Lead:  The defeat of Japan was near in 1945 and the United States had to decide whether to permit the French to return to power in Vietnam.

Intro: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: With the end of the war looming just months ahead, events in Indochina were at the boiling power. Since 1941 the Vietminh, a collection of nationalists and Communists under the leadership of Ho Chi Minh and his military commander, Vo Nguyen Giap, had been conducting an increasingly effective insurgency against the Japanese and their French collaborators. Early in 1945 the Vietminh began to receive training from agents of the American Office of Strategic Services predecessor to the CIA.

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