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President Kennedy's Plan for Vietnam

Nov. 16, 1961 - President Kennedy has decided on the measures that the U.S. is prepared to take to strengthen South Vietnam against attack by Communists. The measures closely follow the recommendations made by Gen. Maxwell D. Taylor (left), the President’s military advisor. The United States’ plans do not include the dispatching of combat units at this time. They call for sending several hundred specialists in guerrilla warfare, logistics, communications, engineering, and intelligence to train the forces of President Ngo Dinh Diem. The plans also call for shipments of aircraft and other special equipment.


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