author of "American Gangster – Operation Beaucoup Dinky Dau"
John A. Girardi
Co-Host & Partner at Girardi | Keese
Steve Murphy, author of "American Gangster – Operation Beaucoup Dinky Dau"
Steve Murphy is not your typical writer. He might be your most atypical writer right up there with Hemmingway and Louis L’Amour, because like them, he struck out on high adventure, at the age of 17, traveling throughout South America to Mexico City, Panama, Bogota, Columbia, to Peru, across the Andes to Cusco, Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, Copacabana, to La Paz, Bolivia and to Santiago, Buenos Aires, Iguazu Falls, Brasilia, Sao Paulo, and then he enlisted in the US Army, and volunteered for the Infantry, and Vietnam, where he served with the 1st Infantry Division, and later with a MAT, Mobile Advisory Team. After discharge from the Army in Vietnam, Steve spent the next five years working covertly as a “contractor” to the Central Intelligence Agency’s Phoenix Program’s Counterinsurgency and Counterterrorism project, on a never before revealed project known by the innocuous cover name, “Operation Beaucoup Dinky Dau” that worked directly with South Vietnam’s Minister of Economic Development, the US Military brass, and coordinated the largest Black-Market Operation ever sanctioned by the CIA. ”Operation Beaucoup Dinky Dau”, although fictionalized provides a complete account of a secret operation that was never supposed to be revealed, unfolding new insights into America’s Vietnam war. This story draws on the experiences and accounts of those men, led by a former SSG/MAT Team Advisor, John D. Walker, known in Saigon as Johnnie Walker or the “The Fixer”, and those who directed the covert operation from the senior corridors of Washington DC and the CIA. Steve gained highly unusual access to the records and the individuals who ran this top secret covert organization, “Operation Beaucoup Dinky Dau”, which supplied the U.S.-led indigenous teams (Montagnards, Chinese Nungs, and Meo tribesmen) fighting the North Vietnamese Army. The Operation directed flights of the CIA’s Air America program that flew civilians, diplomats, spies, refugees, commandos, sabotage teams, doctors, war casualties, DEA officers, and visiting VIPs. They coordinated many of the “Food Drops” (known as “Rice Drops”) and the “Hard Drops” (Ammo and weapons drops) to the Meo and Hmong tribesmen fighting against Communist Pathet Lao, as well as to the Phoenix Program’s operations to destroy the Infrastructure, and the political organization of the Viet Cong and the NVA. They also directed the airlift of a humanitarian mission to build US hospitals and provide development aid of $450 million to prop up as a façade to covert operations. The Operations also included moving Pacification cash to village chiefs, stolen PX goods, Converting Vietnamese military trust funds, operating a U.S. funded casino for entrapment of black-market money, i.e. “Beaucoup Dinky Dau”. Their motto was the same as Air America’s slogan …. “Anything, Anywhere, Professionally”. Besides his writing Steve’s extraordinary dedication and a passion for the underdog, so he himself in producing, directing, and writing over 900 Network TV Shows and Documentaries, traveling all around America…. Stories all based on real life David v Goliath legal stories, broadcast as the Insider Exclusive Investigative Network TV Series “Justice in America” as seen here @ http://insiderexclusive.com The Insider Exclusive Investigative TV Show Series, a “60 Minute” style Investigative TV Show Series, “Behind the Headlines Investigative Journalism” reports the graphic truth of the “Real Justice in America”, and the truth about real “ordinary” people, their real lives, and the lawyers who guide them through the legal maze they face in extreme life-altering adversities… Always up close and personal, gritty and provocative, and always unfiltered. Some of Steve’s other bestsellers are: 1) The Lords Of Kampuchea Murders 2) Bob’s Heavenly Probation Officer 3) Pilar Marti Zuniga – Cuba’s Freedom Fighter 4) Growing Up Murphy
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BASED ON THE EXPLOSIVE TRUE STORY OF A TOP SECRET COVERT OPERATION known by the innocuous cover name, “OPERATION BEAUCOUP DINKY DAU”, the clandestine “unofficial, off-the-grid logistics Support Operation” to funnel millions of dollars of US military aid to the U.S. led Indigenous teams, the Montagnards in the CIA’s Phoenix Program, fighting North Vietnamese forces during 1968-1973.
This never before told story was never supposed to see the light of day because it tells the story of the covert operations campaign, “OBDD” waged on behalf of the US Government against the North Vietnamese, but also reveals the intimate relationship of the top leadership of the Johnson and Nixon administrations in that campaign. A special unit in the Pentagon was tasked to supervise the mission authorization program. Known as the Office of Special Assistant for Counterinsurgency and Special Activities (SACSA) and reporting directly to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, it was responsible for coordinating the approval procedures for all “OBDD” operations.
Casting light on the Federal Government’s links with organized crime and how a highly decorated American MAT Team Advisor Vietnam Veteran, Johnnie Walker, became Saigon’s most successful American Gangster, as well as the most influential “unofficial” Defense Attaché Office (DAO) “Contractor” to the CIA’s Phoenix Program, while also becoming the most successful Black Marketeer in Vietnam, and the owner of the infamous supper club and casino, “Beaucoup Dinky Dau”. It’s a story most Americans have never heard of and shines a new and disturbing light on the role of the United States in the creation of communist Vietnam, and their treatment of the indigenous tribes that fought for the CIA’s Phoenix Program.
It’s the story of the underbelly of the Saigon metropolis like few others. Corrupt Generals, shady Politicians, gangsters, prostitutes, bootleggers, opium addicts, jazz musicians, deserters, black marketeers, and your run of the mill criminals, murderers, thieves, and con artists – Johnnie observed and worked with them all in his underground black-market network. Johnnie Walker became very wealthy by dominating Saigon’s War profiteering, Black Market, Money Laundering, and Drug Trafficking for all the major Vietnamese Crime Lords Generals in Saigon, as well as for South Vietnam’s President Nguyễn Văn Thiệu, and Air Marshall /South Vietnam’s VP, Nguyễn Cao Kỳ.
His astounding change began in 1968 when he discovers that Washington intends to abandon his friends and former MAT Team Montagnards, “The Yards”, who were members of the CIA’s Phoenix program, and who he’d fought side by side with as a MAT Team Advisor in Pleiku. He loved “The Yards” and the War Orphans the Yards took care of, and he was going to make sure he did the “Right Thing” for them.It was an amazing turnabout for the once money-hungry Walker, because even though he did not begin his journey as a hero, by the time the war was winding down, he fulfilled every one of the great eight characteristics of heroes: he was smart, strong, resilient, selfless, caring, charismatic, reliable, and inspiring.
He used his cunning to bend the system to help him and his over 600 Yards and 100 Orphans escape Vietnam. He was strong in the face of constant danger and double-cross, and he placed the well-being of The Yards and Orphans above his own well-being. This big-shouldered “Crime Thriller Oskar Schindler Story” novel set in a mobbed-up late 1960s – 1970s Saigon, Pearl of the Orient, Vietnam, “American Gangster Operation Beaucoup Dinky Dau” is the first “Crime Thriller Oskar Schindler Story” to ever emerge from Vietnam. Across the canvas of a city peopled by the corrupt, the cynical, and the deceived, the author, Steve Murphy, crafts a wicked and tough saga of retribution and double cross.
John A. Girardi, Co-Host & Partner at Girardi | Keese
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