By Topic

Included here:

1. POWs

2. Viet Cong

3. North Vietnam


1. POWs

Jensen-Stevenson, Monika, and William H. Stevenson. Kiss the Boys Goodbye: How the United States Betrayed Its Own POWs in Vietnam. NewYork: Penguin, 1990.

Sauter, Mark, and David Sanders. The Men We Left Behind: The Abandonment and Betrayal of America's POWs After the Vietnam War. Washington, DC: National Press Books, 1993.

Tilford, Earl H. [CAPT/USAF] Search and Rescue in Southeast Asia. Maxwell AFB, Montgomery, AL: Center for Air Force History, 1992.

Gargus, The Son Tay Raid (2007), 410/fn49, says this work "remains the only authoritative text on the enormous SAR efforts conducted during the war."

U. S. Congress. Senate. Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs. POW/MIAs, Report of the Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs, January 13, 1993. Senate Report 103-1. 103d Cong., 1st sess.Washington, DC: GPO, 1993.

Report of the committee chaired by Sen. John F. Kerry.

Veith, George J. Code-Name Bright Light: The Untold Story of U.S. POW Rescue Efforts During the Vietnam War. New York: Free Press, 1998. New York: Dell Publishing, 1998. [pb]

Herrington,, 12 Aug. 2001 (originally published in Vietnam magazine), notes that this "book is primarily the story of ... the Joint Personnel Recovery Center (JPRC). Veith reconstructs the supersecret JPRC's efforts, using declassified documents and interviews with its members, and readers learn much of what went on behind the scenes as dedicated American military personnel tried in vain to locate and liberate missing comrades." The book's "major flaw" is that the author "err[s] on the side of completeness," but "[m]uch of the information that has found its way into print is probably deeply flawed."

2. Viet Cong

Air Force Times. Editors. "Gathering Intelligence Thwarts Viet Cong Plans." 25 Nov. 1970, 16. [Petersen]

Army Information Digest. Editors. "The Viet Cong -- Its Political, Military, Intelligence Organization." (May 1965): 38-45. [Petersen]

Bain, Chester A. "Viet Cong Propaganda Abroad." Foreign Service Journal 45, no. 10 (1968): 18-21, 47. [Petersen]


3. North Vietnam

Gaddy, David W., tr. and ed. Essential Matters: A History of the Cryptographic Branch of the People's Army of Vietnam, 1945-1975. Ft. George G. Meade, MD: National Security Agency, Center for Cryptologic History, 1994.

Although "political rhetoric is present" in this translation of a 1990 Vietnamese publication, Kruh, Cryptologia 19.1, finds it to be "a unique document with a great deal of interesting information, cultural, socioeconomic, and political, in addition to cryptologic."

Goscha, Christopher E.

1. "Intelligence in a Time of Decolonialization: The Case of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam at War (1945-50)." Intelligence and National Security 22, no. 1 (Feb. 2007): 100-138.

The focus here is "the birth, development, and major functions" of the DRV's "Public Security and Intelligence services in a time of decolonization." It includes three case studies "as a way of considering wider themes relating to the question of intelligence and decolonization."

2. tr. "Three Documents on Early Vietnamese Intelligence and Security Services." Intelligence and National Security 22, no. 1 (Feb. 2007): 139-146.

3. Pribbenow, Merle. "Commentary." Intelligence and National Security 22, no. 1 (Feb. 2007): 147-150.

The documents unearthed by Goscha "illustrate several important stages in the development of the Vietnamese communist intelligence and security services into a powerful and effective apparatus."

4. Marr, David. "Commentary." Intelligence and National Security 22, no. 1 (Feb. 2007): 151-154.

5. Thomas, Martin. "Insurgent Intelligence: Information Gathering and Anti-Colonial Rebellion." Intelligence and National Security 22, no. 1 (Feb. 2007): 155-163.

"[T]hese Vietnamese intelligence documents offer numerous insights into the evolution of the Viet Minh as a national movement." They also "confirm that intelligence was as critical a factor for all warring parties in struggles of decolonialization as in other, more conventional conflicts."

Return to Vietnam Table of Contents