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Kennedy to South Vietnam: We'll Help You Resist Reds

Oct. 26, 1961 - President Kennedy has reassured South Vietnam of his determination to help it resist Communist attacks and preserve its independence. Mr. Kennedy wrote this in a letter to President Ngo Dinh Diem (pictured right) of South Vietnam. It was sent to mark the sixth anniversary of South Vietnam’s existence as a republic. The President expects a report tomorrow from General Maxwell D. Taylor (left), his special military assistant. Gen. Taylor and his investigative team have proceeded to Thailand after a firsthand look at the situation in South Vietnam, which has been experiencing intensified Communist guerrilla assaults as well as economic difficulties. A primary aspect of Gen. Taylor’s mission was to determine whether effective resistance to the mounting Communist threat could be organized short of the assignment of U.S. combat troops to Southeast Asia.


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