::1963 South Vietnamese coup


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In November 1963, President Ngô Đình Diệm of South Vietnam was deposed by a group of Army of the Republic of Vietnam officers who disagreed with his handling of both the Buddhist crisis and the Viet Cong threat to the regime.

The Kennedy administration had been aware of the coup planning,<ref name=PntDiem>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref> but Cable 243 from the United States Department of State to US Ambassador to South Vietnam Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr., stated that it was US policy<ref name=NSAEBB101>{{#invoke:Citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=journal }}</ref> not to try to stop it. Lucien Conein, the Central Intelligence Agency’s liaison between the US embassy and the coup planners, told them that the US would not intervene to stop it. Conein also provided funds to the coup leaders.<ref name=NSAEBB101-17>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref>

The coup was led by General Dương Văn Minh and started on 1 November. It proceeded smoothly as many loyalist leaders were captured after being caught off-guard and casualties were light. Diệm was captured and executed the next day along with his brother and adviser Ngô Đình Nhu.

1963 South Vietnamese coup sections
Intro  Background  Conspiracies  Rebel troop movements in and around Saigon  Lodge, Harkins and Felt meet with Di\u1ec7m  Final preparations  Seizing control of the 7th Division  Fighting in Saigon  Siege on Gia Long Palace  I Corps  Surrender and execution of Di\u1ec7m and Nhu  Reaction  See also  Notes  References  External links  

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