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Highlights from LBJ's Telephone Conversations:
April 1965 - May 1965

HIGHLIGHTED TOPICS APPEAR IN BOLD PRINT

 

Citation No.: 7323
Speaker: NICHOLAS KATZENBACH
Tape: WH6504.02   Program No.: 10
Length: 15:29

Date: 04/07/1965
Time: 9:17A
Place: MANSION
Transcribed: N
Restriction: OPEN

Comments: RECORDING STARTS AFTER CONVERSATION HAS BEGUN; CONTINUES ON NEXT PNO

Topics: JOE RAUH'S CANDIDATE FOR WASHINGTON, DC COURT; NEED FOR MERIT APPOINTMENTS, APPOINTEES FROM CALIFORNIA, EXCELLENCE IN JUSTICE DEPT; VOTING RIGHTS BILL, INCLUSION OF NEW YORK PUERTO RICANS; POLL TAX AMENDMENT TO CONSTITUTION; LBJ SCHOOL OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS


 

Citation No.: 7330
Speaker: DWIGHT EISENHOWER
Tape: WH6504.03   Program No.: 6
Length: 11:06

Date: 04/08/1965
Time: 5:58P
Other Speakers: MCGEORGE BUNDY; EUGENE BLACK
Transcribed: Y
Restriction: OPEN

Comments: "PALM DESERT, CALIF., W/MCGEO. BUNDY & MR. EUGENE BLACK"; "SUMMARIZED"; EISENHOWER ON HOLD 0:50; LBJ IS ON SPEAKERPHONE, MEETING WITH EUGENE BLACK, MCGEORGE BUNDY; EISENHOWER SPEAKS WITH BLACK

Topics: EISENHOWER PRAISES LBJ'S JOHNS HOPKINS SPEECH ON ASIAN DEVELOPMENT, SUGGESTS US STUDY WAYS TO IMPROVE SUPPORT BY VIETNAMESE POPULACE OF SOUTH VIETNAM GOVT; LBJ DISCUSSES FOREIGN REACTION TO SPEECH; EISENHOWER DISCUSSES NEED FOR NEW ASIAN ORGANIZATION


 

Citation No.: 7331
Speaker: PENTAGON COMMAND CENTER
Tape: WH6504.03   Program No.: 7
Length: 2:46

Date: 04/09/1965
Time: 12:05A
Place: MANSION
Transcribed: N
Restriction: OPEN

Comments: MAJ. MARINE? AT COMMAND CENTER ANSWERS PHONE, TRANSFERS CALL TO CYRUS VANCE, GEN. JAMES FOGLE?

Topics: GEN. JAMES FOGLE?, CYRUS VANCE AT PENTAGON COMMAND CENTER REPORT ON STATUS OF MISSING US NAVY PILOT, AIRPLANE, POSSIBLY DOWNED OVER HAINAN ISLAND AFTER DOGFIGHT WITH CHINESE FOLLOWING VIETNAM AIR MISSION; LBJ ASKS THEM TO CALL WITH NEWS REGARDLESS OF HOUR


 

Citation No.: 7332
Speaker: CYRUS VANCE
Tape: WH6504.03   Program No.: 8
Length: 0:48

Date: 04/09/1965
Time: 12:50A
Place: MANSION
Transcribed: N
Restriction: OPEN

Topics: VANCE UPDATES LBJ ON SEARCH FOR MISSING US NAVY PILOT AND AIRPLANE POSSIBLY DOWNED OVER HAINAN ISLAND FOLLOWING DOGFIGHT WITH CHINESE AND ON STATUS OF US AIR RAIDS IN VIETNAM; LBJ ASKS IF HE SHOULD LEAVE FOR LBJ RANCH AS PLANNED


 

Citation No.: 7333
Speaker: PENTAGON COMMAND CENTER
Tape: WH6504.03   Program No.: 9
Length: 4:56

Date: 04/09/1965
Time: 3:55A
Place: MANSION
Transcribed: N
Restriction: OPEN

Comments: LBJ SPEAKS WITH GEN. CHESTER COX? AT THE COMMAND CENTER

Topics: LBJ ASKS GEN. COX? FOR UPDATE ON SEARCH FOR MISSING US NAVY PILOT POSSIBLY DOWNED OVER HAINAN ISLAND; COX? REPORTS HE HAS NO MORE NEWS; LBJ ASKS FOR INFORMATION ON DOGFIGHT WITH CHINESE, REPORT THAT MIG WAS DOWNED, AND FOR UPDATE ON AIR RAIDS IN VIETNAM


 

Citation No.: 7334
Speaker: PENTAGON COMMAND CENTER
Tape: WH6504.03   Program No.: 10
Length: 3:18

Date: 04/09/1965
Time: 7:47A
Place: MANSION
Transcribed: N
Restriction: OPEN

Comments: TV OR RADIO AUDIBLE IN BACKGROUND; COMMAND CENTER IS DIFFICULT TO HEAR; RECORDING STARTS AFTER CONVERSATION HAS BEGUN; LBJ SPEAKS WITH GEN. CHESTER COX? AT THE COMMAND CENTER

Topics: GEN. COX? GIVES LBJ REPORT ON MISSION OF US AIRCRAFT THAT ENGAGED IN DOGFIGHT WITH CHINESE, SEARCH FOR MISSING US NAVY PILOT POSSIBLY DOWNED OVER HAINAN ISLAND, AND ON RESULTS OF US AIR RAIDS IN VIETNAM


 

Citation No.: 7336
Speaker: GEORGE BALL
Tape: WH6504.03   Program No.: 12
Length: 4:20

Date: 04/09/1965
Time: 9:30A
Place: MANSION
Transcribed: N
Restriction: A-SAN

Comments: RECORDING STARTS AFTER CONVERSATION HAS BEGUN

Topics: BALL TELLS LBJ HE WILL MEET WITH CYRUS VANCE, EARLE WHEELER TO ANALYZE FACTS ABOUT US AIRPLANE DOWNED OVER HAINAN ISLAND AND RECOMMEND RESPONSE TO CHINA; LBJ EXPRESSES CONCERN ABOUT EFFECT OF INCIDENT ON SENATE VOTE ON EDUCATION BILL; LBJ'S TRIP TO RANCH


 

Citation No.: 7356
Speaker: ROBERT MCNAMARA
Tape: WH6504.05   Program No.: 8
Length: 5:48

Date: 04/20/1965
Time: 7:15P
Place: MANSION
Transcribed: N
Restriction: OPEN

Comments: MCNAMARA IS CALLING FROM HONOLULU, HAWAII

Topics: MCNAMARA REPORTS ON HONOLULU MEETING ON VIETNAM STRATEGY; NYT STORY ON MEETING; POSSIBLE CHINESE INTERVENTION; INTRODUCTION OF US COMBAT TROOPS; IMPROVED PERFORMANCE BY SOUTH VIETNAM; CONCERNS ABOUT VULNERABILITY OF BIEN HOA, DANANG; MAXWELL TAYLOR


 

Citation No.: 7410
Speaker: MIKE MANSFIELD
Tape: WH6504.08   Program No.: 7
Length: 11:19

Date: 04/30/1965
Time: 11:51A
Transcribed: N
Restriction: A-SAN

Comments: SLIP INCORRECTLY LISTS DATE AS 4/29/65

Topics: REAPPOINTMENT OF LAVERN DILWEG TO FOREIGN CLAIMS SETTLEMENT COMMISSION; CRISIS IN DOMINICAN REPUBLIC; CUBAN INFLUENCE; JUAN BOSCH; SANTO DOMINGO POLICE CALL FOR US HELP; OAS; MEXICO, VENEZUELA AS INTERMEDIARIES; PRESS LEAKS BY DIRKSEN, FULBRIGHT


 

Citation No.: 7424
Speaker: MCGEORGE BUNDY
Tape: WH6504.09   Program No.: 6
Length: 2:03

Date: 04/30/1965
Time: 5:00P
Transcribed: Y
Restriction: OPEN

Comments: "SUMMARIZED" WRITTEN ON ENVELOPE CONTAINING DICTABELT

Topics: BUNDY READS AP 176 REPORT ON US CASUALTIES IN DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, TELLS LBJ THEY HAVE NO CONFIRMATION OF REPORT; LBJ EXPRESSES CONCERN ABOUT PRESS, PUBLIC REACTION TO SITUATION, REQUESTS PRESIDENTIAL STATEMENT ON QUESTION OF COMMUNIST INVOLVEMENT


 

Citation No.: 7429
Speaker: ROBERT MCNAMARA
Tape: WH6504.09   Program No.: 11
Length: 3:23

Date: 04/30/1965
Time: 5:40P
Other Speakers: BILL MOYERS
Transcribed: Y
Restriction: OPEN

Comments: "SUMMARIZED" WRITTEN ON ENVELOPE CONTAINING DICTABELT; RECORDING STARTS AFTER CONVERSATION HAS BEGUN; MOYERS IS MEETING WITH LBJ AT TIME OF CALL; LBJ ON SPEAKERPHONE

Topics: LBJ'S DRAFT STATEMENT ON DOMINICAN CRISIS; MOYERS' CONCERN THAT LANGUAGE ABOUT COMMUNIST ROLE IN REVOLT MAY STRENGTHEN COMMUNISTS, CUBA; MCNAMARA SUGGESTS OTHERS MAKE STATEMENT ABOUT COMMUNISTS, NOT LBJ; US CASUALTIES


 

Citation No.: 7430
Speaker: MCGEORGE BUNDY
Tape: WH6504.09   Program No.: 12
Length: 1:37

Date: 04/30/1965
Time: 5:45P
Other Speakers: OFFICE CONVERSATION
Transcribed: Y
Restriction: OPEN

Comments: "SUMMARIZED" WRITTEN ON ENVELOPE CONTAINING DICTABELT; OFFICE CONVERSATION PRECEDES CALL; GEORGE REEDY IS MEETING WITH LBJ AT TIME OF CALL

Topics: BUNDY RELAYS CONCERNS OF GEORGE BALL, ELLSWORTH BUNKER ABOUT LBJ'S DRAFT STATEMENT ON DOMINICAN CRISIS, SUGGESTS STATEMENT BE DELAYED UNTIL AFTER OAS HAS MET; LBJ COMPLAINS ABOUT DELAY IN MAKING STATEMENT, ASKS TO SEE SUGGESTED CHANGES IN STATEMENT


 

Citation No.: 7431
Speaker: ROBERT MCNAMARA
Tape: WH6504.09   Program No.: 13
Length: 0:48

Date: 04/30/1965
Time: 5:47P
Other Speakers: OFFICE CONVERSATION
Transcribed: Y
Restriction: OPEN

Comments: "SUMMARIZED" WRITTEN ON ENVELOPE CONTAINING DICTABELT; BRIEF OFFICE CONVERSATION PRECEDES CALL

Topics: MCNAMARA TELLS LBJ HE HAS ISSUED ADDITIONAL INSTRUCTIONS TO US COMMANDER GEN. ROBERT YORK TO PERSUADE WESSIN Y WESSIN TO ACCEPT PROPOSED CEASEFIRE IN DOMINICAN REPUBLIC


 

Citation No.: 7432
Speaker: MCGEORGE BUNDY
Tape: WH6504.09   Program No.: 14
Length: 5:46

Date: 04/30/1965
Time: 6:00P
Other Speakers: OFFICE CONVERSATION
Transcribed: Y
Restriction: OPEN

Comments: "SUMMARIZED" WRITTEN ON ENVELOPE CONTAINING DICTABELT; OFFICE CONVERSATION PRECEDES CALL; GEORGE REEDY IS MEETING WITH LBJ AT TIME OF CALL

Topics: DISCUSSION OF TIMING AND LANGUAGE OF LBJ'S STATEMENT ON CRISIS IN DOMINICAN REPUBLIC; LBJ COMPLAINS ABOUT DELAYS IN DRAFTING STATEMENT, EXPRESSES CONCERN ABOUT SITUATION; WAYNE MORSE'S SPEECH; BUNDY RELAYS EISENHOWER'S VIEWS OF SITUATION; OAS MEETING


 

Citation No.: 7528
Speaker: W. TAPLEY BENNETT
Tape: WH6505.02   Program No.: 10
Length: 13:38

Date: 05/02/1965
Time: 6:24P
Other Speakers: MCGEORGE BUNDY; JOHN BARTLOW MARTIN; TELEPHONE OPERATORS
Transcribed: N
Restriction: OPEN

Comments: "TRANSCRIBED"; BENNETT ON HOLD 1:00; MCGEORGE BUNDY IS MEETING WITH LBJ, JOHN B. MARTIN IS MEETING WITH BENNETT AT TIME OF CALL; NOTE ATTACHED TO SLIP ACCOMPANYING DICTABELT

Topics: CONTINUED VIOLENCE IN DOMINICAN REPUBLIC; OAS DELEGATION; JOSE MORA'S MEETINGS; COMMUNICATIONS PROBLEMS; LBJ STRESSES IMPORTANCE OF PRESS COVERAGE; STATUS OF EVACUATION; CASUALTIES; OAS APPROVAL OF MILITARY LINK-UP; POSSIBLE MEETING OF MARTIN, JUAN BOSCH


 

Citation No.: 7580
Speaker: CLARENCE MITCHELL
Tape: WH6505.05   Program No.: 1
Length: 13:57

Date: 05/04/1965
Time: 8:45P
Transcribed: N
Restriction: OPEN

Topics: POLL TAX AMENDMENT TO VOTING RIGHTS BILL; LBJ'S SUPPORT FOR POLL TAX BAN, LOWERING VOTING AGE TO 18; KATZENBACH'S CONCERNS ABOUT CONSTITUTIONALITY OF BILL; LBJ'S VOTING RECORD ON POLL TAX; APPOINTMENTS FOR SAMUEL JACKSON, MARJORIE LAWSON, PATRICIA HARRIS


 

Citation No.: 7582
Speaker: GEORGE MAHON
Tape: WH6505.05   Program No.: 3
Length: 11:24

Date: 05/05/1965
Time: 11:55A
Other Speakers: OFFICE CONVERSATION
Transcribed: Y
Restriction: OPEN

Comments: "SUMMARIZED"; BRIEF OFFICE CONVERSATION PRECEDES CALL

Topics: LBJ LOBBIES FOR PASSAGE OF SUPPLEMENTAL MILITARY APPROPRIATIONS BILL; BILL AS SHOW OF CONGRESSIONAL SUPPORT FOR VIETNAM POLICY; MAHON'S CONCERNS ABOUT TERRORISM; LBJ DEFENDS US ACTION IN DOMINICAN REPUBLIC; OAS ROLE; ENEMY CASUALTIES IN VIETNAM


 

Citation No.: 7603
Speaker: BIRCH BAYH
Tape: WH6505.06   Program No.: 9
Length: 2:31

Date: 05/07/1965
Time: 4:45P
Place: MANSION
Transcribed: Y
Restriction: OPEN

Comments: "TRANSCRIBED"; "(RE CIVIL RIGHTS BILL)"; "SUMMARIZED (MS)" WRITTEN ON ENVELOPE CONTAINING DICTABELT; CONTINUES ON NEXT PNO

Topics: BAYH CALLS TO EXPLAIN HIS POSITION ON EDWARD KENNEDY'S POLL TAX AMENDMENT TO VOTING RIGHTS BILL; LBJ DISCUSSES KATZENBACH AND JUSTICE DEPT VIEWS ON AMENDMENT; LBJ'S SUPPORT FOR LOWERING VOTING AGE, BANNING POLL TAX; CONSTITUTIONAL QUESTIONS


 

Citation No.: 7604
Speaker: BIRCH BAYH
Tape: WH6505.06   Program No.: 10
Length: 13:28

Date: 05/07/1965
Time: 4:45P
Place: MANSION
Transcribed: Y
Restriction: OPEN

Comments: "TRANSCRIBED"; "(RE CIVIL RIGHTS BILL)"; "SUMMARIZED (MS)" WRITTEN ON ENVELOPE CONTAINING DICTABELT; CONTINUES FROM PREVIOUS PNO

Topics: EDWARD KENNEDY'S POLL TAX AMENDMENT TO VOTING RIGHTS BILL; RFK'S LOBBYING TACTICS; CONSTITUTIONAL QUESTIONS; KATZENBACH'S CONCERN THAT AMENDMENT WILL JEOPARDIZE BILL; RFK'S REQUEST THAT LBJ APPOINT KATZENBACH ATTORNEY GENERAL; DEMOCRATIC PARTY'S FUTURE


 

Citation No.: 7633
Speaker: ADLAI STEVENSON
Tape: WH6505.08   Program No.: 6
Length: 11:15

Date: 05/12/1965
Time: 10:57A
Place: MANSION
Transcribed: N
Restriction: OPEN

Topics: LBJ ASKS STEVENSON TO TALK IN CONFIDENCE TO U THANT ABOUT VIETNAM BOMBING PAUSE CONTINGENT UPON CESSATION OF INFILTRATION; LBJ'S DOUBTS ABOUT EFFECTIVENESS OF PAUSE; POSSIBLE DOMESTIC, CONGRESSIONAL REACTION; CALL FOR CEASEFIRE BY U THANT OR POPE PAUL


 

Citation No.: 7684
Speaker: ABE FORTAS
Tape: WH6505.13   Program No.: 1
Length: 11:57

Date: 05/14/1965
Time: 8:45P
Other Speakers: OFFICE CONVERSATION; "JIM"; "WALTER"; "CECIL?"
Transcribed: N
Restriction: A-SAN

Comments: FORTAS ON HOLD 0:45; SLIP, DIARY LIST CALLER AS "MR. DAVIDSON"; CALL BETWEEN "WALTER" AND "CECIL?" OF DENVER AND "JIM" CUTS IN IN MIDDLE OF CALL; CONTINUES ON NEXT 3 PNOS; CONCURRENT RECORDING OF #7688

Topics: FORTAS REPORTS ON TALKS WITH JUAN BOSCH ON SETTLEMENT OF DOMINICAN CRISIS; LBJ DISCUSSES CURRENT MILITARY SITUATION, COMPOSITION OF GROUP OF US OFFICIALS TO GO TO DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, PUERTO RICO, FOR NEGOTIATIONS; BOSCH'S DIFFERENCES WITH THOMAS MANN


 

Citation No.: 7748
Speaker: MOHAMMED REZA PAHLAVI
Tape: WH6505.22   Program No.: 7
Length: 2:58

Date: 05/18/1965
Time: 11:01A
Transcribed: Y
Restriction: OPEN

Comments: SHAH OF IRAN IS CALLING FROM NYC

Topics: LBJ WELCOMES SHAH OF IRAN, EXPRESSES RELIEF ON HIS ESCAPING ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT; SHAH'S TRIP TO ARGENTINA, BRAZIL; LATIN AMERICAN REACTION TO DOMINICAN CRISIS, VIETNAM; LBJ ASKS FOR SUPPORT AT AFRO-ASIAN CONFERENCE IN ALGIERS; LBJ'S VISIT TO IRAN AS VP


 

Citation No.: 7776
Speaker: ABE FORTAS
Tape: WH6505.25   Program No.: 4
Length: 13:34

Date: 05/19/1965
Time: 10:57A
Transcribed: N
Restriction: A & B-SAN

Comments: FORTAS IS IN BROMLEY SMITH'S OFFICE; RECORDING STARTS AFTER CONVERSATION HAS BEGUN

Topics: NEGOTIATIONS IN DOMINICAN REPUBLIC; CABINET APPOINTEES; DEPARTURE OF REBEL LEADERS; ROLE OF JUAN BOSCH, GUZMAN IN GOVT; LBJ TELLS FORTAS TO CONTACT MCGEORGE BUNDY, VANCE, PALMER ABOUT ALLEGED US TROOP ASSISTANCE TO LOYALISTS, TELL THEM TO STOP IT IF TRUE


 

Citation No.: 7823
Speaker: DREW PEARSON
Tape: WH6505.30   Program No.: 7
Length: 11:09

Date: 05/24/1965
Time: 12:25P
Transcribed: N
Restriction: OPEN

Comments: MUSIC AUDIBLE IN BACKGROUND

Topics: PEARSON'S FARM; FERTILIZER FOR LADY BIRD JOHNSON'S BEAUTIFICATION PROGRAM; DAIRY FARMING; LBJ TELLS PEARSON THAT JACK ANDERSON'S STORY YESTERDAY ON LBJ'S DIFFERENCES WITH SENATE LEADERSHIP IS INCORRECT; STATUS OF CURRENT BILLS; LEGISLATIVE ACCOMPLISHMENTS


 

Citation No.: 7854
Speaker: MCGEORGE BUNDY
Tape: WH6505.34   Program No.: 3
Length: 13:38

Date: 05/31/1965
Time: 12:45P
Place: LBJ RANCH
Transcribed: N
Restriction: OPEN

Comments: "DUPLICATE"; RECORDING STARTS AFTER CONVERSATION HAS BEGUN; MUSIC AUDIBLE IN BACKGROUND; CONCURRENT RECORDING OF CITATION #7852

Topics: W. TAPLEY BENNETT'S POSSIBLE RETURN FROM DOMINICAN REPUBLIC FOR TALKS; LBJ SUGGESTS JOSEPH ALSOP DISCUSS VIETNAM WITH FULBRIGHT; WILLIAM BUNDY'S VIEWS ON VIETNAM; CHESTER COOPER MEMO; SPEECH DRAFT; CRITICISM OF US POLICY; LBJ'S VIEWS ON US ROLE IN WORLD


 

Citation No.: 7932
Speaker: TELEPHONE OPERATOR
Tape: SR6505.02   Program No.: 17
Length: 0:34

Date: 05/20/1965
Time: ?
Situation Room Speaker: ABE FORTAS
Place: WH SITUATION ROOM
Transcribed: N
Restriction: OPEN

Comments: "1, 9AM-10:45" WRITTEN ON DICTABELT; CONTENT OF CALL INDICATES DATE IS 5/20/1965

Topics: FORTAS ASKS TELEPHONE OPERATOR TO PLACE CALL TO ROBERT MCNAMARA WHOSE LINE IS BUSY; OPERATOR ASKS FORTAS IF HE IS "MR. ARNOLD" TODAY; FORTAS REPLIES THAT HE IS