Source: Department of State, Central Files, POL 27 S VIET. Confidential; Immediate. Drafted by Conlon, cleared by Harriman, and approved by Hilsman. Repeated to Paris for Rusk and to CINCPAC for POLAD.
Source: Johnson Library, National Security File, Vietnam Memos. Secret, Routine No Foreign Dissem/No Dissem Abroad/Controlled Dissem Background Use Only. A note on the source text indicates this information was acquired in Saigon December 8-14. Forrestal sent this report to Bundy under cover of a memorandum, December 17 which reads as follows:
“The attached is as good a wrap-up on the Vietnam situation as I have seen in the last few days. The President might be interested.” Also published in Declassified Documents, 1975, 57B.
Source: Washington National Records Center, RG 330, McNamara Files: FRC 71-1-3470, 12/19-12/20/63, SVN Visit. Confidential. Authorship of this report is not given, but a note in Lodge’s handwriting on the source text reads: “By an intelligent American who recently visited Long An and doesn’t want to sign his name.” It was handed to McNamara in Saigon by Lodge.
Source: Washington National Records Center, RG 330, McNamara Files: FRC 71-A-4370, 12/19-12/20/63 SVN Visit. Secret; Limited Distribution. Presumably drafted by Lodge who signed it. Sent to Washington in telegraphic form in telegram 1192 from Saigon, December 20. (Department of State, Central Files, POL 7 US/MCNAMARA)
371. Memorandum From the Assistant Secretary of State for Far Eastern Affairs (Hilsman) to the Secretary of State
Source: Department of State, Vietnam Working Group Files: Lot 67 D 54, POL 1 General Political. Secret. Drafted by Joseph W. Neubert, Koren, Conlon, and Montgomery and signed by Hilsman. A note on the source text indicates that Rusk saw this memorandum.
372. Report by the Joint Chiefs of Staff’s Special Assistant for Counterinsurgency and Special Activities (Krulak)
Source: Kennedy Library, Hilsman Papers, Countries Series-Vietnam. Secret. Hilsman wrote the following note on a cover sheet: “This is Brute Krulak’s report, probably TS.”
373. Memorandum for the Record by the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs’ Special Assistant (Sullivan)
Source: Kennedy Library, Hilsman Papers, Countries Series-Vietnam. Top Secret. A note on the source text indicates this was Hilsman’s personal copy.
Source: Washington National Records Center, RG 330, McNamara Files: FRC 71-A-3470, South Vietnam, McNamara Statement. Secret. The signed original is in the Johnson Library, National Security File, Vietnam Country File, Memos and Misc. Also printed in Pentagon Papers: Gravel Edition, Vol. 11, pp. 494-496.
Source: Johnson Library, National Security File, Vietnam Country File, Memos and Misc. Secret.
Source: Washington National Records Center, OSD Files: FRC 69-A-3131, Vietnam 381. Secret. A note on the source text indicates that McNamara saw this letter.
378. Memorandum From the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs’ Special Assistant (Jorden) to the Under Secretary (Harriman)
Source: Department of State, S/P Files: Lot 70 D 199, Vietnam 1963. Confidential.
Source: Johnson Library, National Security File, Heads of State Correspondence, General Minh Corres. Secret; Eyes Only. Transmitted to Saigon eyes only for Ambassador Lodge in telegram CAP 63663, which is the source text. The telegram was sent to the LBJ Ranch on December 30 for approval. (Draft telegram from Bundy to the President; ibid.)
Source: Department of State, Central Files, POL 27 S VIET. Secret Flash. Drafted by James M. Montgomery of the Vietnam Working Group, cleared by Forrestal, and approved by Hilsman. A draft of the letter to Minh, a draft of the oral presentation, and a covering memorandum from Rusk to the President were prepared by Mendenhall on December 26. Rusk took the drafts and the memorandum to the LBJ Ranch in Texas on December 27 where the President approved them. Rusk’s memorandum to the President reads in part as follows:
“As a follow-up to Secretary McNamara’s visit to Viet-Nam, we recommend a Presidential message to General Duong Van Minh, Chairman of the Military Revolutionary Council in Viet-Nam, stressing the urgency of action to reverse the adverse trend in the war as well as reaffirming the United States policy of complete support for the Vietnamese Government. At the same time public uneasiness and confusion in both the United States and Viet-Nam necessitate a highly authoritative statement of United States war aims, intentions regarding the withdrawal of military personnel, and policy on neutralization.” (Ibid.)
To meet these two purposes, the memorandum recommended the letter to General Minh and a “supplementary message” to be delivered orally by Lodge.
Source: Department of State, Central Files, POL 15-1 S VIET. Confidential; Limit Distribution. Repeated to CINCPAC.
382. Memorandum From the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs’ Special Assistant (Sullivan) to the Under Secretary (Harriman)
Source: Library of Congress, Harriman Papers, Vietnam-Policy. Secret. William A. Harbin, Harriman’s Staff Assistant, wrote the following note on the source text for Sullivan: “Gov thinks this very good, asks if we should do anything about it now, or just file it?” Sullivan indicated that it should be filed.
383. Memorandum From the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs’ Special Assistant (Jorden) to the Under Secretary (Harriman)
Source: Department of State, Vietnam Working Group Files: Lot 67 D 54, POL 1, General Political. Secret. A note on the source text indicates that it was Hilsman’s copy. Hilsman in turn sent it to the Vietnam Working Group for action.
- I. Reassessment in Washington and Inaction in Saigon, August 28-September
7, 1963: The Coup Stalls, President Kennedy’s Public Statement, Attempts To Negotiate Nhu’s Removal and Change South
Vietnam’s Policies (Documents 1-72)
- II. Period of Interlude, September 7-October 22, 1963: Assessment of the
Progress of the War, U.S. Efforts To Reform the Diem Government, The McNamara-Taylor
Mission to Vietnam and Report, U.S. Policy on Coup Plotting in
Vietnam (Documents 73-208)
- III. The Coup Against the Diem
Government, October 23-November 2, 1963: Differing Interpretations of U.S.
Policy Toward Coup Plotting, Efforts To Obtain Information on a Potential
Coup, Lodge-Diem Discussions, U.S. Assessments of a
Coup, The Coup, The Deaths of Nhu and
Diem (Documents 209-278)
- IV. U.S. Relations With the Provisional Government of Vietnam, November
2-22, 1963: U.S. Recognition of the Provisional Government, The Fate of
Remaining Ngo Family Members and Tri Quang, U.S. Advice to the New
Government, Rejection of a Neutralized South Vietnam, The Special Honolulu
Meeting (Documents 279-322)
- V. The Johnson Presidency, November
22-December 31, 1963: Lodge-Johnson Meeting
on Vietnam, NSAM 273, McNamara Visit, Year-end
Observations (Documents 323-366)