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Robert Kennedy on a Possible Coup in South Vietnam

Robert Kennedy cautions against supporting a coup against South Vietnamese leader Ngo Dinh Diem.

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President John F. Kennedy, thirty-fifth President of the United States, 1961-1963.

Biographical sketch from American President.

Newspaper Article Robert F. Kennedy was United States Attorney General, 1961-1964.

Biographical sketch from

Audio Robert McNamara was Secretary of Defense, 1961-1968.

Biographical sketch from the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

JFK Daily Diary, October 29, 1963.
Newspaper ArticleMeeting Tape, John F. Kennedy Library and Museum. Raw audio file available at the Miller Center's Presidential Recordings.

"Telegram from the Ambassador in Vietnam (Lodge) to the Department of State," October 29, 1963 Source: U.S. Department of State, Office of the Historian.

Oral History from a U.S. Navy Nurse in Saigon during November 1963 coup against the South Vietnamese government. Source: Department of the Navy, Naval Historical Center.

CIA memo, "The Situation in South Vietnam," November 2, 1963 Source: National Security Archive.