Vietnam War Bibliography:

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The Last Stage

Situation in Indochina. Hearings of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, February 8 and March 6, 1973.
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James G. Lowenstein and Richard M. Moose, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam, April 1973. Staff Report, Subcommittee on United States Security Agreements and Commitments abroad, Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Washington: GPO, 1973. v, 47 pp. A lot of interesting information, gathered on a trip to the countries in question from March 28 to April 19, 1973. The text has been placed on-line in the Virtual Vietnam Archive of the Vietnam Project, at Texas Tech University, in two parts: pp. i-v, 1-21, and pp. 22-47.
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Fiscal Year 1974 Authorization for Military Procurement, Research and and Development, Construction Authorization for the Safeguard System, and Active Duty and Selected Reserve Strengths. Hearings before the Senate Committee on Armed Services. Part 8, Manpower, June 11-August 3, 1973, contains interesting information on "Excess Defense Articles"--surplus US weapons and equipment given to Laos and the Republic of Vietnam (pp. 5936-38), and the cost of the war to the United States, incremental and full, in fiscal years 1972-74 (pp. 5243-46).
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Mutual Development and Cooperation Act of 1973. Report of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, July 20, 1973. House Report 93-388. iv, 106 pp. Section 24, "Indochina Postwar Reconstruction," is pp. 52-57; it proposed $630.9 million economic aid for Indochina in FY 1974, of which $475 million was for Vietnam (up from an estimated $313 million in FY 1973). The text has been placed on-line in the Virtual Vietnam Archive of the Vietnam Project, at Texas Tech University, in three parts: pp. i-iv, 1-44,   pp. 45-93, and pp. 94-106.

Foreign Assistance and Related Programs, Appropriations, Fiscal Year 1974. Hearings before the Senate Appropriations Committee.
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The Treatment of Political Prisoners in South Vietnam by the Government of the Republic of South Vietnam. Hearing before the Subcommittee on Asian and Pacific Affairs, House Committee on Foreign Affairs, September 13, 1973.
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Vietnam--A Changing Crucible. Report of a study mission to South Vietnam by Rep. Peter Frelinghuysen (R-NJ), February 25-28, 1974. Report published May 1974. vii, pp. The text has been placed on-line in the Virtual Vietnam Archive of the Vietnam Project, at Texas Tech University, in three parts: pp. i-vii, 1-20,   pp. 21-46, and
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Hearings on Military Posture and H.R. 12564, part 1. Hearings before the House Armed Services Committee, February 7 to March 26, 1974. Pp. 893-932 give a hearing of March 26 on FY 1975 military assistance to South Vietnam; see in particular detailed breakdown on pp. 928-31.
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U.S. Commitment to SEATO. Hearings before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, March 6, 1974. iii, 110 pp. The main administration witness was Robert S. Ingersoll, Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia and Pacific Affairs. Other witnesses were George Kahin and Bernard K. Gordon. The text has been placed on-line in the Virtual Vietnam Archive of the Vietnam Project, at Texas Tech University, in four parts: pp. i-iv, 1-34,   pp. 35-72,   pp. 73-110, and

Our Commitments in Asia. Hearings before the Subcommittee on Asian and Pacific Affairs, House Foreign Affairs Committee, March 13 to October 2, 1974. GPO, 1974. iv, 274 pp. The text has been placed on-line in the Virtual Vietnam Archive of the Vietnam Project, at Texas Tech University, in four parts: pp. i-iv, 1-43,   pp. 44-92,   pp. 93-140, and pp. 141-187, and pp. 188-235, and pp. 236-274.

Foreign Food Assistance. Hearing before the Subcommittee on Foreign Agricultural Policy, Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry, April 4, 1974. GPO, 1974. 111 pp.
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Amendments Request for Appropriations for Foreign Assistance, Fiscal Year 1975. May 21, 1974. 2 pp. A note from President Nixon, requesting among other things that the pending request for FY 1975 Indochina postwar reconstruction assistance be amended upward from $789,000,000 to $939,800,000. The text has been placed on-line in the Virtual Vietnam Archive of the Vietnam Project, at Texas Tech University.
House Document No. 93-301

United States Aid to Indochina. July 1974. v, 29 pp. Report by House Foreign Affairs Committee staff consultants John M. Brady and John H. Sullivan, following a survey of conditions in South Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia, April-May 1974. Deals with a variety of issues, including refugees and land reform in South Vietnam. The text has been placed on-line in the Virtual Vietnam Archive of the Vietnam Project, at Texas Tech University, in two parts: pp. i-v, 1-15 and pp. 16-29.
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Vietnam: May 1974. v, A report prepared by Richard M. Moose and Charles F. Meissner, of the staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, after a study mission, May-June 1974. The text has been placed on-line in the Virtual Vietnam Archive of the Vietnam Project, at Texas Tech University, in two parts: pp. i-v, 1-15 and pp. 16-29. Also available online is Colonel William E. LeGro, Memorandum to BG Thompson, "Comments on Moose-Meissner Report", 6 January 1975.
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Political Prisoners in South Vietnam and the Philippines. Hearing before the Subcommittee on Asian and Pacific Affairs, House Committee on Foreign Affairs, May 1 and June 5, 1974. iii, 127 pp. The text has been placed on-line in the Virtual Vietnam Archive of the Vietnam Project, at Texas Tech University, in four parts: pp. i-iii, 1-29,   pp. 30-62,   pp. 63-95, and pp. 96-127.
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Report on the Situation in the Republic of Vietnam. Hearing before the Subcommittee on Asian and Pacific Affairs of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, July 31, 1974. iii, 58 pp. Ambassador Graham Martin was the only witness. The text has been placed on-line in the Virtual Vietnam Archive of the Vietnam Project, at Texas Tech University, in two parts: pp. i-iii, 1-28,   pp. 29-58.
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Fiscal Year 1975 Foreign Assistance Request. Hearings before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, June 4-July 11, 1974. viii, 983 pp.
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Foreign Assistance Authorization. Hearing before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, June 7, 21, 26, July 24, 25, 1974. Part at lease of the text has been placed on-line in the Virtual Vietnam Archive of the Vietnam Project, at Texas Tech University: Hearing of July 25, with Ambassador Graham Martin, pp. 381-429,   pp. 430-475. Martin's testimony ended on p. 441; this was followed by Martin's responses to questions submitted by senators (pp. 441-444), and appendices (pp. 445-475). The U.S. embassy's detailed response to the charges of Father Chan Tin, regarding the number of political prisoners in South Vietnam (pp. 468-476), is interesting.
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Department of Defense Appropriations for 1975, Part 1. Hearings before the Subcommittee on Department of Defense, House Appropriations Committee, January 29-March 6, 1974.
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Conference Report on Foreign Assistance Act of 1974.  December 17, 1974.  iv, 53 pp.  Full text of the act, which gave $617 million in "postwar reconstruction" aid to Indochina (of which $449.9 million was for the RVN), with explanations, and
descriptions of the House-Senate differences and how they had been reconciled.  Various limits on the amounts that could be spent in particular ways.
House Report 93-1610

Department of Defense Appropriations. Hearings before the Subcommittee on Department of Defense, House Appropriations Committee. pp. 1-126 are "Oversight of Fiscal Year 1975 Military Assistance to Vietnam," hearing of January 30, 1975 (and possibly later dates?).
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Fiscal Year 1976 and July-September 1976 Transition Period Authorization for Military Procurement, Research and Development . . ., Part 1. Hearings before the Senate Armed Services Committee, February 5, 1975. Has the proposed amount of military aid for South Vietnam on p. 166, and quite a lot of information about both U.S. and Sino-Soviet aid to the two sides of the war, and other issues, on pp. 339-360.
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Leo Ryan, Vietnam and Korea: Human Rights and U.S. Assistance. A study mission report of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, February 9, 1975. vi, 15 pp. Rep. Ryan (D-CA) was in South Vietnam December 26-31, 1974. He had mixed comments on Thieu's human rights record; he said the worst criticismas were "overblown." He said that "at least 90 percent of the populace of the South is strongly anti-Communist." The text has been placed on-line in the Virtual Vietnam Archive of the Vietnam Project at Texas Tech University, in two parts: pp. i-v, 1-6 and pp. 7-15.

Vietnam Aid--The Painful Options. Report of Senator Sam Nunn to Senate Armed Services Committee, February 12, 1975. vi, 18 pp. The text has been placed on-line in the Virtual Vietnam Archive of the Vietnam Project, at Texas Tech University.
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Hearings on Military Posture and H.R. 3689 (H.R. 6674), Part 1. Hearings before the House Armed Services Committee, February 18-May 6, 1975. ii, 1908, xii, xi pp.  Includes comparison of US with Sino-Soviet aid for Vietnam on pp. 147-149. Also details on U.S. personnel still working in South Vietnam (p. 196).
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Supplemental Assistance to Cambodia. Hearings before the Subcommittee on Foreign Assistance and Economic Policy, Senate Foreign Relations Committee, February 24, March 6, 1975. iv, 205 pp. There was testimony by members of the House of Representatives who had recently visited Indochina, including dove Bella Abzug (pp. 49-54) and hawk William Chappell (D-FL) who predicted (pp. 60-61) a "bloodbath" if the Khmer Rouge won. Also (pp. 79-136) testimony of doves such as George Kahin, Tom Hayden, and D. Gareth Porter opposing further U.S. support of Lon Nol's government. Some of this testimony appears naive in retrospect, but it was far from an endorsement of the Khmer Rouge as reliably nice people. Hayden, for example, did not promise that there would be no killing when the Khmer Rouge took over, or even no bloodbath; what he said was that if the Lon Nol government could be persuaded to give up its efforts to hold onto power, "there will be less possibility of a bloodbath" (p. 116).
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Department of Defense Appropriations for 1976, Part 1. Hearings before the Subcommittee on Department of Defense, House Appropriations Committee, February 26-March 20, April 10, 1975. 697, vii pp. Includes discussion of a request for supplemental appropriations for Vietnam for FY 1975, of the situation in Vietnam, etc. See in particular a report by Rep. Paul McCloskey on US and Sino-Soviet aid to Vietnam, etc., beginning on p. 626, and testimony by D. Gareth Porter and Guy Gran.
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Paul N. McCloskey, Jr. (Calif.), "Report, Vietnam Factfinding Trip, February 24 to March 3, 1975--The North Vietnam-South Vietnam Confrontation"
Congressional Record, March 14, 1975, pp. 6775-79.

Indochina Evacuation and Refugee Problems. Hearings of the Subcommittee on Refugees and Escapees, Senate Committee on the Judiciary. Part of this has been placed on-line in the Virtual Vietnam Archive of the Vietnam Project, at Texas Tech University.
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The Vietnam-Cambodia Emergency, 1975. Hearings before the House Committee on International Relations. Note the the hearings were published in a somewhat scrambled order. Part of the text has been placed on-line in the Virtual Vietnam Archive of the Vietnam Project, at Texas Tech University.

Supplemental Assistance for Cambodia. Report from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, March 21, 1975 26 pp. Recommends passage of S. 663, which provides some additional military aid to Cambodia for FY 1975, beyond that previously appropriated, but says all military aid will be cut off June 30. Discusses danger of a Khmer Rouge bloodbath. The text has been placed on-line in the Virtual Vietnam Archive of the Vietnam Project, at Texas Tech University.
Senate Report no. 94-54

Emergency Military Assistance and Economic and Humanitarian Aid to South Vietnam, Fiscal Year 1975. Hearings before the Senate Appropriations Committee, April 15, 16, 1975. 73 pp. Published version is just the hearing of April 15 with Henry Kissinger; the transcript of General Fred C. Weyand's testimony April 16 was classified.
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Vietnam Humanitarian Assistance and Evacuation Act of 1975. Report of the House Committee on International Relations to accompany H.R. 6096, together with dissenting, minority, and additional views. House Report No. 94-155. April 18, 1975. 25 pp.

Conference Report on H.R. 6096: Vietnam Humanitarian Assistance and Evacuation Act of 1975. Report of the House Committee on International Relations to accompany H.R. 6096, together with dissenting, minority, and additional views. House Report No. 94-176. April 28, 1975. iii, 11 pp.

Emergency Supplemental Appropriations for Assistance to the Republic of South Vietnam for Fiscal Year 1975. Hearings of April 21, 1975 before subcommittees of the House Appropriations Committee. iii, 46 pp. General Fred C. Weyand and Erich von Marbod: pp. 1-28. Henry Kissinger: pp. 28-46. The text has been placed on-line in the Virtual Vietnam Archive of the Vietnam Project, at Texas Tech University.

War powers: a test of compliance relative to the Danang sealift, the evacuation of Phnom Penh, the evacuation of Saigon, and the Mayaguez incident. Hearings before the Subcommittee on International Security and Scientific Affairs of the Committee on International Relations, House of Representatives, Ninety-fourth Congress, first session, May 7 and June 4, 1975. Washington: GPO, 1975. vii, 136 p. The text has been placed on-line in the Virtual Vietnam Archive of the Vietnam Project, at Texas Tech University, in four parts: pp. i-vii, 1-28,   pp. 29-63,   pp. 64-98, and pp. 99-136.
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The War Powers Resolution: Relevant Documents, Correspondence, Reports. Prepared for the Subcommittee on International Security and Scientific Affairs, House committee on International Relations, 1975. vii, 42 pp. The text has been placed on-line in the Virtual Vietnam Archive of the Vietnam Project, at Texas Tech University. The January 1976 edition, somewhat expanded, vii, 46 pp., has been placed on-line in two parts: Front matter and pp. 1-41, pp. 42-46 (includes President Ford's reports to the Congress, under the War Powers Resolution, on his use of U.S. forces in the evacuation of Saigon and the Mayaguez affair, not found in the 1975 edition).

Seizure of the Mayaguez. Hearings of the House Committee on International Relations and its Subcommittee on International Political and Military Affairs. Part or all of this has been placed online in the Virtual Vietnam Archive of the Vietnam Project, at Texas Tech University:

U.S. Aid to North Vietnam. Hearing before the Subcommittee on Asian and Pacific Affairs, House Committee on International Relations, July 19, 1977, on the question of what promises of US aid had been made to the DRV at the time of the Paris Peace Agreement of 1973.
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