What was the Chinh-Hunnicut Affair?


The Chinh-Hunnicutt affair, referred to in the Pentagon Papers, was a 1966 scandal concerning the proper role of US military advisors during the Vietnam War. Colonel Cecil F. Hunnicutt, the senior advisor to the ARVN 25th Division, was accused of misusing his position for:

…trying to have the [Commanding General] CG removed, of attempting to dismiss other division officers, of bypassing the chain of command, and of destroying the “spirit of cooperation between Americans and Vietnamese.”


US-GVN Relations, 1964-1967. The Pentagon Papers The Defense Department History of United States Decisionmaking on Vietnam. Volume 2 (Gravel Edition). Boston: Beacon Press. 1971. pp.393-394.

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