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Interview With Carleton Swift [electronic resource]

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Carleton Swift, a CIA employee, replaced Archimedes Patti as head of the O.S.S. mission in Hanoi. Swift recounts why he got involved with Indochina and his experiences after he took the mission over from Patti. Swift recalls his impressions of Ho Chi Minh describing him as a slight man and Swift admits to not understanding how Ho Chi Minh gained so much power. Swift discusses the way the Americans dealt with the North Vietnamese and the friendships that developed.
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1983
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Interview With J. Vinton (Vint) Lawrence, 1981 [electronic resource]

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A former United States CIA paramilitary officer, Vinton J. Lawrence was stationed in Laos from 1962 to 1966. Lawrence recalls arriving in Vientiane. After the Geneva Convention only two CIA agents were allowed to stay in-country, Lawrence and Tony Poe. Together Lawrence and Poe set up base in Long Cheng and began to work closely with Vang Pao. Lawrence contends that Vang Pao was not a creation of the CIA but rather a trained soldier who had completed officer's school. Lawrence recalls his impression of Vang Pao as a dynamic man and a natural leader. Lawrence also talks about the evolution of Long Cheng from a bucolic place to a overpopulated shanty town. Lawrence recalls his feelings about his time in Laos and his sorrow as to what has happened to its people, who he believes have gon [...]
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1983