Another interesting individual who played America, the world and the Catholic believers was Tom Dooley.
Interesting and lengthy article about Mr Dooley from LA Times in 1991
This guy was a superstar. Dr America!
Dooley’s use of showbiz became apparent when the Kingston Trio named one of their songs after him so as to make people increasingly aware of Dooley and his work. Fisher also presents the Kingston Trio’s song “Tom Dooley” as evidence for Dooley’s successful self-marketing while also pointing to Dr. America (Thanh Mo America), a term people in Laos used to glorify Dooley
Thomas Anthony Dooley III was the seventh-most well-known name in the world after Winston Churchill, Pope John XXIII, Albert Schweitzer, and a few other prominent figures.The song was released at the height of Tom Dooley mania in the US in 1958. So, consider the song as cross brand promotional.
Mr Dooley, it was claimed was a great humanitarian doctor. Highly questionable
Excerpts from the extremely lengthy LA Times article
IN APRIL, 1956, MOST AMERICANS got their first glimpses of Vietnam through the eyes of a 27-year-old naval officer named Tom Dooley. The fevered, patriotic prose of his book, "Deliver Us From Evil," filled 27 pages of Reader's Digest with a first-hand account of Operation Passage to Freedom, the U.S. Navy boat-lift moving refugees from newly communist North Vietnam to the soon-to-be-democratic South.The book, presented as fact, was purely fictional. A way to get readers emotionally involved in the situation in Vietnam. To tug at the heart and loosen the purses and wallets. Particularly amongst the Catholic crowd
To many readers, Dooley's book seemed to be more than a compelling chronicle of this operation; it reflected the sensibilities and concerns of a Cold War humanitarian and idealist. "All in Viet Nam dream and strive for freedom," he had written, "the people who toil in the rice fields with backs bent double and faces turned to the brackish mud, the naked children playing in the monsoon, the little fruit sellers in the arroyos of the markets and the poor with amputated arm or hand outstretched. They have one dream: Freedom."My how little has changed? That is what struck me about this bit of history. How really and truly nothing has changed in the way we are given heroes. With a supporting narrative. Created to strike all the right chords.
Only now there are more mediums to present the lies across, truly drawing us all into a contrived matrix: something within or from which something else originates, develops, or takes form
Dooley's book "Deliver Us From Evil,, was written with CIA assistance-
Such a book would be just the tool the Navy needed to make Operation Passage to Freedom a success. Officially, the operation had a simple objective--moving hundreds of thousands of refugees and getting French weapons out of reach of the communists. But more important was its classified purpose: to create a strong constituency in South Vietnam for Diem, who had next to none. Catholic, like the reviled French, and just back from three years of exile in the United States, Diem was subject to suspicion that he was a puppet of his American mentor, Cardinal Francis Spellman, as well as the French and the U.S. Department of State.Yes, the US wanted a refugee crisis created to create conditions for an election win beneficial to US interests.
The operation was a two-part attempt to bolster Diem. First, there was a psychological-warfare campaign organized by the CIA's Edward Lansdale, aimed at frightening northern Catholics into fleeing south. This phase, involving such scare tactics as bombings falsely attributed to the Viet Minh and pamphlets warning that Catholics would be tortured or slain under communist leader Ho Chi Minh, was meant to stock the South with people who would vote for Diem and support his administration.There were real bombings, perpetrated by the French or the US.
In Dooley, the Navy found a media magnet. He was not only handsome and eloquent but also confident that vanquishing communism in Asia was a matter of showing people the benefits of the American way of life, and he could express this in a spirited, captivating and infectious way. The Navy granted him a leave to write his book. Dooley, an ambitious dreamer, soon had visions of parlaying any resulting publicity into a position as Navy surgeon general. And the Navy was prepared to distinguish his accounts with an official imprimatur. But they were not prepared to deal with the discovery that he was a homosexual.They were very prepared to deal with his homosexuality. His homosexuality made him very pliable.
He also allegedly had a penchant for young boys-- which was likely the more problematic issue
The book told of how he had treated children whose feet had been crushed to "moist bags of marbles" by soldiers, and of a priest who had had nails driven into his skull in a mockery of the crown of thorns of Jesus--sensational atrocities that found their way into the book reviews and into the hearts of readers.
The atrocities, he wrote, "seemed almost to have a religious significance. I was accustomed by now to patching up emasculated men and women whose breasts had been mutilated and evenlittle children without fingers or hands. But more and more I was learning that these punishments were linked to the refugees' belief in God."
In one long passage, he described a priest who, he said, had been hung by his feet and beaten for defying a Viet Minh order to stop saying Mass at night. When Dooley encountered him, he was "lying on a bamboo stretcher, writhing in agony, his lips moving in silent prayer. When I pulled away the dirty blanket, I found that his body was a mass of blackened flesh from the shoulders to the knees. The belly was hard and distended, and the scrotum swollen to the size of a football. I gave him a shot of morphine and inserted a large needle in the scrotum in an attempt to draw off some of the fluid."
Dooley provided a compelling catalogue of horrors. But, as U.S. officials knew early on, the horrors were completely unsubstantiated. None of Dooley's correspondence, official or personal, describes the atrocities, that, in his book, he attributes to the communists. There are no corroborating accounts in the war diaries kept by Navy commanders nor in anything Dooley wrote during the operation.
The many letters he had mailed home from Haiphong describe dismal conditions to be expected as a consequence of a protracted war--squalor, disease and battle-related injuries. But there was no mention of atrocities, says Lederer, who now lives in Peacham, Vt., because "those things never happened. The atrocities he described in his books either never took place or were committed by the French. I traveled all over the country and never saw anything like them." And he didn't see Dooley's accounts of the atrocities until after the book came outThe catalogue of horrors didn't exist and those that did exist were horrors perpetrated by French troops stationed in Vietnam.
Dooley's descriptions encouraged one more fundamentally flawed perception: He implied that most Vietnamese, like most of the refugees, were Catholic, when, in fact, fewer than 10% were. "The adults had children on their backs and by the hand, and even the older kids toted babies," he wrote. "Across their shoulders they carried balance poles with shallow baskets at either end. There they had their meager belongings--clothing, rice bowls, heirlooms and, invariably, a crucifix."The book had to be written is this way because it was intended to draw in the Catholic population of the day
The reason for the distortion was obvious. It would be hard to muster support for Diem in a country where he was at odds with 90% of the population and was considered a relic of a French regime despised by those wanting independence. By writing as though the Catholics' fears of persecution were shared by all Vietnamese, Dooley made a compelling case that Americans should be actively concerned for the fate of that country. As journalist Robert Scheer would observe in an article published 10 years later, "Tom Dooley's major achievement . . . was to convince the American public that the U.S. must come to the aid of these people"Convince Americans of the need to save the Vietnamese...............
The protests about the book's veracity were ignored. Tom Dooley's editor, Robert Giroux, had an idea that the book wasn't, strictly speaking, true. "But," he says, "it had the essence of truth." And given the Cold War climate, he observes, that was just as good.
The Navy, for its part, had wholeheartedly endorsed the book--Adm. Arleigh A. Burke, Chief of U.S. Naval Operations, had even written the introduction. If the Navy had any qualms about the truth of Dooley's accounts, they went unexpressed. And the book, when it was released, was a runaway bestseller.The essence of truth. Like truthiness.
Regarding Dooley's sexual orientation
During his tour, detectives from the Office of Naval Intelligence had tailed Dooley, and their final report runs to 700 pages. It represents hundreds of hours spent rifling through his briefcase, engaging him in leading and suggestive conversations and listening at bars and hotel-room doors. At the Statler Hotel in New York, Dooley was observed entering the bar. "He (Dooley) immediately stood beside a young fellow in civilian clothes," the informant reported, "and struck up a conversation, the following statements of which were overheard:Which leads me to suspect that the issue was not just one of homosexuality. Some reporting indicates that Mr. Dooley was openly gay. So, the overkill may have had more to do with allegations of pedophilia. Something that could turn the public away from the hero and of course, much more importantly, the agenda
"Subject (Dooley): 'Are you married? Are you a Roman Catholic? Do you go to church often?'
" . . . Subject and civilian left the bar and proceeded to subject's room."
If Navy investigators had simply wanted to prove Dooley was homosexual, what they produced was overkill. It seems they were after more--proof that his conduct would damage the Navy. Proof, in other words, that he wasn't fit to serve
Customarily, the Navy casts off homosexuals in a deliberately demeaning manner--stripping them of their bars in front of an assembly of officers and enlisted men. But the Navy couldn't dismiss Dooley that way. In fact, it couldn't even acknowledge that it had let him go. It had decorated the man and endorsed his book, and both would be worthless to them if the young
doctor's sexual orientation were known. So Dooley and the officers charged with his dismissal concocted an alibi. Dooley would announce that he was leaving the Navy in order to serve the people of Vietnam in his own way.
"The brass say I'm more Navy now that I'm out than when I was in," Dooley wrote to console his mother, though he couldn't have wanted her to understand exactly what he meant by that. The Navy could ruin him now. The investigations had destroyed his dream of becoming Navy surgeon general. And, with a simple lapse of discretion, it could devastate any dreams he might replace it with.More malleable then ever
Early in Dooley's promotional tour, he stopped at the Willard Hotel in Washington to address the lobbying group American Friends of Vietnam.(intelligence connected) There, he met two men who could help him get back to Vietnam: Leo Cherne and Angier Biddle-Duke. Cherne, a longstanding member of the President's advisory board on intelligence, was president of the International Rescue Committee,(CIA created and still active in more then one country) an organization devoted to helping certain political refugees escape persecution.Dooley planned to go back to Vietnam, but....
Among the refugees the group had assisted was Ngo Dinh Diem, finding him sanctuary with Spellman, then arranging his return to Saigon as an "unofficial" adviser. Biddle-Duke, chairman of the IRC, agreed with Cherne that Dooley would be an asset to their campaign to win more U.S. support for their protege.
Dooley thought his popularity--his celebrity--would free him from the Navy's grasp. But he was wrong. Cherne and Biddle-Duke knew about the Navy's intelligence report, and what they knew--and what they observed for themselves--made them nervous. Dooley was often indiscreet; he might, if left on his own, inadvertently give himself away and sabotage the very campaign he was meant to advance. They asked Gilbert Jonas, a publicist and executive secretary of their allied group, American Friends of Vietnam, to spend two days with him--to help him stifle the "telltale" mannerisms and to bring him up to date on foreign policy objectives.
The International Rescue Committee had something else in mind, and Dooley, dependent on its sponsorship, couldn't make a move without it. At an IRC dinner, ostensibly in his honor, Dooley was told that Operation Brotherhood, a CIA-trained Filipino medical corps, already had Vietnam's health-care needs covered. Then he was introduced to the ambassador from Laos, Ourot Souvannavong, who invited him to open a clinic near his capital city, Vientiane.
Dooley's "independent mission" to Laos, then, was not independent of the CIA or the Navy. Dooley was too much of a loose cannon to be trusted with substantial intelligence responsibilities, but as an eloquent anti-communist committed to peace by means of human services, he could be counted on generally to fire in the right direction. Dooley was useful as a spokesman and a symbol, and, to some degree, as a spy and a courier. In return for his support, the Navy wanted "situation reports." Likewise, the rescue committee asked him to dispatch weekly "Letters from Laos."
The CIA asked him for help of a different order: The agency wanted him to take weapons, along with his pharmaceutical supplies and surgical gear, so he could bury caches of arms that agents could use to mobilize local militia. His task would be to promote his clinics as outposts of peace, all the while covertly preparing for battle and giving induction exams to Laotian boys to clear them for service in the militia. Dooley's clinics were early mobilization efforts--in a part of Indochina that was meant to be neutral.
Much of Dooley's Vientiane clinic project was a sham. Dooley's assistants were untrained and unqualified to give him the kind of help he would need to operate a legitimate clinic. His medicine chest was full of pills and elixirs that had been donated by Pfizer, a drug manufacturer, because they had expired and were no longer legal to sell in the United States. Yet feature stories in Life, Look, Newsweek and Time presented Dooley as an ideal role model in features titled "The Splendid American," "Do-it-Yourself Samaritan" and "The Schweitzer of Asia." (According to Ann Miller, Schweitzer was not flattered by the comparison. He considered Dooley a dilettante and a charlatan.)
Dennis Shepard, who spent several months with Dooley as a volunteer in Laos, remembers that Dooley would round up as many of his former patients as he could whenever potential sponsors came to tour the clinic, giving the impression that he had a full and active hospital. In fact, he handled few cases, and the hospital was largely empty. According to Shepard, Miller and others, local CIA officers came by often to find out if Dooley had picked up anything about the movement of Chinese troops. They also came, Shepard remembers Dooley telling him, to ensure that the weapons Dooley had brought up with his medical supplies were well-hidden and secure. Shepard adds that he thought Dooley, always after a way to inflate his importance, may have been bluffing. But home movies Dooley took of his move to Nam Tha show a boatload of rifles, jealously guarded by his escorts--armed members of the Laotian militia.
According to Ted Werner, Dooley exaggerated too much to be really useful to the CIA. "They would ask me to report on certain things when I was up there visiting Dooley, which was an indication to me they weren't relying on him in that sense," he says. Yet the weapons cache made the clinic an outpost of sorts, in contrast to its publicized purpose.Ted Werner downplays Dooley, but, the facts speak for themselves. Dooley was created as a heroic figure. His clinics were publicized. He actively participated in all manner of covert ops
And the clinic was publicized. It made sensational copy, as this lead from a New York Daily News story suggests: "I have come halfway around the world to report one of the most dramatic stories in modern medicine. An incredible journey in Laos to within five miles of the Red Chinese border took me to the primitive land where Dr. Thomas A. Dooley operates a hospital at Nam Tha."
Before long, Dooley had become a familiar and favorite guest on radio and television talk shows, including the popular programs hosted by Arthur Godfrey and Jack Paar. He had his own radio show, broadcast over KMOX, St. Louis, ostensibly recorded each week in Laos. But according to Werner, who was present at several recording sessions, Dooley often set up his tape recorder during idle moments--wherever he happened to be--and improvised his "true" stories of life at the clinic while Werner and others faked ambient jungle sounds. Dooley was even the celebrated guest on "This Is Your Life." Once again, his audience was deceived. While the program usually lured the celebrant on a ruse, Werner says that Dooley's appearance was made with his knowledge and direction. Unwitting viewers didn't know that Dooley's reaction--utter surprise--wasn't spontaneous.Whispers about his sexuality were quashed by those that supported him
The rumors died before most people heard them, killed off by those who had invested in his image. The Navy issued denials--restating that Dooley had resigned from the Navy only to continue his humanitarian work in Indochina. And Life ran a three-page spread, replete with photographs of the good doctor at work and at play. Churches, schools, and corporations went on with fund drives for Dooley, while Reader's Digest bid with other publications for exclusive rights to his next piece.His homosexuality wasn't really a problem- shrugs shoulders.
Within a year, Dooley came home, swinging through the country to solicit support. He had it in mind to franchise himself, to set up a foundation called MEDICO (Medical International Cooperation) to sustain a network of clinics throughout the developing world. He also intended to move farther north in Laos, near the Chinese border, so that he would be close to the action--if any developed.Thomas Anthony Dooley develops an extremely deadly form of melanoma-
Dooley parlayed his cancer treatment into a public-relations event. He invited CBS News to film his operation at New York's Sloan Kettering Medical Center, and the network dispatched cameras. On film, in contrast to the grave, stentorian CBS commentator Howard K. Smith, Dooley, painfully thin and wearing a bathrobe, was calm and straightforward. He has agreed to have his surgery broadcast, he said, to comfort other cancer victims and to promote MEDICO. The resulting footage, titled "Biography of a Cancer," was broadcast nationally on April 21, 1960, and ended on a sanguine note. On television, Dooley's doctor told him he would survive for years. In fact, Dooley knew that he had a year, at most, to live.
He died one day after his birth day at the age of 34.
Change up the story a bit -insert Angelina Jolie/Earth mother
Or Russel Brand and his Jesus complex
History repeats, because, we never learn any real history. And we get sucked in by the same lies. That was the biggest lesson I took away from the saga of Thomas A Dooley
Devout humanitarian catholic- betrothed to his work.
Just a bit more.......... Here
It was February of 1959 when Dooley and his staff took a two-week trip back to visit Nam Tha, traveling part of the way by boat. As they were returning, they stopped at several villages: some along the smaller Nam Tha River and others on the larger Mekong River. On his way to one of those villages, Dooley lost his balance and fell down a 25-foot slope. He landed on some rocks, gashing his head and hurting his chest and arm. At the time, this seemed like a fairly minor incident; but later it assumed much larger significance.
Dr. Dooley's chest pains increased. By June a small lump on his upper chest had gotten larger. His arm also continued to ache badly.
In July, Dr. Bill Van Valin, a friend of Dooley's, came for a week's visit. After an examination, Van Valin performed surgery to remove the lump (or tumor). When the doctors checked it, they found its color was jet black. Medical knowledge in 1959 told them that such a tumor was probably cancerous, but confirmation was necessary.
Can one contract malignant melanoma from injuring oneself ? The way the piece linked above is written it reads as if there is a connection? Where had I heard this type of narrative previously? Ah, yes. Another famous man, who had also become a liability and as coincidence would have it has also contracted melanoma from an injury. Curiously, dying at a very young age. And of course we have the required CIA links That person was Bob Marley. AP's excellent post- Bob Marley- Everything happens for a reason.The tumor was sent to a hospital in Bangkok, Thailand which had the facilities to do required tests. In the meantime Dooley continued to work, in spite of his discomfort and the uncertainty he felt.
* Very superficial coverage of Unethical human experimentation- including injecting people with cancer cells, knowing it would increase their chances of contracting cancer
Chester M. Southam, a Sloan-Kettering Institute researcher, injected live cancer cells into prisoners at the Ohio State Prison. Also at Sloan-Kettering, 300 healthy women were injected with live cancer cells without being told. The doctors stated that they knew at the time that it might cause cance
As if two relatively you men dying of melanoma from injuries, who had both become liabilities to the ptb's isn't strange enough? While looking up the doctor who treated Dooley, initially, Dr Bill Van Valin? Friend? Compatriot in the CIA business? Well he is affiliated with a known CIA operation. Seems likely he too would be an operative. While searching Dr Bill's name, I did find was a doctor of the same name linked to Michael Jackson? Dr Bill Van Vallin II Who seemed to be involved in drugging Michael Jackson?