Advice and Support - The Early Years [US Army in Vietnam] by Ronald H. Spector

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Roosevelt responded by in for ming Secretary of State Edwa rd R. , that " I still do not want to get A b d H I rnixed u p in any Indoc hina decision . ", nssn or IIr ey. lt is a matter for post-wa r. " He believed that "a n a rrangement had been made" between the two w ithou t the cogn izance of his predecessor, Lt. Ge n . Joseph W. Stil well 26 Despite the concern occaSionall y voiced by Ambassador Hurley and others, American cla n destine contacts and activities in Indochi na before the spring of 1945 had little or no effect on th e in tern al situation in Indochina or on Allied policy.

357 - 60; Thorne, "Indochi na and Anglo-American Relations," pp. 75 - 76; Raymond A. Whee ler to George C. Marshall, 24 Mar 45, O PD files; Lt Co l Henry G. Morgan, Planning the Defeat of Japan: A Study of Tota l Wa r Strategy, pp. 109 - 10, Ms in CMH . llHess, "Frank li n D. Rooseve lt ,1 nd Indochina," pp . 360 - 6 1; sec also Memo, Roosevelt for Under Seey of State (Ed ward R. ), 3 Nov 44, Departme nt of Stale, Foreigl1 Re/afiolls Of tile Ulli/ed States, '1944, vol. 3, The Britisll Commol1wealtll alld Ellrope (Washington, 1965), p.

4 The French also could help in rescui ng pilots shot d own over Indochina. In add itio n, it was wid ely believed that the Vietna mese-if not the Laotians and Ca mbod ians-were restive under th eir ja panese masters a nd that their services mig h t also be enlisted for vario us types of espionage and fifth-column ac ti vities. Although American commanders in China and India mad e no deliberate effort to contravene or circumvent Ame rican policy toward Indochina, that policy was sufficiently vague and am big uous to allow for a wide variety of in terpretations, and local commanders were seldom kept abreast of its latest twists and mod ifications.

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