Vietnam War Bibliography:

Government Publications

U.S. government publications have a call number system called SuDoc numbers, set by the government, very useful for interlibrary loans, which I have given as a separate line at the end of most entries.

Miscellaneous

County Agents in Vietnam. Washington: Department of Agriculture, 1969. 16 pp.
A 1.68:896

Statistical Abstract of the United States. Washington: Department of Commerce, annual. Each year's volume contains statistical data on a wide range of issues for the most recent available year, and on many issues for earlier years. The volumes published during the war are valuable resources for budgets, military manpower levels, casualties, etc.
C 3.134:

Judith Banister, The Population of Vietnam. International Population Reports, Series P-95, No. 77. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, 1985. iii, 43 pp. The text has been placed on-line in the Virtual Vietnam Archive of the Vietnam Project, at Texas Tech University, in three parts: front matter and pp. 1-7,   pp. 8-19,   pp. 20-43.

Need to strengthen control over incoming United States AID cargoes in Vietnam.  Washington: General Accounting Office, 1968.  41 pp.
GA 1.5/A-2:B-159451

Comptroller General of the United States, Second Review of Phasedown of United States Military Activities in Vietnam. Washington, D.C.: General Accounting Office, 1971. B171579. 40 pp. A lot of this is about the disposal of the equipment of U.S. military organizations that are withdrawing from Vietnam. The text has been placed on-line in the Virtual Vietnam Archive of the Vietnam Project, at Texas Tech University:

Comptroller General of the United States, Suggestions for Changes in U.S. Funding and Management of Pacification and Development Programs in Vietam. Washington, D.C.: General Accounting Office, 1972. B159451. 70 pp. Recommends tighter controls over spending on the pacification program. The text, and a handwritten note from Robert Komer to William Colby describing the report as a "monstrosity," have been placed on-line in the Virtual Vietnam Archive of the Vietnam Project, at Texas Tech University, in two parts: handwritten note, front matter, and pp. 1-43; pp. 44-70.

Logistics Aspects of Vietnamization, 1969-1972.
GA 1.13:V 67/10

Comptroller General of the United States, Drug Abuse Control Activities Affecting Military Personnel. General Accounting Office, August 11, 1972. 54 pp.
GA 1.13:D 84/6

Comptroller General of the United States, Drug Abuse Control Program Activities in Vietnam. General Accounting Office, August 11, 1972. 48 pp. This is Enclosure B to the preceding item.
GA 1.13:D 84/6/enc.B

William Cunliffe, Timothy Duskin, and David H. Wallace, Captured North Vietnamese Documents of the Combined Document Exploitation Center: A Special List of CDEC Documents in Record Group 472. Special List 60. Washington: National Archives and Records Administration, 1993. 9 pp., accompanied by six microfiche. The CDEC was established in 1966 as the main repository of captured enemy documents in Vietnam. The National Archives has, in Record Group 472, a large microfilmed collection--41 reels of CDEC Intelligence Bulletins, and 913 reels of documents (mostly captured documents, usually accompanied by English translations or summaries, but also some material of other sorts, such as prisoner interrogations). This pamphlet and the associated microfiche contain a description and index of the microfilmed CDEC collection.
        (At least thousandss, and I think by now probably tens of thousands, of the captured documents, document summaries, and prisoner interrogation reports in the CDEC collection have been placed on-line in the Virtual Vietnam Archive of the Vietnam Project, at Texas Tech University; for direct links to a few of these see The Combined Document Exploitation Center.)

South Vietnam: Official Standard Names Gazetteer. Washington, DC: United States Board on Geographic Names/Department of the Interior, 1971. viii, 337 pp. Prepared in the Geographic Names Division, U.S. Army Topographic Command. Lists place names in South Vietnam, with latitude and longitude. The text has been placed on-line in the Virtual Vietnam Archive of the Vietnam Project, at Texas Tech University, in eight parts: front matter and pp. 1-38 (A - Ap Thuy Thuan),   pp. 39-88 (Ap Thuy Trung - Cai Nuoc),   pp. 89-138 (Cai Nuoc - Go Kau),   pp. 139-188 (Go Kho - Me, Da),   pp. 189-238 (Me, Dak - Priegne, Ea),   pp. 239-288 (Prieh - Trai Bi),   pp. 289-327 (Trai Bi - Zouei) and pp. 328-337 (South China Sea Gazetteer: Adasier - Zappe), and back cover.
JU 10.2:V 67

Biographies of Cambodian Personalities. JPRS no. 8522, June 29, 1961. 86 pp.
Y 3.J 66:13/8522

Montagnard Tribes of South Vietnam. JPRS 13443. April 13, 1962.
Y 3.J 66:13/13443

Franklin D. Jones, M.D., et al., eds., Textbook of Military Medicine, Part I, Warfare, Weaponry, and the Casualty: Military Psychiatry. Washington, D.C.: Office of the Surgeon General, 1995. xv, 508 pp.

Coleen A. Boyle, et. al., Postservice Mortality among Vietnam Veterans. Atlanta: Centers for Disease Control, Center for Environmental Health, 1987. v, 119 pp.
HE 20.7502:V 67/2

Dennis K. Rhoades, et. al., eds., The Legacies of Vietnam Veterans and their Families: Survivors of War, Catylysts for Changes: Papers from the 1994 National Symposium. Washington: Agent Orange Class Assistance Program and GPO, 1995. xxi, 496 pp. Issues include Agent Orange, PTSD, etc.

Charles E. Schamel, Records Relating to American Prisoners of War and Missing in Action from the Vietnam War (Reference Information Paper 90). Washington: National Archives and Records Administration, 1996. vi, 127 pp.
AE 1.124:90

The Vietnamese Peasant: His Value System. R-138-65. Research and Reference Service, United States Information Agency, October 1965. i, 9 pp. The text has been placed online at the Virtual Vietnam Archive of the Vietnam Project, at Texas Tech University.

Lee N. Robins, The Vietnam Drug User Returns: Final Report, September 1973. Washington, D.C.: Special Action Office for Drug Abuse Prevention, 1974. xi,

 

The Selective Service System

Annual Report of the Director of Selective Service for the Fiscal Year 1967. This was the last year for which the report was published on an annual basis; from 1968 onward it was semi-annual. Also, the 1967 annual report was the last that gave figures for inductions by months.
Y 3.Se 4:1/967

A Summary of Disqualifying Defects for Appointment, Enlistment and Induction. Washington, D.C.: National Headquarters, Selective Service System, April 1, 1967. iv, 23 pp.
Y 3.Se 4:2D 36

Lt. Gen. Lewis B. Hershey, Legal Aspects of Selective Service (cover has subtitle Revised January 1, 1969).  Washington, D.C.: GPO, 1969.  vi, 90 pp.
Y 3.Se 4:2L 52/969

Lottery. Washington: GPO, 1970. A seven-page pamphlet without page numbers.
Y 3.Se 4:2L 91

The Lottery and Class 1-H. Washington, D.C.: GPO, 1972. 16 pp.
Y 3.Se 4:25

Semiannual Report of the Director of Selective Service, January 1, 1973-June 30, 1973. The last semiannual report in which there were inductions to report.
Y 3.Se 4:1/973

The Selective Service System has a History/Records Web Page that includes historical data on the draft during the Vietnam War, including results of the birthday lottery drawings.

Congressional Committee Documentation on the Draft

Private sector publications on the Draft

Office of the Surgeon General

Anthony Ballard, et al., Surgery in Vietnam: Orthopedic Surgery. Washington, D.C.: Office of the Surgeon General and Center of Military History, 1994. xvi, 222 pp.

Internal Medicine in Vietnam


The Central Intelligence Agency

Estimative Products on Vietnam, 1948-1975. Washington, DC: National Intelligence Council and Government Printing Office, 2005. xxxix, 660 pp. This collection of 38 documents (some sanitized), mostly National Intelligence Estimates and Special National Intelligence Estimates, produced by the Office of National Estimates, is accompanied by a CD containing the texts of a much larger collection, 174 documents in all. All 174 texts have also been placed online.

Air America: Upholding the Armen's Bond. 64 pp. The pamphlet is accompanied by a large collection of declassified documents dated between 1952 and 1976 (most between 1964 and 1975). Can be read on a CIA web site, or purchased (with the documents on a DVD) from the Government Printing Office.

Thomas L. Ahern, Jr., after retiring from the CIA's Operations Directorate, went to work for the agency as a contract historian, writing a series of classified histories of CIA activities during the Second Indochina War. These have been declassified (more or less sanitized) as a result of Freedom of Information Act requests filed by historian John Prados, and placed online by the National Security Archive at George Washington University.

Alfred T. Cox, Civil Air Transport (CAT): A Proprietry Airline, 1946 - 1955. Clandestine Services Historical Paper no. 87. 4 vols. Originally published, classified Secret, in 1969. Sanitized copies have been placed online by the CIA.

Harold P. Ford, CIA and the Vietnam Policymakers: Three Episodes, 1962-1968. Langley: Center for the Study of Intelligence, 1998. x, 167 pp. This carefully footnoted study is extremely valuable. Ford, a senior CIA analyst, was involved in some of the disputes he describes. The complete text is now available on the Internet, at the web site of the CIA's Center for the Study of Intelligence.

Robert M. Hathaway and Russell Jack Smith, Richard Helms as Director of Central Intelligence, 1966-1973. Center for the Study of Intelligence, 1993. ix, 223 pp. A sanitized version was released in 2006 and is available through the CIA FOIA page.

Woodrow J. Kuhns, ed., Assessing the Soviet Threat: The Early Cold War Years. Langley: Center for the Study of Intelligence, 1997. 466 pp. Photocopies (sometimes slightly redacted) of CIA intelligence summaries, dated June 1946 to November 1950. Includes some assessments on Vietnam and neighboring areas.

NIS Gazetteer: North Vietnam. Washington, DC: Central Intelligence Agency, 1964. v, 311 pp. Lists place names in North Vietnam, with latitude and longitude. The text has been placed on-line in the Virtual Vietnam Archive of the Vietnam Project at Texas Tech University, in seven parts: front matter and pp. 1-40 (A - Ban Suoi Say),   pp. 41-90 (Ban Suoi Tham - Dong Tac),   pp. 91-140 (Dong Tae - Lang Bui),   pp. 141-190 (Lang Bui - Nam Co),   pp. 191-240 (Nam Coi - Sam Dao),   pp. 241-290 (Sam Dinh - Vo Liet), and pp. 291-311 (Von Coc - Zuong Maa).

Gregory W. Pedlow and Donald E. Welzenbach, The CIA and the U-2 Program, 1954-1974. Langley: Center for the Study of Intelligence, 1998. Originally a classified publication, and large sections have been censored out of the version that has been released to the public. But the released version contains in Chapter 5 a moderate amount of information on U-2 operations in Asia (beginning on page 215) and Indochina in particular (beginning on page 221). The released portion of the text is now available on the Internet, at the web site of the CIA's Center for the Study of Intelligence.

L. Britt Snider, The Agency and the Hill: CIA's Relationship with Congress, 1946-2004. Washington, D.C.: Center for the Study of Intelligence, CIA, 2008. xvi, 389 pp. Contains very little about Indochina.

Declassified National Intelligence Estimates on the Soviet Union and International Communism, 1946-1984. This does not give the actual texts of the National Intelligence Estimates and Special National Intelligence Estimates; it is simply a list, giving the title, NIE or SNIE number, and date of the NIEs and SNIEs that have been declassified in whole or in part, and stating how many pages have been wholly or partially declassified. There is a moderate amount of Vietnam-related material. This list is now available on the Internet, at the web site of the CIA's Electronic Reading Room. This list was originally released in 1996; it is not clear whether the version now on the web site has been updated since then. The web site gives the address from which you can order, by mail, photocopies of the actual texts of the NIEs and SNIEs.

Vietnamese Intentions, Capabilities, and Performance Concerning the POW/MIA Issue. National Intelligence Estimate 98-03, April 1998, sanitized text declassified 7/19/2000. 42 pp., effectively reduced to 31 pp. by the sanitization process. Text available on-line through the CIA's Electronic Reading Room.

Donald Mancuso, Deputy Inspector General, Department of Defense, and L. Britt Snider, Inspector General, Central Intelligence Agency, A Review of the 1998 National Intelligence Estimate on POW/MIA Issues and the Charges Levied by A Critical Assessment of the Estimate (1999-5974-IG) (00-OIR-04). Department of Defense and Central Intelligence Agency joint report, February 29, 2000, approved for release January 2001. xiv, 124 pp., plus 39 pages of annexes. This is a response to A Critical Assessment, issued by Senator Robert C. Smith in November 1998, which had criticized NIE 98-03 of May 1998 (see immediately above. Text available on-line through the CIA's Electronic Reading Room.

Studies in Intelligence. Journal published by the CIA's Center for the Study of Intelligence. Some articles are classified and some unclassified. Since the 1990s, unclassified articles have been gathered together in whole unclassified issues of this journal. The unclassified issues, and all or most of the unclassified articles from other issues since 1994, are available online. For links, go to the Studies in Intelligence web page. Some much older unclassified or declassified articles are also online. There are lists of unclassified and declassified articles, sorted by author and title, without links. Once you have an author or title from one of these, you may be able to get to an actual text online by going through the search engine that starts from the search box at the upper right corner of the main Center for the Study of Intelligence web page. Potentially interesting unclassifed or declassified articles include:

Studies in Intelligence Index, 1955-1992. Subject and author index to articles in the CIA internal journal that either were never classifed, or have been declassified. This printed version of the index is a little different from the version that is available over the Internet, mentioned above. Each index seems to contain some information not found in the other.
PREX 3.10

 

Many declassified CIA documents have been published on microfilm. See
Microfilmed and CD-ROM Document Collections.

The CIA has begun putting the texts of declassified documents, some complete, others sanitized in various ways, on a CIA web site. There are some there containing interesting information, particularly about Soviet aid to the DRV during the war. See
CIA Electronic Document Release Center

See also The Central Intelligence Agency

See also CIA Documents

See also Air America and Civil Air Transport

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Copyright © 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, Edwin E. Moise. This document may be reproduced only by permission. Revised November 19, 2013. Opinions expressed in this bibliography are my own. They could hardly be the opinions of Clemson University, since Clemson University does not have opinions on the matters in question.