VI. Final Report of the Vietnam Task Force and the Establishment of the Vietnam Working Group July


233. Final Report of the Vietnam Task Force

Source: Department of State, S/S Files: Lot 66 D 219. Secret. Also printed in Declassified Documents, 1981, 591A. A copy of the report was transmitted to McGeorge Bundy on July 11 with a note that the programs and momentum generated by the Task Force would be continued by a new Working Group on Vietnam under the newly created Task Force on Southeast Asia.


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

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 751J.00/7-562. Secret; Priority. Drafted by Heavner on July 5; cleared with Cottrell, Cleveland, Wood, and S/S. Also sent to Geneva and repeated to London, Paris, Vientiane, and CINCPAC.


235. Letter From the Director of the Vietnam Working Group (Wood) to the Ambassador in Vietnam (Nolting)

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 611.51K/7-662. Secret; Official-Informal.


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

Source: Kennedy Library, National Security Files, Vietnam Country Series. Secret; Limit Distribution. Repeated to CINCPAC.


237. Memorandum From the Secretary of Defenseʼs Assistant for Special Operations (Lansdale) to the Secretary of Defense (McNamara)

Source: Washington National Records Center, RG 330, OSD Files: Lot 66 A 3542 Vietnam 1962, 000.1-091. Also sent to the Deputy Secretary of Defense. Signed “Ed”. On the source text McNamara wrote: “7/15 To Gen Lansdale. An excellent set of questions Ed—it is this kind of info I need & am not receiving—please discuss with Joe Carroll.” At the bottom of the source text Lansdale noted: “Discussed with Gen. Carroll. He said he would include this in further steps he is taking. He notes that some adding of intelligence & operations is needed.”


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

Source: Washington National Records Center, RG 84, Saigon Embassy Files: FRC 67 A 677, 350 International Pol Rels—350 Laos Conf. In telegram 24, July 8, the Embassy in Saigon reported that Nolting and Harkins thought the draft letter transmitted in Document 234 was excellent. (Telegram 24; Kennedy Library, National Security Files, Vietnam Country Series) But the following day Harriman cabled a new text from Geneva and stated that the old one was too general to be effective. (Confe 1196 and 1197; Department of State, Central Files, 751J.00/7-962) The source text is the same as that suggested by Harriman except for minor changes.


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

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 751K.00/7-1062. Secret; Niact; Limit Distribution. According to another copy, this telegram was drafted by Nolting. (Washington National Records Center, RG 84, Saigon Embassy Files: FRC 67 A 677, 350 Laos Conference) Repeated to Paris, London, Geneva, Vientiane, Bangkok, and CINCPAC.


241. Memorandum From the Ambassador at Large (Bowles) to the Secretary of State

Source: Kennedy Library, Presidentʼs Office Files, Special Correspondence, Bowles. Confidential.


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

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 751K.5/7-1662. Confidential; Priority. Drafted by Wood, cleared with AID, DOD/ISA, and Cottrell, and repeated to CINCPAC for Polad.


243. Memorandum From the Director of the Bureau of Intelligence and Research (Hilsman) to the Secretary of State

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 751K.00/7-1662. Secret; Noforn. Signed by Hilsman and sent through S/S.


244. Memorandum for the Record

Source: Washington National Records Center, RG 330, OASD/ISA Files: 65 A 3501, 092.Vietnam. Secret. A note on the source text indicates that it was prepared from the interpreterʼs notes and should not be considered a stenographic record. Copies were sent to McNamara, Gilpatric, Lemnitzer, William Bundy, and the Assistant to the Secretary of Defense. The source text bears the stamp “Mr. Bundy has seen."


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

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 751K.5/7-2062. Confidential; Priority. Repeated to CINCPAC for Polad.


246. Memorandum of Conversation, United States Delegation Building, Geneva, July 22, 1962, 11:30 a.m.

Source: Department of State, Secretaryʼs Memoranda of Conversation: Lot 65 D 330, July 1962. Secret. Drafted by Sullivan on July 23, approved in S on July 24. Copies were sent to Saigon, Phnom Penh, Vientiane, and Geneva. Secretary Rusk was in Geneva for the final sessions of the Laos Conference. The meeting was held in the U.S. Delegation building.


247. Memorandum of a Conversation, Barringtonʼs Suite, Hotel Suisse, Geneva, July 22, 1962, 2:30 p.m.

Source: Columbia University, Harriman Papers, Vietnam. Drafted by Sullivan and authorized by Harriman. The meeting was held in Barringtonʼs suite at the Hotel Suisse.


248. Record of the Sixth Secretary of Defense Conference, Camp Smith, Hawaii, July 23, 1962

Source: Department of State, Vietnam Working Group Files: Lot 66 D 307, Honolulu Meeting, July 23, 1962. Top Secret. No drafting or clearance information is given on the source text. A 10-page summary of the discussions is ibid. Attached to the source text were a cover sheet, a memorandum of distribution, and a memorandum of transmittal from Felt to McNamara, dated July 26.


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

Source: National Defense University, Taylor Papers, T-238-69. Secret.