The cartoon book titled Gia dinh ong Ba va Chien Dich Phung Hoang (Mr, Ba's Family and the Phoenix Operation) reads as follows:
Caption 2. Summary: Mr. Ba and his family are presently living in Phong Thanh village. This village is actually part of the nationalist territory but is still infiltrated by a number of Communist elements; therefore, Phoenix leaders have taken military action against them. They received enthusiastic cooperation from the villagers. As a result of this, and through accurate information provided by local people, many Communist cadres have been arrested. These circumstances help you follow the story of Mr. Ba's family.
Caption 3. The cruel Communists kill innocent people again!
Caption 4. Following is the news: "This morning at nine A.M., a Lambretta was blown up by a Communist mine five kilometers outside Phung Hiep village. Two children were killed, three women wounded. The Communists continue to terrorize people!"
Caption 5 ."Hello, sister Tu!"
"Why are you so late?"
"Hello, brother and sister. I am sorry I am late. I left early this morning, but we had to stop at the bridge because it was destroyed by a Communist bomb. We had to wait for the bridge to be repaired by a military engineering unit."
Caption 6. "Mr. Ba, you are asked to pay farm tax to to the Liberation Front!"
Caption 7. "This year the crop is poor, but the Communists still collect taxes. It is a miserable situation. I have heard there is much security in Phung Phu village. There taxes are not collected by the Communists any more thanks to the Phoenix operation. I wonder why such an operation has not come to our village?" "Perhaps because nobody provides them with information! This afternoon the Phoenix operation agents posted a notice at the intersection. I will go and see it tomorrow."
Caption 8. "What is new, my friends?"
"There are two dangerous Communist cadres hiding in our village."
Caption 9. Here are the two Communist cadres sought by the Phoenix Operation. The wanted poster says: "Dear compatriots, If you know the hiding place of the two above named Communist cadres, please notify the national police or the armed forces. You will be rewarded, and your name will be kept secret."
Caption 10. The radio broadcast says, "Compatriots, please help your government by providing information indicating the hiding place of two Communists, Ba Luong and Hai Gon. You will be rewarded, and your name will be kept secret."
"Did you hear that on the radio?"
"I knew it already. It is exactly the same as it has been posted on the wall at the intersection of the village."
Caption 11. "See, there are so many leaflets!"
Caption 12. "Honey, what do they say in those leaflets?"
They are the same as those wall posters, as well as the announcements on the radio yesterday. The two Communists Ba Luong and Rai Gon are presently hiding in our village in order to collect taxes. I am determined to report to the Phoenix Operation Committee because I know their hiding place."
Caption 13. "Where are you going so early?"
"I am going to the district headquarters to report about what happened last night."
Caption 14. "Dear Sir, the two Communists you want are hiding in my village. They are hiding in the house number 80/2 by my village boundaries. They only go out at night. If you succeed in arresting them, please keep my name secret!"
"Thank you, Mr. Ba, your name will be kept secret." (The Phoenix Operation provides security and prosperity to the people.)
Caption 15. "Why are so many soldiers entering our village?"
"Perhaps they are conducting a military operation against the Communists in hiding."
Caption 16. "The two Communists are very dangerous. We can only have peace and security when they are captured."
Caption 17. "Ladies, do you know that the two Communists are captured? From now on our village will be secure. There will be no more assassinations or tax collectors. The Phoenix operation is very effective!"
Caption 18. "Mr. Ba, since the two Communists are captured, our village is at peace. Too bad they are in jail! If they returned to our side beforehand, it could have been better for them!"
"They are obstinate indeed. Had they returned like Mr. Thanh from Long Dien village, they certainly would have enjoyed the government's clemency. Mr. Thanh is now reunited with his family."
Caption 19. "Mr. Ba, you have some mail."
"I wonder who sends you this mail?"
"Wait and see!"
Caption 20. "What does the letter say?"
"Dear Mr. Ba, Since you have helped the government by providing information and undermining the local structures of the Communists, you will be rewarded accordingly. You are invited to attend the coming meeting of the Phoenix Operation Committee to receive your award. Sincerely yours."
Caption 21. Poster says: "Mr. Nguyen Van Thanh, former guerrilla at Long Dien village, Gia Rai District, Bac Lieu Province, has returned to the national side. He therefore is allowed to be reunited with his family."
Air America: subsidiary airline of the Central Intelligence Agency which was active in Asia during the Vietnam War
(Khu Tru Mat): garrison community into which rural Vietnamese were forcefully relocated in order to isolate them from the Vietcong.
Agency for International Development: branch of the U.S. State Department responsible for advising the government of Vietnam, including the National Police
Aid-in-Kind: nonmonetary aid
The Vietcong's internal security and propaganda service
Accelerated pacification campaign: pacification program begun November 1968 to increase the number of villages rated "secure" under the Hamlet Evaluation System
Armed propaganda team: platoon-size unit composed of soldiers with both a combat and psychological-warfare mission
Army of the Republic of Vietnam
Army Security Agency: branch of the National Security Agency working with the U.S. Army to locate the Vietcong through its radio communications
Nucleus of trained personnel around which a larger organization can be built
Combined Action Patrol: platoon-size unit composed of U.S. Marines and Vietnamese Territorial Forces
Controlled American source: an employee of the CIA
Civilian detainee: Vietnamese civilian detained by U.S. or Vietnamese military forces
Combined Document Exploitation Center: formed October 1966 to support allied military operations primarily through the translation of captured enemy documents
Census Grievance: CIA coven action program designed to obtain information on the VCI through static agents in villages, or mobile agents in armed propaganda teams
Counterintelligence: that aspect of intelligence devoted to destroying the effectiveness of enemy intelligence activities
Combined Intelligence Center, Vietnam: created in 1965 to coordinate U.S. and South Vietnamese intelligence operations
Criminal Investigation Division: branch of the U.S. Army charged with investigating crimes committed by American soldiers
Civilian Irregular Defense Group: U.S. Special Forces-trained village and tribal security and reaction forces
Commander in Chief, Pacific: the U.S. military headquarters in Hawaii to which the commander of MACV reported
Central Intelligence Organization: formed in 1961 to coordinate South Vietnamese foreign and domestic intelligence operations
Combined Intelligence Staff: formed in November 1966 to manage the attack against the VCI in Saigon and its environs
Capital Military District Command: formed in June 1968 to coordinate military and pacification operations in Saigon and its environs
Combined Materiel Exploitation Center: formed in 1965 to coordinate intelligence gained from the analysis of captured enemy materiel
Civil Operations and Revolutionary Development Support: organization established in May 1967 under MACV, designed to coordinate U.S. military and civilian operations and advisory programs in South Vietnam
Central Office of South Vietnam: mobile headquarters of the South Vietnamese insurgency, created in 1962
Central Pacification and Development Council: formed in 1968 by William Colby, who was then chief of CORDS, as a liaison staff to the office of the prime minister of South Vietnam
Central Phung Hoang Permanent Office: formed in July 1968 to manage the South Vietnamese attack against the VCI
Combined Security Committee: formed in 1964 to protect U.S. government personnel and facilities in Saigon and its environs
Cong Tac IV (also known as Counterterror IV): joint U.S.-South Vietnamese program begun in December 1966, designed to eliminate the VCI in Saigon and its environs
Combined Tactical Screening Center: formed by the U.S. Army in 1967 to distinguish prisoners of war from civilian detainees
Cuc Nghien Cuu
Central Research Agency: North Vietnamese intelligence service
Defense Attaché Office: U.S. military headquarters that replaced MACV in 1973 after the cease-fire
Director of Central Intelligence: U.S. official in charge of managing the affairs of the CIA
Deputy to the MACV commander for Civil Operations and Revolutionary Development Support
Director General of the National Police: Vietnamese official in charge of the South Vietnamese police
District Intelligence and Operations Coordination Center: office of the Phoenix adviser in each of South Vietnam's 250 districts
Demilitarized zone: stretch of land along the seventeenth parallel, created in 1954 to separate North and South Vietnam
District senior adviser: senior CORDS official in each of South Vietnam's 250 districts
Foreign Intelligence: branch of the CIA charged with inserting agents within foreign governments
Free Fire Zone:
Area in South Vietnam where U.S. military personnel had the authority to kill anyone they targeted
Group administrative mobile organization: French-advised and -outfitted combat unit composed of South Vietnamese soldiers
Composite airborne commando group: French-advised and -outfitted antiguerrilla unit composed mostly of Montagnards
Government of Vietnam
Hamlet Evaluation System: computer system developed by the U.S. Defense Department in 1967 to measure trends in pacification
Hamlet Informant program: CIA-funded program managed by CIA officers in liaison with the Special Branch of the South Vietnamese National Police in which secret agents were paid to identify VCI in hamlets
Dwelling occupied by rural Vietnamese
Pacification Intensive Capital Area program, begun July 1964 to bring security to Saigon and its environs
High Values Rewards Program: bounty program proposed by the Phoenix Directorate in July 1971 to induce low- level VCI to turn in high-level VCI
Intelligence coordination and exploitation: original
name of the Phoenix program, formed in June 1967
Intelligence Operations and Coordination Center
International Police Academy: school in the United States where the Agency for International Development through its Office of Public Safety trained policemen from foreign countries from 1963 to 1974
International Security Affairs: office within the U.S. Defense Department responsible for supervising security assistance programs such as Phoenix in foreign countries, excluding NATO
Judge Advocate General: chief prosecuting general within the U.S. armed forces
Joint General Staff: command organization of the Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces
Personnel branch of the JGS or MACV
Intelligence branch of the JGS or MACV
Operations branch of the JGS or MACV
Logistics branch of the JGS or MACV
Joint U .S. Public Affairs Office: formed in May 1965 under the office of the U.S. Information Agency in South Vietnam, to manage MACV psychological warfare operations and public relations
Khmer Kampuchea Krom: Cambodian exiles trained by the CIA in South Vietnam
Kuomintang: official ruling party of the Republic of China (Taiwan), formed by Dr. Sun Yat-sen in 1911
Luc Luong Duc Biet: South Vietnamese Special Forces
Office of Civil Operations: formed in Saigon in November 1966 to manage U.S. pacification programs in South Vietnam
Office of the Special Assistant: code name for the CIA station in Saigon
Pacific Architects and Engineers: private company that did construction work for the GVN
Pacification Attitude Analysis System: computer system designed to assess the political effects of CORDS pacification programs
People's action team: CIA version of the standard Vietcong armed propaganda team
Phoenix Coordinators Orientation Course: begun November 1968 at Vung Tau's Seminary Camp to train Phoenix coordinators
Phung Hoang Management Information System: computer system containing biographical and organizational data on the VCI, created January 1969
Phung Hoang reexamination: study begun in 1971, designed to critique the Phoenix program
The mythological Vietnamese bird of conjugal love that appears in times of peace, pictured holding a flute and representing virtue, grace, and harmony. Also the name given to the South Vietnamese version of Phoenix
Province Interrogation Center
Province Intelligence Coordination Committee: established by decree in November 1964 to serve as the senior intelligence agency in each province, but never put into effect
Province Intelligence and Operations Coordination Center: headquarters of the Phoenix adviser in each of South Vietnam's forty-four provinces
Potential intelligence recruitment lead: VCI removed from the Phoenix blacklist and approached to become an agent of the CIA
Paramilitary: branch of the CIA that obtains intelligence through unconventional warfare operations