Audio  |  Vietnam War Media Kit

Below are various telephone conversations of President Johnson discussing the Vietnam War. All are public domain.

May 27, 1964: President Johnson expresses anguish over the Vietnam War to his National Security Adviser McGeorge Bundy.

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[LBJ Library telephone conversation, 3522.]


May 27, 1964: President Johnson and Sen. Richard Russell (Chairman of the Senate Committee on Armed Services) speak about current situation in Vietnam. (Part 1)

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[LBJ Library telephone conversation, 3519.]


May 27, 1964: President Johnson and Sen. Richard Russell (also Chairman of the Senate Committee on Armed Services) speak about current situation in Vietnam. (Part 2)

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[LBJ Library telephone conversation, 3520.]


Sept. 18, 1964: Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara gives President Johnson a report and recommendations on the Gulf of Tonkin attack.

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[LBJ Library telephone conversation, 5593.]


Feb. 15, 1965: President Johnson calls former President Harry Truman asking for advice on war strategy.

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[LBJ Library telephone conversation, 6847.]


May 28, 1965: Senator Robert F. Kennedy discusses Vietnam War strategy with President Johnson.

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[LBJ Library telephone conversation, 3539.]


July 2, 1965: President Johnson and Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara discuss troop increases in Vietnam.

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[LBJ Library telephone conversation, 8302.]


July 5, 1966: Civil rights leader Whitney Young asks President Johnson to clear his visit to Vietnam in order to visit African American troops.

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[LBJ Library telephone conversation, 10406.]


Oct. 3, 1966: President Johnson speaks with former President Dwight D. Eisenhower regarding strategy in Vietnam.

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[LBJ Library telephone conversation, 10916.]


Dec. 4, 1966: President Johnson speaks with author John Steinbeck whose son is fighting in Vietnam.

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[LBJ Library telephone conversation, 11112.]


Oct. 16, 1968: President Johnson briefs presidential candidates—Hubert Humphrey, Richard Nixon, and George Wallace—on the Vietnam bombing halt and asks them not to impair peace negotiations.

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[LBJ Library telephone conversation, 13547.]


Nov. 2, 1968: President Johnson asks Republican Sen. Everett Dirksen to talk to Richard Nixon. Johnson says Nixon's representatives have sent word to North Vietnam to hold off on peace talks.

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[LBJ Library telephone conversation, 13706.]