Luu Van Loi

 

Luu Van Loi Luu Van Loi, a retired senior ministry of Foreign Affairs official, was 94 years old at the time this interview was conducted. Loi, a native of the Hanoi area, was working as a junior official in the French colonial government when the Viet Minh recruited him to secretly join the “resistance” during the early 1940.

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Dinh Xuan Ba

 

Dinh Xuan BaFollowing completion of his secondary education, Dinh Xuan Ba joined the province assault youth organization and was sent off to support a number of major military campaigns, including the Dien Bien Phu operation.

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Luu Doan Huynh

 

Luu Doan HuynhWhen Henry Kissinger made a trip through Asia in the summer of 1971 was first announced, Luu Doan Huynh wrote an assessment for his superiors stating that he believed that Kissinger was planning to conduct secret negotiations with the Chinese during his stop-over in Pakistan. When it was revealed that Kissinger had used his stopover in Pakistan to make a secret trip to Beijing to initiate the Nixon Administration’s “opening to China,” Huynh was awarded a promotion for his prescient assessment.

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Van Ky

 

Van KyAs a 15-year old schoolboy in Thanh Hoa Van Ky joined the Viet Minh movement and worked clandestinely distributing leaflets and proselytizing. He was arrested by the French authorities in 1944 and imprisoned and tortured.

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Dr. Nguyen Thi Ngoc Toan

 

Dr. Nguyen Thi Ngoc ToanDr. Nguyen Thi Ngoc Toan, a female doctor who rose to the rank of colonel in the North Vietnamese army, was born into a wealthy, aristocratic family. Her father, Ton That Dan, was a member of the royal family and served as a minister in Emperor Bao Dai’s Imperial Cabinet.

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Colonel Tran Trong Trung

 

Tran Trong TrungTran Trong Trung joined the Viet Minh armed forces when the Japanese overthrew the French colonial government in early 1945. Because he spoke French and some English, he was sent to Tan Trao to serve as a Viet Minh liaison officer with the American Office of Strategic Services (OSS) team that was sent into North Vietnam to assist and train the Viet Minh in July 1945.

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Colonel Luu Dinh Mien

 

Luu Dinh MienLuu Dinh Mien was assigned to the General Political Department’s Enemy Proselytizing Branch [Cuc Dich Van]. He described his duties there as analyzing news reports and other information to develop enemy proselytizing themes to be used against U.S. and South Vietnamese troops.

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