Interview with L. Dean Brown, 1981
L. Dean Brown retired from a 29-year career with the State Department in 1975. Specializing in the Middle East, he had served in Jordan and Cyprus. Two weeks after he retired, Secretary of State Henry Kissinger recalled him to organize the evacuation of Saigon. Here Brown describes the logistics of organizing the evacuation, raising Congressional funds, and the decision to evacuate thousands of Vietnamese, in addition to Americans. Brown downplays the panic portrayed by the media, recalling the events of April 1975 as relatively orderly. He describes empty helicopters leaving Vietnam in the early days of the evacuation because Ambassador Martin, optimistic about a political resolution, failed to organize evacuees. Finally, he praises Gerald Fords leadership skills and his ability to show compassion toward, and prepare Americans for, the flood of refugees now arriving from Vietnam.
Preparing for the American evacuation of Saigon
Snd. Roll 443
Amb. Dean Brown
This is a head of SR 443 to go with the head of camera roll number 2424 for WGBH the Vietnam Project, TVP 013, the Final Days. And, at the head of this role there are several seconds of reference tone recorded at minus 8 d.b. at a thousand hertz on a Nagra three using an internal crystal operating at sixty hertz to go with a camera speed of twenty four frames per second, and this is being recorded at seven and a half inches per second. Again, this a head of SR 443 to go with camera roll number. 2424 and coming up is an interview with Ambassador Dean Brown in Washington, DC, October 22, 1981.
Turning. Slate one. Clap sticks.
Mark that please. Thank you.
Panic in the final days before the total collapse of the South
Gerald Ford's task
Turning. Marker. Slate seven. Clap sticks.
Turning. Mark it. Slate eight. Clapsticks.