Roger Hilsman, a foreign policy adviser to President Kennedy who helped draft a cable giving American support to a coup against President Ngo Dinh Diem of South Vietnam, died on Feb. 23.

Along with Michael Forrestal of the National Security Council and W. Averell Harriman, undersecretary of state for political affairs, Hilsman drafted Cable 243. Read the cable above, which was sent from the State Department to US Ambassador to South Vietnam, Henry Cabot Lodge. The cable was a turning point in US-Vietnam relations.

Read more Vietnam files in our digital archives here: http://www.jfklibrary.org/Asset-Viewer/Archives/JFKNSF-198-005.aspx

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    I read his book “To Move a Nation” on the President’s Foreign Policy. Interesting perspective on how it was formed.
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