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Situation in South Vietnam : information as of 15:00 hours, 1 Nov 63
Date of Creation:
November 1, 1963
Date of Declassification:
March 8, 1985
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Pagination, Illustration:
5 p., 1 map
This Memo provides a summary of the situation in Saigon at the start of the 1 November 1963 military coup to overthrow Ngo Dinh Diem government: as of 3:00 AM Saigon time (14:00 EST, Friday in Washington), Gia Long Palace, the redoubt of President Diem and Ngo Dinh Nhu, was under heavy attack; General "Big" Minh was the coup leader; Vice President Nguyen Ngoc Tho was selected by the "Generals' Council" to be Prime Minister of a provisional government which would include generals Tran Van Don, Ton That Dinh, Tran Tu Oai and Tran Van "Little" Minh as ministers of Defense, Interior, Information and Youth respectively; coup forces were augmented by arrival of two infantry battalions of the 7th Infantry Division from My Tho; the coup leaders have declared martial law, applied a curfew, and announced that the students and monks detained by Diem regime have been relased; no discernible reaction on the part of the Viet Cong.
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