan.


66. Telegram From the Department of State to the Embassy in Vietnam

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 751K.00/1-2962. Secret. Drafted by Heavner, cleared with Wood and with B/FAC, FE, and AID, and approved by Cottrell. Repeated to CINCPAC for POLAD.


67. Memorandum From the Director of the Vietnam Task Force (Cottrell) to the Assistant Secretary of State for Far Eastern Affairs (Harriman)

Source: Department of State, Vietnam Working Group Files: Lot 66 D 307, Honolulu Meeting, July 23, 1962. Secret. Drafted by Wood and Silver. The source text lists four attachments: (1) Agenda items for the Honolulu Meeting (held on February 19); (2) the Hilsman paper “A Strategic Concept for South Viet-Nam” ( Document 42); (3) A New York Times story of February 16 on a speech by Nolting; (4) a partial text of the Nolting speech, February 15. Only the first was found attached to the source text.


68. Memorandum From the Director of the Vietnam Task Force (Cottrell) to the Assistant Secretary of State for Far Eastern Affairs (Harriman)

Source: Department of State, Vietnam Working Group Files; Lot 66 D 307, 1.A-2 Briefing Papers, GVN, 1962. Confidential. Drafted by Wood, Heavner, and Silver.


69. Letter From Wesley R. Fishel of the Michigan State University Group in Vietnam to President John A. Hannah of Michigan State University

Source: Kennedy Library, National Security Files, Vietnam Country Series. Personal and Confidential. A date stamp on the source text indicates that President Hannah received it on February 23. Hanna forwarded it under a covering letter to President Kennedy on February 26, noting that the contract with the MSU Group had been terminated by President Diem and expressing misgivings about ever having gotten involved in Vietnam in the first place. Also attached to the source text was a copy of a letter from McGeorge Bundy to President Hannah of March 26 resuming the original, thanking him on President Kennedyʼs behalf, and informing him that copies of the Fishel letter had been distributed to members of the Presidentʼs staff concerned with Vietnam.


70. Memorandum From the Chief Adviser, Michigan State University Group in Vietnam (Fox), to James B. Hendry of Michigan State University

Source: Michigan State University, Hannah Papers, H, Viet. fr., 1962. None of the attachments is included with the source text.


73. Memorandum From the Naval Aide of the Presidentʼs Military Representative (Bagley) to the Presidentʼs Military Representative (Taylor)

Source: National Defense University, Taylor Papers, T-133-69. Confidential.


74. Memorandum From the Naval Aide of the Presidentʼs Military Representative (Bagley) to the Presidentʼs Military Representative (Taylor)

Source: National Defense University, Taylor Papers, T-133-69. Secret. Drafted by Bagley.


75. Telegram From the Department of State to the Embassy in Vietnam

Source: Kennedy Library, National Security Files, Vietnam, Country Series. Confidential. Drafted by Rowan, cleared with Wilson, Rusk, Manning, Cottrell, and Johnson of State, McNamara and Sylvester of Defense, and Salinger of the White House, and approved by Harriman; Rowan signed the telegram for Rusk. Repeated to CINCPAC for Polad and COMUSMACV. The contents were discussed at the Secretary of Defenseʼs Conference at Honolulu on February 19, as indicated in Document 65. Where significant, differences between this telegram and the draft considered at Honolulu are indicated in footnotes below.


76. Telegram From the Department of State to the Embassy in Vietnam

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 751K.5/11-1661. Secret; Priority; Limit Distribution. Drafted by Maechling; cleared with TF/VN, S/S, AID/FETA, and AID/AA/F; and approved by Johnson who signed for Rusk. Repeated to CINCPAC for POLAD.


77. Letter From the Commander in Chief, Pacificʼs Political Adviser (Martin), to the Director of the Vietnam Task Force (Cottrell)

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 751K.5/2-2162. Top Secret; Official-Informal.


79. Letter From the Chief of the Military Assistance Advisory Group in Vietnam (McGarr) to the Vice President (Johnson)

Source: Declassified Documents, 1976, 33H. Secret.


81. Telegram From their Commander in Chief, Pacific (Felt), to the Joint Chiefs of Staff

Source: Kennedy Library, National Security Files, Vietnam Country Series. Secret. Repeated to CONCPACFLT, CINCUSARPAC, PACAF, MAC/V, and MAAG Vietnam.


82. Telegram From the Department of State to the Embassy in Vietnam

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 751K.00/1-2362. Confidential, No Distribution; Eyes Only. Drafted by Johnson and cleared by Harriman, Battle, and Rusk. Signed by Johnson for the Secretary.


83. Memorandum From the Naval Aide to the Presidentʼs Military Representative (Bagley) to the Presidentʼs Military Representative (Taylor)

Source: National Defense University, Taylor Papers, T-133-69. Top Secret.