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South Vietnam: Bombing of Palace Isolated Incident

Feb. 27, 1962 - The Government of South Vietnam announced today that the bombing of the Presidential Palace early yesterday morning had been carried out by two “discontented” pilots (pictured preparing to bomb) in an isolated attempt to assassinate President Ngo Dinh Diem. He escaped harm in the attack, which demolished a wing of the palace. One of the attacking pilots was seized after his plane had crashed. The other flier was reported to have been arrested in neighboring Cambodia. Presumably, efforts will be made to get him back to Saigon. There was no evidence that anyone else was involved in the incident. An American civilian was the only casualty in the raid. Sidney Ambrose, 49, of Portland, Ore., was killed when he fell from the roof of a four-story apartment house while watching the bombing. Mr. Ambrose was employed as a technical assistant by a contracting company.


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