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THE ARCHIVE OF AMBASSADOR KENNETH M. QUINN
FROM THE MISSISSIPPI TO THE MEKONG
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A Plane Lands in Chau Doc and His Journey to the White House Begins

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Amb. Quinn recalls how shortly after compiling his February 1974 landmark report on the Khmer Rouge, a plane landed in Chau Doc province where he was stationed with orders reassigning him to Secretary Henry Kissinger’s National Security staff at the White House. This immediately set off two processes: One in which he would need to receive high-level security briefings and have meetings with the U.S. ambassadors in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos; and a second going through the administrative and cultural requirements in order to marry his fiancé. The latter process would eventually lead to Amb. Quinn and his wife having two wedding anniversaries and a forty-year delayed honeymoon.

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