This is a transcript from February 27, 1962 of ACS Saigon news reporter Ken Yeager:
THE PALACE IS
We came to school Tuesday morning as casual as ever with toast in our hands howling “wait for me!” after the departing buses. We got to school and noted the general weather and heavy clouds while Vicki casually cracked a joke about the thunder!!!
We went to class after we heard the bell. Everyone was commenting and waving at the “funny” planes going by.
Approximately 15 minutes after the bell rang, Mrs. Jones casually stuck her head in the door and said, “It’s going to be hard to obtain a substitute this morning because, as you know the Palace is being bombed.” There was no screaming as many had been here during the first coup. The other ones took it as everyday news, mainly because they were flabbergasted.
Within 20 minutes we were being protected by members of our United States Armed Forces Overseas (rah, rah, rah, rah)
This is Ken Yeager signing off – rat tat tat tat!
P.S. The Palace is now burning (Ed)
P.S.S. There are snipers downtown. (8:43)
P.S.S.S. It’s rumoured that the bombing is being done by dissatisfied Vietnamese (not V.C. or Communists).
(Ref: The Bamboo Beacon Feb. 27, 1962)