239. National Security Action Memorandum No. 540


  • The Secretary of Defense


  • Service of Cuban Volunteers in U.S. Armed Forces

The President has noted and concurred in your proposed program to enable Cuban volunteers to serve in the U.S. armed forces, as stated in the attachment to your memorandum of June 8, 1961.1

It is assumed that you will inform the Departments of State, Justice and Health, Education and Welfare, and the U.S. Information Agency of the part each will play in carrying out this program.

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It is requested that after a suitable interval has elapsed the Department of Defense prepare a report on the results of this program for transmittal to the President through this office.

McGeorge Bundy 2
  1. Source: Kennedy Library, Presidentʼs Office Files, Countries Series, Cuba—Security, 1961. Confidential.
  2. Document 227.
  3. Printed from a copy that indicates Bundy signed the original.