Michael Hauben

Michael Hauben is a retired Foreign Service Officer who was a civilian member of the CORDS Province Teams in Tay Ninh and Gia Dinh, Vietnam, 1971-73. After the termination of CORDS in February 1973, he served in its successor organization, the Office of the Special Assistant to the Ambassador for Field Operations (SAAFO), as the US Embassy’s representative to Gia Dinh and, intermittently, concurrently, to several other provinces “because we were shorthanded,” all in Third Military Region. His principal responsibility was political reporting. After evacuation from Vietnam in April 1975, he went on to serve in the State Department in Washington, and in USAID in Latin America, Southeast Asia, Pakistan and Jordan.

This is a retrospective analysis of my anecdotal observations in Vietnam’s Third Military Region 1971-75. *Updated with map.