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Experiments in the Lowlands

Thomas L. Ahern

in Vietnam Declassified

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print November 2009 | ISBN: 9780813125619
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135342 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813125619.003.0007
Experiments in the Lowlands

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Throughout the course of Operation Switchback, the station had been actively looking for new ways to preserve Central Intelligence Agency involvement. The principal burden of this exploratory effort had fallen on Stuart Methven, the gregarious case officer whose service with the Mountain Scouts made him perhaps the best traveled and most widely connected agency operative in Vietnam. In late 1962, John Richardson had called him down from the highlands to advise him of plans to add the Mountain Scouts to the Switchback agenda. Methven turned his focus to the south. Methven began in Long Khanh, a province whose approachable chief governed a mixed population of lowlanders and montagnards, and whose proximity to Saigon made agency programs relatively easy to monitor. Methven had installed the Mountain Scout program there, and he now continued that approach on a smaller scale. The team's purposes continued to include protecting villagers from Viet Cong encroachments.

Keywords: CIA; Stuart Methven; Mountain Scouts; John Richardson; Operation Switchback; Long Khanh; lowlanders; montagnards; Saigon; Viet Cong

Chapter.  6494 words. 

Subjects: Military History

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