Carol Mills, Tom Ward, & Paul White


Paul Hillmer

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Oral History

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Paul White, Carol Mills, and Tom Ward were all USAID staff in Laos during the Secret War, and all worked closely with Edgar “Pop” Buell. In this interview each of them shares the details of how they came to work in Laos, what responsibilities they had, and their impression of Buell. They describe their own responsibilities, the various aspects of the USAID program (education, health, refugee services), different individuals involved in the operation, and the program’s eventual evacuation from Sam Thong and relocation to Ban Xoun.


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