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07-21-2006, 11:01 AM
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Just one of those interesring little tidbits I came across while playing on the NARA website.

07-21-2006, 11:13 AM
Hanoi February 26. 1946

President Hochiminh Vietnam Democratic Republic Hanoi
To the President of the United States of America Washington DC

On behalf of Vietnam government and people I beg to inform you that in course with conversations between Vietnam government and French representatives the latter require the succession of Cochinchina and the return of French troops in Hanoi STOP meanwhile French population and troops are making active preparations for a coup de main in Hanoi and for military aggression STOP I therefore earnestly appeal to you personally and to the American people to interfere urgently in support of our independence and help making the negotiations more in keeping with the principles of the Atlantic and San Francisco charters



This is what it says since the image is rather small.

07-21-2006, 12:02 PM
Thank you for transcribing that...

Interesting. The constant myth in American political circles is that Kennedy and the Democrats got us into Vietnam. Actually, FDR involved in Vietnam as he sent OSS operatives to aid anti-Japanese guerrilla forces. It became a long and complicated as those groups, like Ho Chi Minh's, wanted freedom from France as well. Not one of America's finest hours...

07-22-2006, 02:21 AM
I didn't realize how small it was going to be when I first posted it. On my computer it is full size.