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President Kennedy Sending General Taylor to South Vietnam

Oct. 11, 1961 - General Maxwell D. Taylor (pictured left) will go to South Vietnam this week on President Kennedy’s behalf to study means of helping that country against attacks by Communist guerrillas. The President announced the mission today as he opened his news conference with a new expression of concern over the Communist threat to South Vietnam’s independence. The President said that on the basis of General Taylor’s report, a decision would be made on whether U.S. combat troops should be dispatched to Southeast Asia. In another move related to the Southeast Asian situation, the President called Gen. James A. Van Fleet back from retirement to assist the Army in training specialists in guerrilla warfare.


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