Nation: Making the Decisions

It was a drowsy Friday morning in Honolulu when the news clattered in over wire-service tickers. Within 32 hours, President Johnson and a small army of "peace warriors" would descend on the island for a whirlwind summit conference with the leaders of South Viet Nam. Hordes of communications, security and transportation experts were already on the way, to be followed by nearly half the U.S. Cabinet, 125 other American and Vietnamese officials, two dozen Secret Service men, 354 newsmen. For Hawaiians, it was to prove the most harrowing ordeal since Maunaloa last blew...

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