Friday, Feb. 19, 1965
Foreign Relations: A Look Down That Long Road
” … To give the U.S. more flexibility in Viet Nam, Johnson ordered all 1,819 dependents of Government and military personnel out of the country—a move long opposed by Taylor and Westmoreland. “We have no choice now,” explained the President, “but to clear the decks and make absolutely clear our continued determination to back South Viet Nam in its fight to maintain its independence.”
Most of the dependents were reluctant to leave. “I don’t like it. I like to be with my husband,” said Mrs. Maxwell Taylor. But she, as well as Westmoreland’s wife and three children, was ticketed for departure along with the rest. “We don’t want to go,” said Westmoreland’s 16-year-old daughter Katherine as she bade friends farewell at Saigon’s Tan Son Nhut Airport. When a teen-aged acquaintance taunted Katherine that the move was her father’s fault, she bristled: “It is not. It’s the fault of Lynda Bird’s father, not mine.” …
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