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An Loc: The Unfinished War

Author: Tran Van Nhut   Series: Modern Southeast Asia

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Tran Van Nhut grew up with a great love for his country's history and served in the Army of South Vietnam from the Republics inception in 1954 until its demise in 1975. In 1970, he was appointed province chief of Binh Long (Peaceful Dragon) Province and commander of its Regional, Popular, and People Self Defense Forces.
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Tran Van Nhut grew up with a great love for his country's history and served in the Army of South Vietnam from the Republics inception in 1954 until its demise in 1975. In 1970, he was appointed province chief of Binh Long (Peaceful Dragon) Province and commander of its Regional, Popular, and People Self Defense Forces.

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The struggle for freedom in Vietnam goes on, said General Tran Van Nhut on the occasion of a Vietnam memorials dedication in 2004. It is a peaceful but unfinished war. Tran Van Nhut grew up with a great love for his country's history and served in the Army of South Vietnam from the Republics inception in 1954 until its demise in 1975. In 1970, he was appointed province chief of Binh Long (Peaceful Dragon) Province and commander of its Regional, Popular, and Peoples Self Defense Forces. It was in that capacity that he became involved in the sixty-six-day Battle of An Loc, in 1972, which ended in a significant South Vietnamese victory. From the book: 'Just after my helicopter took off, communist antiaircraft guns located north of An Loc directed a ferocious barrage at us. Luckily, not one round hit our helicopter, but when we tried to land at Loc Ninh, the curtain of North Vietnamese antiaircraft fire was so thick my American pilot was unable to land there. Looking down on Loc Ninh from above, my heart sank. Smoke curled skyward from the town. Heavy artillery barrages rained down on district military headquarters and the headquarters of 9th Regiment, 5th Division'.

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Critic Reviews

"Readers will find An Loc a remarkable story that is forthright and convincing, including Nhut's critical examination of President Ngo Dinh Diem. There are subtleties which are intriguing, for example, his chapter on the coup against Diem provides a stirring retelling of his participation in the events that led to the removal and assignation of Diem and his brother... His story helps readers understand what did happen and why." --Savannah "Savvy" Jones, , May 2009

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About the Author

The recipient of more than sixty South Vietnamese medals as well as many U.S. decorations, Tran Van Nhut ended his career as a brigadier general. He and his family are members of the expatriate Vietnamese community in Santa Ana, California. Christian L. Arevian, who assisted General Tran in editing his reflections, is author of A Conservative View of the Vietnam Era (2006). A native of Aleppo, Syria, Arevian currently resides in Greensboro, North Carolina.

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Product Details

Publisher
Texas Tech University Press | Texas Tech Press,U.S.
Published
31st May 2009
Pages
227
ISBN
9780896726451
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