Operation Paul Bunyan +38

Ever wonder what goes on in Washington DC just before our military is ordered to do something?

Actual "map" carried by 2LT Michael Kline during Operation Paul Bunyan.

Actual “map” carried by 2LT Michael Kline during Operation Paul Bunyan.

The recordings of the meetings which took place with then Secretary of State Henry Kissinger were declassified in 2009 and are now part of the President Gerald R. Ford library.  The written “minutes” from August 18, 1976 (the day of the Panmunjom Axe Murders), August 19, 1976 and August 25, 1976 are presented here.

I was assigned to Alpha Company, 2/9th Infantry and was the driver/RTO for the company commander at the time.  It wasn’t even 3 weeks after my 19th birthday.  Reading these documents now and knowing what was going on at the time is fascinating to me.  Especially Kissinger’s reactions as well as the role George H. W. Bush played.

Relics from the Cold War.

OPB discussions 18Aug76

OPB discussions 19Aug76

OPB discussions 25Aug76