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October 2, 1963: 1,000 Troop Withdrawal from South Vietnam

Following a morning briefing by Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Maxwell Taylor on their trip to Vietnam, the National Security Council meets to review their recommendations and to draft a statement on their report for public consumption. As in the earlier meeting, President Kennedy questions the wisdom of committing his administration publicly to an American troop withdrawal.

Date:  Oct 02, 1963
Time:  18:05 to 18:30
Participants:  John Kennedy, Robert McNamara, Maxwell Taylor, McGeorge Bundy, et al.
Conversation Number:  114/A49

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