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  • May 04, 1953

    Letter, General Duk Shin Choi to General William K. Harrison, Jr. on Civilian Internees

    From April 20 to May 3 1953, Operation Little Switch allowed the exchange of the sick and wounded prisoners of wars between the United Nations, North Korea, and China. In this letter, Major General Choi informs General Harrison that the communist have failed to return hundreds of U.N. POWs because of their broad interpretation of the agreement. General Choi provides a series of steps to improve this agreement but most importantly he urges that the terms “civilian internees” and “displaced person” should be clarified in the Draft Armistice Agreement.

  • March 28, 1955

    Report on a Trip to Vietnam

    Choi Duk Shin and Young P. Lee summarize their travels through Hong Kong, Bangkok, and Vietnam, including their discussions on politics, military situations, cultural sharing, and strategies for Free Asia to join together against Communism.

  • October 03, 1955

    Letter from Choi Duk-shin to Vu Van Mau

    Choi Duk Shin announces that South Korea would like to establish diplomatic relations with South Vietnam and exchange envoys.

  • November 15, 1955

    Letter from Choi Duk-shin to the President of the Republic of Vietnam

    Choi Duk Shin reports briefly on the current situation of Vietnam and the expectations for the first South Vietnam presidential elections.

  • November 15, 1955

    Letter from Choi Duk-shin to Dr. Syngman Rhee

    Choi Duk-shin submits his "last report" as Corps Commander.

  • November 26, 1955

    Letter from Choi Duk-shin to Dr. Syngman Rhee

    Choi Duk Shin discusses his recent correspondence with both South Vietnam President Ngo Dinh Diem and the Foreign Minister about their anti-communist stance and the possibility of establishing a Korean Legation in Saigon, Vietnam.

  • December 22, 1955

    Letter from Choi Duk-shin to Dr. Syngman Rhee

    Choi Duk Shin submits his "last report" as Corps Commander.

  • March 30, 1956

    Letter from Choi Duk-shin to Dr. Syngman Rhee

    Choi Duk Shin offers his opinion on the establishment of a Korean Legation in South Vietnam and discusses his personal desire to remain in the military service as opposed to the diplomatic corps.

  • May 17, 1956

    CDS Report No. 1 from Choi Duk Shin to the President (Syngman Rhee)

    Choi Duk Shin reports on the installation of a Korean Legation in Saigon as well as general information about the legation set up and the surrounding area in South Vietnam.

  • May 25, 1956

    Report on a Conversation with the American Ambassador in Saigon

    Choi Duk Shin discusses the possibility of a military pact between South Korea, Formosa (Taiwan), and South Vietnam, as well as Korean assistance to Vietnam, with the American Ambassador to Vietnam.

  • May 25, 1956

    CDS Report No. 2 from Choi Duk Shin to the President (Syngman Rhee)

    Choi Duk Shin briefly discusses the military alliance with Taiwan and outlines his first ceremonial meeting with the Vietnamese leadership.

  • June 01, 1956

    CDS Report No. 3 from Choi Duk Shin to the President (Syngman Rhee)

    Choi Duk Shin discusses the possibility of a military alliance with Taiwan and South Vietnam's positive response to establishing diplomatic relations with South Korea.

  • June 08, 1956

    CDS Report No. 4 from Choi Duk Shin to the President (Syngman Rhee)

    Choi Duk Shin outlines his discussion with American General Williams about the possibility of South Korean military training assistance for the South Vietnamese military as well as several other conversations with foreign diplomats.

  • June 15, 1956

    CDS Report No. 5 from Choi Duk Shin to the President (Syngman Rhee)

    Choi Duk Shin outlines his recent activities in South Vietnam, briefly comments on recent foreign news papers calling for the nullification of the Korean Armistice Agreement, and announces the installment of the first South Vietnamese Ambassador to South Korea.

  • June 15, 1956

    Report of a Conversation with Mr. Nguyen Huu Chau

    Choi Duk Shin outlines his discussion with Secretary of State to the President, Nguyen Huu Chau the possibility of a South Korea-South Vietnam-Tiawan triple alliance.

  • June 16, 1956

    Letter from Choi Duk Shin to Mr. Vu Van Mau

    Choi Duk Shin informs Vietnam of the problematic usage of the name "South Korea" in the local press.

  • June 22, 1956

    CDS Report No. 6 from Choi Duk Shin to the President (Syngman Rhee)

    Choi Duk Shin suggests inviting the President of South Vietnam to South Korea and reports on the initiation of the office's weekly bulletin and Colonel Kim Sang Bong's visit to Saigon.

  • June 29, 1956

    CDS Report No. 7 from Choi Duk Shin to the President (Syngman Rhee)

    Choi Duk Shin reports on the office's Korean and Vietnamese news bulletin as well as Mr. William J. Sebald's visit to Saigon.

  • July 06, 1956

    CDS Report No. 8 from Choi Duk Shin to the President (Syngman Rhee)

    Choi Duk Shin reports on his involvement in recent ceremonies as well as his discussion with Vietnamese Secretary of State for Agrarian Reform Ngyuyen Van Thoi about possible Vietnam-Korea trade.

  • July 13, 1956

    CDS Report No. 9 from Choi Duk Shin to the President (Syngman Rhee)

    Choi Duk Shin reports on Vice President Nixon's visit and his statements in Karachi concerning communism in East Asia, discusses the "Cao Dai" religion in relation to communism, and briefly mentions his visit with French Ambassador Hoppenot.