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Ngo Dinh Luyen First. Mr. Luyen, the first question is the issue of why Bao Dai chose your brother and how he chose him. Yes, to answer, policy, (because France desired assimilation), started out with very liberal ideas, if you like, right, eh? But that resulted in this, which is that in no country dominated, protected, or colonized by France were, wish, of what the Americans thought was indispensable. And it was this, I think, this was the [incomprehensible] of success, as much because one mis-estimated the importance, one ignored
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Brother of Ngo Dinh Diem, Ngo Dinh Luyen was appointed ambassador to the United Kingdom. Ngo Dinh Luyen recounts why Bao Dai chose Ngo Dinh Diem to be the first president of South Vietnam. Ngo Dinh Luyen describes the panic in South Vietnam around August 1954 due to the advancing Communist forces... more
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01/31/1979
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Vietnam: A Television History / America's Mandarin (1954 - 1963)
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` SR 2072 NGO THI HIEN Beep tone Roll 72 of Vietnam Project, March 3, 1981. Interview with Ngo Thi Hien, 80, Cam Ne. 540, Take 1 Clapstick I’d like the lady to tell me what life was like in the village immediately before August 1965 and what activities were going on in the village, was, was the resistance here or what? You speak to her. Tell her to look just at me. Please tell us what life was like in the village before 1965. 541 TAKE 1 Clapstick Please tell us what life
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Ngo Thi Hien, a villager, recalls life in her village prior to 1965. Ngo Thi Hien talks about the day that the Americans arrived in her village; they burnt down all the houses and lined people up to shoot them, including all nine members of Ngo Thi Hien’s family. Ngo Thi Hien recalls having to live in the bushes and create shelter from leaves after the Americans left.
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03/03/1981
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Vietnam: A Television History / America’s Enemy (1954 - 1967)
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NGO THI TAN SR #2063 Interview with Ngo Thi Tan, woman who gave birth in Tunnel. Are we ready? How-- What was it like, ask her what was it like to live in the tunnels here? What was life like in the tunnel? It was because the Americans bombed our village that I had to live in the tunnel and gave birth to my son there. How long did they have to live here? How long did you live down there? I lived down there for two months continuously to give birth to my
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After the Americans bombed her village Ngo Thi Tan lived in a tunnel for two months, where she gave birth to her son. She talks about daily life in the tunnel, that there was no food or clothes and very little water, and that she would occasionally try to sneak out to gather food and firewood in order to feed her children.
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02/26/1981
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Vietnam: A Television History / America’s Enemy (1954 - 1967)
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Vietnam. Nguyen Muoi/rm. SR #20. Tape 2, Side 1. Speed. Rolling, mark it. Slate 65 (clapper) Ah, what was life like in the refugee camp in Thailand where you were filmed by Drew? I was in Thailand for almost a year and the life is there depend on people. If you are rich, you get money with you that you can live a little bit more comfortable than others. Sorry, it’s, the life in America is like a machine. It goes by like the clock. At this time you do this, at that time you do that and so forth so I am not surprised at all. But my wife and my children are very surprised. When they first see the snow when they get off the plane
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Muoi Van Nguyen was a former Vietnamese army officer and a refugee in Thailand who in the late 1970’s was able to move to the United States. He describes the conditions in the refugee camp—plenty of food but danger presented by surrounding villagers—and compares life as an army officer in Vietnam to his life in America. He talks about his jobs in America but hopes to return to his home country.
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07/20/1983
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Vietnam: A Television History / Legacies
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SR 5 Beep tone Interview with Lt. Ngo Minh Khoi Beep tone Vietnam Project, Roll 5 Clapstick Please tell us your name and when you entered the army. My name is Ngo Minh Khoi. I entered the army in 1964, in July. Ah... in the year... ah... Before I lost my country I was a second lieutenant of the paratroop forces, of American troops was a mistake. The second question is what you thought of the administration of President Nguyen Van
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Ngo Minh Khoi was a second lieutenant of the paratroop forces. In 1968 he was stationed in Sa-dec and recalls the Tet Offensive and his participation against the communist forces in the area of Tan Son Nhut. Lt. Ngo Minh Khoi contends that the Communists lost that battle and many of them were killed in the surrounding mines. He talks at length of the casualties that occurred and the weapons and other war materials he managed to capture from the Communists... more
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07/26/1981
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SR 2097 MADAME NGO BA THANH Beep tone Roll 97 of Vietnam Project Interview with Madame Ngo Ba Thanh. 701 Take 1 Clapstick Could you tell me, please, peace for good. And we would like your idea on this." And I said that, "Well, my idea, you know, because we were discussing on and on for years, the more you go with the military... uh... solution, future, is committed as well as the honor of America. And the others were telling this... Thompson was telling me something which... I was smiling at the time... He was telling me that "You know
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Ngo Ba Thanh was a consultant in international comparative law who spent years in jail in South Vietnam for her pro-Viet Cong views. She describes going to meetings at the British Ambassador’s residence as president of the International Women Association. The only Vietnamese woman attending these diplomatic dinners, she talks of diplomats, dignitaries and military officials being impressed by her forthright views on politics and the war... more
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03/15/1981
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SR 2090 NGUYEN THI NGO 657, Take 1 Clapstick Interview with Nguyen Thi Ngo, village woman, 55. What were Diem's policies like? Diem was extremely brutal in his policies. He rounded the people up and relocated them. He expropriated and usurped our land. His scheme was to attack the people and press their heads down. And he wanted our people, . SR 2091 Beep tone Roll 91 of Vietnam project 660, Clapstick Interview with Nguyen Thi Ngo continues. What did you do that day when you heard the gunfire
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Nguyen Thi Ngo describes political and economic repression under the Ngo Dinh Diem regime. She recalls in the women of her village helping Viet Cong soldiers with food and first aid during the Battle of Ap Bac.
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03/12/1981
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SR 2087 NGUYEN THI SINH Beep tone Roll 87 of Vietnam Project. 635 TAKE 1 Clapstick Interview with Nguyen Thi Sinh, 50. Please tell us of the 1960 protests in which you demanded the return of your husband and children. And the reaction of the soldiers to your protests. In January 1960 there was an order for a general uprising. At night we sounded the drums and the gongs. During the day the women whose husbands and children were then forced to do corvée labor for the construction of the agroville went to the military post and demanded
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Nguyen Thi Sinh describes the women of her village protesting against the forced labor of their husbands in Ngo Dinh Diem’s agroville or “Strategic Hamlet” program. She recalls being arrested and beaten as a result of the protest. Finally, she describes her attitude toward the Diem regime and the National Liberation Front.
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03/11/1981
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SR 2086 NGUYEN THI CHIEM 2nd Slate 631 Take 1 Clapstick. Interview with Nguyen Thi Chiem. What was the protest like? And in 1966 when your house, husband I had to put up with all this just because he had gone to fetch a midwife for me, my outrage increased. If my children survived and grew up, they would certainly have been arrested and tortured. Ngo Dinh Diem would, putting themselves under enslavement. You did not know when you would get killed. Ngo Dinh Diem announced at the time that the life and death of the people were in his hands. Therefore, everybody was really afraid to live
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Nguyen Thi Chiem was a South Vietnamese villager whose husband and children were killed at various points during the Vietnam War. She describes the many hardships people faced under the rule of Ngo Dinh Diem, and the deaths of her family members “by American bombs and shells.” She notes that it was because of Diem’s repressive policies that villagers supported the revolution.
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03/11/1981
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SR 2034 NGUYEN THI DINH 311, take 1 interview with Nguyen Thi Dinh Clapstick Could you tell us your first understanding at the sight of the landlords, . SR 2035 Beep tone Roll 35 of Vietnam Project Interview with Nguyen Thi Dinh, former Deputy Supreme Commander of the NLF, continues. 312 Take 1 Clapstick Could, of Vietnam Project Nguyen Thi Dinh 316 Take 1 Clapstick Could you tell us about the first time you engaged in smuggling arms
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Nguyen Thi Dinh was a Deputy Supreme Commander of the National Liberation Front. Following the war, Madame Dinh served on the Central Committee of the Vietnamese Communist Party and became the first female Major General of the Vietnam People’s Army. She describes in detail her activities against the French, and her subsequent arrest and torture. She then details the repressions suffered under Ngo Dinh Diem, the Tet Offensive, the Phoenix Program, and the fall of Saigon.
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02/16/1981
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