He said he would welcome a million American soldiers to come in
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posted by elgilito (23 comments total)
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On July 17, 1945, the OSS Deer Team, led by Major A. K. Thomas, was parachuted in the jungle 200 km north of Hanoi, to make contact with a mysterious group of resistance fighters willing to help the US against the Japanese. They were greeted cordially by the group leader, "Mr C. M. Hoo", a sick-looking older man, and his acolyte "Mr Van", a dapper man wearing a white linen suit and a black fedora
(and he did like his fedora
). From mid-July to the Japanese capitulation, the Deer Team trained Hoo's ragtag band
, provided them with explosives and small arms and followed them during skirmishes. They also allegedly saved Ho(o)'s life
. Major Thomas' full report on the Deer Mission
(including the FPP title
and the line Forget the Communist Bogy
) is buried in the 1972 Hearings on the causes of the Vietnam war
(see also the same events according to Henri Prunier
, last surviving member of the Deer Team).
On September 2, Major Thomas' friend of the forest
, born Nguyễn Sinh Cung, AKA Nguyên Aï Quoc, AKA OSS Agent 19 "Lucius", AKA Hồ Chí Minh was standing on a platform in the Ba Đình flower garden in Hanoi, proclaiming Vietnam's independence in front of a large crowd. "Mr Van" AKA Võ Nguyên Giáp
was there, obviously, as were OSS operatives, notably the head of the Hanoi mission Major Archimede L. A. Patti
, who later wrote a detailed memoir of these events, Why Vietnam?
Hồ started his speech with "All men are created equal. They are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights; among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness..."
. The OSS Mission in Hanoi was disbanded in October 1945.