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Since that landing might also involve operations in Indochina, Miles attempted to extend his intelligence network to Vietnam. The man he chose to head the operation was a French naval officer, Comdr. Robert Meynier, a supporter of General Giraud. Like Giraud, Meynier was a war hero; he was also an ti-German, anti-British, and strong- ly pro-American. More important, he was married to a woman w ith important connections among the Vietnamese mandarin cla ss. His wife's uncle, Hoang Trang Phu, was a member of the Privy Council and a former governor of Tonkin .

IX The p lan was approved by the Office of Strategic Services and by Mi les' s uperiors in the Navy Department, and it was en thu siastica ll y endorsed by the comma nder of the China-based Fourteenth Air Force, Maj. Gen. C la ire L. Chennault, who promised to launch diversionary air raids to cover the parachute drop. 1<) By the e nd of May 1943, Miles and Devereux had succeeded in assembling a group of eighteen Army, Navy, and Marine Corps personnel, most of IliA I")rogram for Guerrilla Warfare in Fren ch Indoch ina , Apr 43, Miles Papers.

An estimated 10,000 Vietnamese, many of whom had taken no part in the rebellion, we re killed and a no ther 50,000 were d eported. 34 Man y others suffered assa ult, ra pe, robbe ry, and unjust imprisonme nt. The conduct of the legionnaires was especially reprehe nsible. A French court d ete rmined, for JOFor detail s of these even ts, see the foll ow ing: M cA li ster, Vie /Mill: Origills of Revoirllioll, pp. 80 - 9 1; R. B. Smit h, "The Deve lopment of Opposit ion to French Rule in Southern Viet nam, 1880 - 1940," Past {/ ml PrescII/ 54 (February 1972): 11 7 - 2 1; Bu ttinger, Vietnam: A Dragoll Em/J{ltllt'd, 1:214- 20; and Thompson, Frellc/' Illdochi1la, pp.

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