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Ken Perrin recalls his years with the CIA in Vietnam

(Part 1 of this three-part series ended with Ken joining the CIA and being flown out of San Francisco.)

The first stop after San Francisco was Taipei, Taiwan, formerly Formosa. “And from there it was super secret stuff,” he confided. At that time, Taipei was the CIA’s headquarters in Southeast Asia. “So we went through indoctrination there,” he continued, “and then we were flown to a little base in Thailand. It was a busy busy place with all kinds of reconnaissance. The US was there, all the hub bub people, the ones that create the trouble - I created a little bit myself.”

“I didn’t care for being there too much,” he admitted. “It was a little too busy, and I like to be in charge. I kind of still do,” he laughed. “Don’t tell anyone!”

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