51. I am engrossed so far, but I want to study it more, before I reply. It's
done very well, and shows a different perspective that certainly little has been
written about the many soldiers of the South Vietnamese army who served with
distinction. Unfortunately, because of the often negative news media reporting,
these unsung heroes were not often mentioned---only the units that didn't
perform well were deemed newsworthy at the time, such was the nature of the
Vietnam war. It was a people's war, not a conventional war, and the military
often had to fight with one hand behind its back because of politics, which made
it unpopular, and in the end, unwinnable, but not because of gallant men like
your older brother. (Don Rast, Baton Rouge, La. Nam 69-70-72).
52. I can't tell you how thrilled I was to find and read your web page. Your
brother was a great general and a genuine hero to his country. You are to be
commended for creating this work to document and preserve his honorable service
to his country.
The dedication and work of men like General Hieu has been overshadowed by
stories of less honorable, less courageous officers who unfortunately often
became the stereotype for ARVN leadership. These men did not have the high
standards General Hieu lived by, and many used their military career for greed
and corruption. Some were also cowards.
There is a parallel here because a similar distortion about the war exists
here in the states, and left unchallenged, it is literally becoming the accepted
history of the war. Because of their liberal political views, the news media,
Hollywood and academia have teamed up to perpetuate the image that we were wrong
to be in Viet Nam, that our intentions were not honorable, and that we did great
harm to the country of Viet Nam.
They have taken every opportunity to paint American soldiers in Viet Nam as
malcontents, drug addicts, drunks, misfits and (worst of all) indiscriminate
killers of innocent women and children. This image is perpetuated in movies, in
the news and on college campuses, and to those of us who served it wounds
greatly. They have taken some isolated incidents (which happen in all wars) and
portrayed them as the norm. Well it was not the norm. The drug and alcohol
problems were self-policed because our lives depended on each other. And we went
out of our way to protect the lives of Vietnamese civilians...many times at our
Unfortunately, movies like Apocalypse Now, Platoon and Coming Home have
become the accepted image of the war for most people here in the states. These
movies dishonor both ARVN and American participation in the War and make people
like General Hieu, General Westmoreland and the rest of us look like war
Fortunately there is one college trying to preserve the factual history of
the war and not the politically correct version. Texas Tech University has set
up a "Vietnam Center" for preserving this history, and many of the faculty are
actual Vietnam veterans. My guess is they would be interested in your brother's
story. I hope you will contact them.[...] I was stationed at LZ Betty, Phan
Thiet for the entire year of 1968. From your description alone, I know I would
have liked him. Thank you for your web page and keep up the good work.
[...] I was wondering if you had considered writing a book about your
brother's life. I think it's a story worth being told. (George
53. Thank you for the nice visit to your brother's page. As an advisor in
Viet Nam, I ran across many like your brother who was very dedicated to the
country and it's people. Just looking at a photo is one thing, but having lived
among your countrymen was for me a great pleasure. The unfortunate thing is the
country did fall and many brave people gave their lives for the country and
freedom. I am glad to see you have celebrated your brother's death in the spirit
of the living, Nothing can ever take away his and your families greatness. There
will come a day when history will correct what happened. We can only pray we are
here to see it. (John W. Bill Andrews, Sgt Major, USA Retired, Mystic,
54. The ARVN had many competent officers at the regimental level and down,
but at the divisional level and up, many generals were not competent. The
command of a division and a corps requires competency in strategy and general
staff. Many generals only knew how to attack as a buffalo, and lacked
strategy(i.e. Operation Lam Son 719, Highlands withdrawal of II Corps). I
greatly admire the competence and virtue of general Hieu, who had the ability to
command with strategy at the divisional level and up. (Pham Khiet, NJ).
55. I know that your brother has helped you a great deal in accomplishing
your home page, but I also believe that your talent as a researcher, an
organizer, and especially a writer, plays the key role in its success too.
Therefore why not start on the book on General Hieu now and he will be the
collaborator. You have surprised everybody with your ability to build a
beautiful garden out of a dump yard, as shown in your webpage. Now we are
waiting for the next surprise. (Anonymous, VA).
56. I have entered your Homepage and taken a look. It's great that you are
able to preserve all those documents! Thank you for providing me with all this
information. The reading of your page brings back memory of my dad who died 28
years ago, it's so touching. I will support your Homepage. Keep it up! (Bao
57. I visited your site. It is very well organized, loads very quickly, and
is easy to navigate. Most of all, it is a fine tribute to your brother, and
serves very well to honor his memory. (Cheryl Boswell).
58. This website is one of the websites I have bookmarked for easy return,
because it contains a quite amount of documents and valuable historical
documents. I have shown this website to a group of my Dalat Military Academy
classmates, which included a General. Seizing this occasion, if you are the
person who has the authority, I would like to ask your permission in lending a
hand in terms of circulating the documents contained in your website into mine,
as well as publishing them in magazines and periodicals currently issued in
Houston that I have good connection with. It's a token of my own appreciation
toward a General well respected of the ARVN.
As an Officer, graduate of Class 16/VNMA, I chose to serve the country with
the Marine Corps continuously 13 years amidst the battlefields, living in
hardship together with the foot soldiers, had ample opportunities to participate
in numerous military operations all over the 4 Tactical Regions, and thus I
witnessed numerous injustice incidents in the army. Therefore, I greatly admire
those Officers of the ARVN who were able to preserve their pride, integrity and
fortitude while they held power and money in their hands, which would easily
permit them to benefit for themselves and their families. Those are some of my
thoughts that I would like to share with you.
[...] Your website is so rich, before I intended to create a separated
webpage to divulge it in different parts, I realize I would destroyed its
richness. I have linked your website to mine (http://www.thwy.net/FreeVN/) for the
readers to enjoyed it in its entirety. On the front page, I entitled it "ARVN
Heroes". (Tran Van Hien, Houston).
59. This is my third visit to your web site, I really like the work you have
produced. Also this is the first contact I have made with a Vietnamese person
since 1967. By the way I think I may have served with your brother in Bong Son
in 1967. I was in country from Nov. 4, 1966 to Nov.1, 1967 with the 8th Engineer
Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division. I'm sure I participated in the "Eagles Claw"
Operation. Your Home Page is full of interest for me and I will be visiting
again, I have forwarded it to some of my Vietnam buddies as well. By the way I
know Simpson St., in the Bronx. It was part of the 41st Precinct (Fort Apache)
20 years ago. I am very happy to see through your efforts it is making a come
back... (Bill Sillery).
60. I was very pleased with your brother's history and it made me feel proud
that we worked together in Vietnam. Stay in contact with me I have friends who
may get this history published for the P.B.S. T.V. stations.
[...] I am working with Veterans Groups across the US. (Robert
61. I have learned some things from this site that I was not aware of. I
appreciate it and please stay in touch. It is a very informative site for me in
particular. If you are interested, please visit my home page site http://homepage.netspaceonline.com/~cu31/index.html.(Herschel
62. Hey, I visited your webpage and what I found is really amazing. It's
pretty funny how a lot of kids my age do not realize the importance of the
people who went before us and the people who fought in the Vietnam War that gave
their life up for the generation of today. Most of us in our brand name clothes
and other factors of enjoyment of the American life today tend to forget that
everything that we have till this day is due to the fact that people like
General Hieu gave his life for us back in the days. My dad fought in the Vietnam
War, he was a pharmacist in Phuoc Long, one day he was telling me about all the
stuffs that went on in our country when I wasn't born about the honor of some of
the Generals back in the day that would kill themselves rather than give up to
the communist. That is something which I admire immensely. General Hieu
unfortunately didn't have the opportunity to fight for the South Vietnam before
the war ended because of his assassination but I know that from his character
and from what you said of him in this webpage he is a truly admirable character
and would probably kill himself rather than be arrested by the communists.
Anyway, I just want to say congratulation for such a great website, I wish there
were more information on stuffs like that so I can learn more about the people
that went before me. I was born in the United States so I don't know much about
Vietnamese history, but I wish I could learn more, if you know anything about
any website or anything like that please send me the address. I would sincerely
appreciate it. (Paul KD)
63. I applaud your memorial to your brother, perhaps there is another way to
obtain the information from the CIA/Government in regards to the death of your
brother, one must not give up until a satisfactory explanation is given, do you
travel back to Viet Nam? Please let me know I may be able to give you another
avenue of information... (Fred).
64. As a Marine infantry soldier, and eventually became a squad leader, I
personally want to thank all the ARVN soldiers who worked together with the U.S.
Military in helping preserve freedom in Vietnam. As a husband and father of 3
children I pray everyday for forgiveness for having to kill. When as a young
person growing up, as we were taught one of the ten commandments was Thou Shall
Not Kill. I pray for all the men and women and children who died in your
country. It's been over 30 years since I've been there but I can remember still
like it was only yesterday. Some of the areas I remember the most was Phu
Bai-Quang Tri Province, Nam-Pen, Bun-Laul, Ka-suon and of course Danang. We need
to pray for peace in the World everyday, remember united we stand, divided we
[...]Reading about the death of your brother: He was truly a hero my friend,
and I believe his death was no accident. God our creator tells us who should
ever lay his life down for another shall have eternal life. I believe that with
my whole heart, Tin your brother is in heaven with Our Creator. He will always
be in my prayers from this day forward, your brother in Christ,...stay in touch,
great site...(Tony 3/5 Lima Co 1st Marine Division).
65. Thanks a lot for the address to your webpage. I haven't got a very good
computer, so it's a little hard for me to get around on the net. I haven't read
it all yet. I am very sorry about your Brother. I am a Police Officer with 25
years service, and from what you write, it sure wasn't an accident or a suicide.
I lost a whole Platoon on Hamburger Hill, I wasn't with them that day or I
wouldn't be writing this. I also lost my only Brother to an airplane crash in
1989 here in the States. At least your Brother lost his life for a honorable
cause, my Brother 's death was stupid. My Platoon's death was unnecessary.
(Danny L. Crafton).
66. You can count the number of competent ARVN Generals on your fingers.
General Hieu is one of them. Today accidentally I surfed in General Hieu's Page,
I was very touched, moved and angry whenever I re-read articles about General
Hieu's death. We hope that General Hieu's death will be clarified in the near
future. So that every body knows about General Hieu's biography, exploits and
merits, we have linked General Hieu's page to our 79bn/Rangers' page, hope you
don't mind. (on behalf of 79bn/Rangers, Huynh Van Chau, http://www.td79bdq.org/).
67. I have visited your tribute to your brother, and found it to be very
educational. I have taken the liberty of adding a link to you from my Table of
Contents page (www.geocities.com/Pentagon/Quarters/7648/index.html).
I have seen very few sites where one may learn about the ARVN. (Linda).
68. The chronological order of the articles would be of great help to
Your new articles containing new information or old information assembled in
a different way to create a better understanding of the facts help the public
obtain a clearer picture of anh Hieu and a more adequate understanding of how
the facts are related to one another.
As you gather more pertinent and more factual information from your
correspondence with various people involved in the events, your articles gain
more historical weight. (Tri).
69. Your website was most sobering. I left Vietnam when I was a very young
teenager. The exploits of VN soldiers and officers weren't very impressive by my
reading of American soldiers and by my family. For years I have tried to hold my
standards as a paratrooper in the US Army to be higher than my peers so that I
could erase the stigma with ARVN soldiers. To prove that a VN warrior is on par
with many and better than most. I've learned a lot since my youth. I know now
that there are honorably warriors in the rank of ARVN. Too bad the rest couldn't
be like these heroes. I am honored to walk in the shadows of the General. Of
Tran Hung Dao. Of Ngo Quyen. Of Le Loi, Le Lai.
70. I thank you for your invitation to visit the website about your brother.
I am always interested in hearing about fellow veterans. Your brother appears to
have been a great soldier and a great man. Is it possible that I may have run
into him in either the US basecamp at Bearcat or Long Binh? Did he at one time
wear a large Bowie knife at his side? I seem to recall briefly meeting a person
of identical appearance and impressive stature during my tour (which was June
1968 to June 1969.) Again thank you for the invitation, I am sure that your
brother is honored by your actions. (John Spizzirri).
71. We too, as vets, would like the truth about many things but all we get
are lies from the government. History will tell, it always has. Sorry about your
brother, I'm sure he was a GOOD man, that's why they killed him...I really
enjoyed the pictures. (Manuel Alvarez).
72. We have visited ARVN General Hieu. He was the pride of the Army of the
Republic of Vietnam. We will link his website to ours. We wish you much success
in the new year. (Nguyen Manh Cuong, Con Ong Magazine).
73. I was stationed in South East Asia, mainly in Thailand during the Viet
Nam "war". Very close to the Thai, Cambodian, Lao boarder. I am sorry that your
brother is gone. I have two brothers. Your (the Vietnamese) people showed great
strength and endurance and still do. At 19, I grew up in South East Asia. A day
does not go by that I am not there. A day does not go by that I don't miss my
friends who gave their lives for what they believed in. They are here however.
Your brother is also here. In the wind, their voices carry through. What we must
never forget to do is take the time to listen. Good luck in your quest for the
truth. Believe it or not, it will prevail. (Josiah Tyzzer).
74. Whilst I understand your determination to get to the bottom of this event
and to publicly expose any criminal activity by anyone in relation to the
General's death, I would not hold out any hope of being absolutely convinced of
any findings you have or will uncover. Twenty five years buries a lot of sins.
Also this was about the time of the fall of Saigon. I suppose you have tried
asking the Vietnamese Government if they have any information. The
correspondence between you and the American military is classic. Good luck.
PS the Makarov pistols (and re-conditioned Colt .45s still in air tight
sealed plastic) have been on sale here in Australia at one gun shop I attend. I
was told that the Colts (and lots of other stores) were from Vietnam and were
captured by the North Vietnamese forces. There were other Russian pistols also
on sale from Vietnam. Apparently of no further use to the Government and were
sold to get foreign currency. They were in Australia as they were forbidden to
be sold in the USA as they are still considered US property and would have been
confiscated. (Noel Lewis).
75. I was very impressed with you web page. You really put together a nice
package. I can see that your deep love for your brother has motivated you to
present this compelling story. (Dylan Gilbert).
76. The web page probably took you a lot of time to design and implement it.
I took a quick look at your web page and felt sad about the story. As a soldier,
a witness, a "re-educated" inmate and a victim in that lost war, I felt very
sorry of your great loss. We lost the war because of the corrupt government,
lousy leadership and the bad allied who served mostly for their interests. You
and your family are probably restless on pursuit of the truth of your brother's
death. I hope that some days with your effort, the truth will come out and the
suspected should be brought to justice for their crime so that your Brother can
rest in peace. General Nguyen Van Hieu was already gone but his feats and word
should be told, praised in ARVN's military history, and inherited by his
grandchildren. I wish that the issue like this can be solved and never happens
again. It appears that I can sense His Spirit of Courage and Heroic Acts in this
world. On occasion of the Vietnamese New Year, I hope you and your family have a
better life on this opportunity land. Thanks for sharing. (Le Thien Si).
77. Joe Hertel, president of the Viet Nam War Museum, had forwarded your
e-mail to me several weeks ago, however, due to illness and a trip, I have not
been able to update our pages until now. I was quite impressed with your
web-site, and have linked to it from the Museum's links page which is routed
from its main page at: http://members.aol.com/mraffin/vnmuseum.htm.
Congratulations on a very fine web site. (Michael J.M. 'Doc' Raffin, 1st.
Bde., 5th. Infantry Div. [Mech], Quang Tri Province, 24 July 1968 - 29 March
78. Thank you for an e mail...with the www. page address of your brother, it
is quite an interesting one... I am curious, what make you to send it to me? I
am nothing important, but my family having a trouble time in Vietnam War... We
lost good men, and one of them is POW (Lt. Gene. Robinson Risner, USAF) I am
sure you know the history of his... Well, ... I wish we did won the war ... but
conflict in our mainland and our moral is so low... I am sorry that we failed to
save Vietnam... but, someday Vietnam will return to the Democracy or Republic
with capitalism view in the future, so do not give up the hope... blend your
culture to our culture, to be an American is to have many cultures into one,
SMILE! (Dewey Charles Mosshart the fourth, Owner of La Mossa's Cafe).
79. With the aftermath of the Vietnam war, I totally lost faith in all of our
past leaders and even today community leaders. Your brother story is like a
fresh morning shower which awake my beliefs and senses of patriot spirit of a
free Vietnam. The insight and info are well taken. Finally I proudly have some
one to show to my children as a hero and role model. Thanks. (Julian Duy
80. Congratulations!...Your site definitely qualifies for the "Critical Mass
Award". A very nice site, good design, great photos, and your content is
informative, entertaining, presented well and easy to access. A worthy tribute
and a positive contribution to the Web. Thanks for helping make the Web a mor
interesting, and attractive place to visit. I really enjoyed my visit to your
site and will return again when time permits. (Bill Darling,http://rio.atlantic.net/~bdarl).
81. I have read almost all your page that I found very interesting. Tell me
how long did it take you in terms of preparation in order to get so much
information on your brother? You ought to love him immensely to be able to
achieve such a task. I sympathize with your eagerness in wanting to know the
truth about his death and I am terribly sorry that no one is able to help you
clarify this mystery... It's sad, me too concerning my uncle - General Nguyen
Viet Thanh - who was honest and died as such. A helicopter accident, similar to
General Phan Dinh Soan, General Do Cao tri, what do you think?... The Vietnam
war had killed my youth and also of so many others, and what is happening now?
Do you know that young Vietnamese called us "Nguy Quan" (evil soldiers): and
why? Because we had lost the war and we are living exiles with our memories and
our dreams of vengeance. Forgive me, Mr. Tin, for speaking like this. There is
too much loss and too much blood for absolutely nothing! Look at our country
nowadays, what is going on. The cycle is starting again??? My family is now
scattered all over, I had lost a brother who was trying to escape in 1978. I had
lost 145 brothers in Lam Son 719 and Quang Tri operations. I was lucky to
survive to this day and am able to talk to you, I am a Lucky Guy, Mr. the
professor...Yes I like your page and I like your brother General Hieu's purity.
I salute and respect him as a soldier and a genuine one... (Thai Thuc Hoang
82. I am so impressed with General Hieu's History and am proud of him along
with your family. Currently I am with the Nha Ky Thuat (Commandos) Group. I will
go through your homepage information and I will try to get the information to
you. (Hoa Pham).
83. Been up all nite just seen your letter Web site. It was great. Talk to
you later, going to get some rest now. (Ed, Co.B, 25th AVN BN, 25th Division,
Vietnam 1966 to 1970).
84. I am impressed by General Hieu. I have been in the United States since I
was a child, and I am extremely interested in Vietnam history---Past to present.
I have read a lot of books regarding the Vietnam War and read past history over
the net. When I read the Vietnam War books, I only heard about Ho Chi Minh and
his legions. I am also impressed by him. It is no matter who fought for who, but
it is a matter if they have the heart of loving Vietnam. Thanks. I have put your
page as link in my page: http://underworld.fortunecity.com/sonic/202/world.html.
(Anh T. Bui).
85. I am pleased to read about the valiant and honorable actions of your
brother. I am currently a cadet at the United States Military Academy and the
information about your brother's leadership qualities are indispensable. For
many years, I have been quite interested in the Vietnam War and it is rare to
find something remotely flattering about an ARVN general. It seems as though the
information regarding the great men of the South is buried in history. I am glad
to know that men like your brother made the sacrifice of so many of America's
sons worthwhile. I cannot help but to feel a great deal of compassion upon
reading about General Hieu. I am sorry that Vietnam was lost and I am
increasingly more dismayed that our government refuses to learn the lessons of
that long and bitter war. Again I thank you for this important information. If
there are others who are willing to listen, I will definitely show them this
website. (CDT Travis Cole, CO. H-1, USCC).
86. Well Tin, this was a good page to look at. Your brother certainly had a
great career in the ARVN. During my time in Vietnam with the Australian Army, I
spent time with the 2/52 or 53rd ARVN at Trang Bom and were with them during the
1968 Tet. We were attached along with American Advisors. Capt Probart and Sgt
Nance. Probart was killed in June/July.
I feel sorry for you with the CIA attitude and the lot that goes with it.
The Vietnam War was a dirty War, uncouth, and the casualties are still being
felt event to this day. I have changed so much since Vietnam. I feel sorry for
the families who were caught up in the cross fire and when I looked at some of
your brother's photos, some things rushed back to me. You should cherish his
family photos, of his wife and children, those beautiful daughters and cherish
his achievements and experience. [...] Keep searching, keep pestering the FOI
and the CIA, write to the President, get on to your local congressman/woman, but
keep fighting. (Nick Quigley).
87. Thank you for the invite to your brother's page, very nicely done. I am
sorry your brother was murdered. I left my youth and my heart in Nam! It haunts
still, the beauty and the horror. This was a "corrupt" war in which no one
won!...I am sorry. (Pete, 25th div- 1968).
88. By now, you have become a US Citizen I would think. And if this is the
case, you have representatives you elect to represent you in Washington, D.C.
One thing you should know, your vote does carry a good deal of clout in this
society. You might try to contact your senators and/or congressmen concerning
any questions you have about your brother's assassination. I am not saying it
will do any good, but it certainly can do no harm. And, if anyone can impose the
freedom of information act, it is your representative. On the other hand, if you
have not gotten naturalized as a citizen of this country, some of the laws may
not pertain to you, especially if they may infringe on national security
matters. My wife is from Saigon (Cho Lon) and I am a 13 year veteran of Vietnam,
38 year veteran of the US Army... Now some things I do know about the US
military complex...they do not "cover" up things as you may think. They do not
give out information freely, but that is a different matter. Sometimes they will
not give truthful information for other reasons, but somewhere the truth is
there about your brother's death. If the US was involved in anyway, and you just
have to keep digging.
My mother was killed in a military hospital in 1952. It was originally
classified as a suicide on her death certificate., but I did a lot of digging,
and not 4 months ago I finally realized the true cause of her death was not
suicide, but accidental death. It is a very long story, but what it came down to
is that my mother began feeling ill one day and asked a neighbor to take her to
the hospital where we were stationed...My father was an officer in the Navy.
Well, the hospital was full of people who had come down with the flu, the base
was very small and the hospital only hat 15 beds...so my mother was admitted and
put on a Gurney in a storage closet where they kept cleaning supplies...mops,
brooms, etc. The nurse who put her there left her with a glass, tissues, etc.
and had left to get her a container of water. In the meantime, a janitor lady
entered the room/closet and put a container of cleaning fluid on the shelf next
to the tissues and glass that were left by the first nurse. My mother evidently
thought it was the water the first nurse had brought her, and accidentally took a
drink of it and went into shock and died. I was finally able to prove that it
was not a suicide, but accidental homicide. It had been 46 years plus between
her death, and my getting the correct reason published and a new death
certificate issued...releasing life insurance to my father who is now retired
and living half a mile from me. It just takes persistence, dogged tenacity and
the grace of God...but everything will come out.[...] Take care, luck be yours
and God bless till next we meet! (James D. Prior 1).
89. Thanks for allowing me to visit General Hieu's Homepage. I was in 3rd
Corps in 65, when Thuan was still there. I have pity for him and am sad for our
country around that historical period. Even if we died, the enemies of history
still survive. So long and once again thanks. (Pham Dinh).
90. Thank you for the invitation to visit the website dedicated to your
brother. He seemed to be a fine, honorably man and your country lost a fine
patriot when he was assassinated. I haven't had much time to read the
information on the site but I plan to in the future. Good luck to you. (Vic
McPhee, US Army Vietnam Veteran).
91. A very Honoring site, as well as informative and incredibly factual. I
haven't made it through the whole site yet but it is a bookmark and I intend to
share it with other Veterans. In my doing so if you receive negative feedback I
would appreciate a forward, I promote cooperation and understanding. I'm sure my
Email address (email@example.com) explains it all.
P.S. I hope you can understand my shortness with my last message. I have and
am involved with a lot of different issues regarding Veterans and Homeless in
Montana and I like to make sure that I at least show the courtesy of a return
reply when folks contact me. I will take the time to look over and read your web
site in its entirety. I will tell you right now I was honest about my initial
statement - I am impressed - I have already spoken with two other combat
Veterans that agree with the statements made in your site and feel that your
efforts are very honoring. And to be quite honest with all the effort it took
and the BS involved to get recognition for the Women's Memorial. Maybe one day
in America we will see recognition for all those that gave their lives for the
masses. (Rick Salyer).
92. I have not had time to fully digest the pages you have invited me to look
at, but what I have had time to look at has interested me greatly. I thank you
for including me in your mailing list. I guess you got my name from a military
mailing list of some sort e.g. achtung panzer, but I do thank you because I am
fascinated by all aspects of Vietnam including the pre-colonial era as well as
the later wars.
You present a very interesting perspective, Americans are very fond of
blaming their military failures on ARVN incompetence (and outright collusion
with the NVA). I have always felt this to be unfair and believe that the
performance of ARVN forces in the battles of 1972 showed what the country was
capable of, despite endemic corruption and disinterest at political and senior
My own personal background is as follows: my father was a member of an elite
British military unit known as the S.A.S. whose training includes jungle warfare
(unlike their American equivalents). His unit has been involved successfully in
counterinsurgency operations in Malaya, Oman and Northern Ireland to name but a
Personally I was a student of military history at King's College London. I
would like to contact you again after I have fully read the information about
your brother. (Iain Houston)
93. I visited your site due to the email I got from Doc Stewart listing Vet
sites. GREAT SITE!! You might be interested in viewing my husband's site. He is
a Vietnam Vet, class of 67-68. Jump on in and see Gunner Jim's Airborne website:
You also might be interested in Point Man's website. I am the webmaster. The url
is: http://pointmanintl.org/. (Cat
94. I have visited the website honoring your brother, General Nguyen Van
Hieu. It is a wonderful tribute to this brave soldier and to the many brave
Vietnamese soldiers and civilians who fought against the communist tyranny. You
may be interested in reading an article I wrote for the US Army Air Defense
Center's "ADA Magazine Oneline: last winter, about my experience as a young Army
Lieutenant at Khe Sanh on the DMZ in early 1968. You can read it online at: http://184.108.40.206/winter98/khesahn1.htm.
95. Thank you for this site. My salute to our Brave ARVN Comrades In Arms.
(LRSMV, U.S. Army Sergeant Major. Aug 67- Aug 68 RVN.).
96. I have just finished reading your pages in honor of your brother. You
have much to be proud of him. I hope you will not give up the search for the
truth in his death. His story should be televised on one of the many television
news shows (i.e. 20/20). I became interested in Vietnam web sites in search of
more information on my father. I'm very glad to have visited your site. By the
way, you have beautiful gardens! A lot of work was done there, too. Thank you
very much. (Kisten Hatcher).
97. Thank you for inviting me to visit your webpage honoring your brother and
family. I was a dog handler with the Air Force at Cam Ranh Bay in 1970 to 1971.
I shall always think fondly of the Vietnamese people who tried to make me feel
at home while away from home as a 19 year old boy. God bless you. (Steve
98. I am a combat Vietnam veteran, serving as a Gunner with USMC Helicopter
Squadron HMM-262, Phu Bai and Marble Mt., Republic of South Vietnam, January
1970 - January 1971. I received your e-mail yesterday, and proceeded to spend
the greater portion of this morning visiting your website dedicated to your
brother, Major General Nguyen Van Hieu. Thank you for the invitation to visit
this website, and for the experience it provided me.
I was an enlisted U.S. Marine during my tour of duty in Vietnam. I
volunteered for duty in Vietnam and flew 413 aerial combat missions as a Gunner
aboard my squadron's CH-46 helicopters. The greatest number of those missions
involved medical evacuations of U.S. Marine and ARVN casualties as well as troop
insertions and extractions in support of ground combat operations in the I Corps
region of South Vietnam. I went to South Vietnam in support of one of my
country's allies to defend it against the communist threat of NVA and Viet Cong
invasion from Vietnam. In short, I went to help defend your country's right to
exist as a free and independent nation. I left South Vietnam in 1971 believing
that America was abandoning its ally, South Vietnam; and, that the only true
victory I accomplished in SouthVietnam was that of saving as many lives as I
could personally touch in the performance of my duties in that conflict. I left
South Vietnam believing that the struggle to preserve your country's freedom was
lost in large part because of the general incompetence and corruption of your
civilian, government and military leaders.
Keep in mind that as a Marine Helicopter Gunner, more times than I can count
I would evacuate wounded and killed American Marines from LZs, remote camps and
bases that were wounded or killed RETAKING the same military terrain that had
been secured by American Marines and then turned over to ARVN troops and
officers. The course of the war from this American Marine's perspective: 1)
Marines die securing a position, village or base camp, 2) Marines turn over
secured positions to ARVN force, 3) More Marines die RETAKING the same positions
now lost by ARVN forces overrun by NVA and/or Viet Cong forces.
I cannot speak for my Commanding Officers and Pilots. Rarely did they
discuss such matters with we enlisted non-com's. However, I can tell you that we
enlisted Marines left South Vietnam feeling that we were backing an ally who's
house was not in order, and who's own armed forces lacked the competence,
commitment and valor to succeed in a struggle we were being asked to sacrifice,
bleed and die for.
The website you have dedicated to your brother on the one hand confirms this
perspective. On the other hand, it also provided me a fresh view of at least one
General in the Army of the Republic of Vietnam that possessed the courage,
competence and commitment to keep his country free, and to perform his command
responsibilities to the best of his abilities, which evidently, were excellent
The sincerity and straight forwardness of the presentation of your brother's
life and service to your country is one you should take pride in. His legacy as
one of South Vietnam's great generals and patriots will be correctly perpetuated
by the telling of his story at the ARVN General Nguyen Van Hieu's Home Page.
(W. Dale deBord,http://www.calweb.com/~ddebord).
99. I was very touched when I was reading the pages about General Nguyen Van
Hieu. Although he was not my immediate commander, I have always known him to be
honest, virtuous, classy and highly competent. I have also always admired and
loved him - one of the few who had served the country and our people with all
his abilities, with his heart, his mind and his strength. It was unfortunate
that rare individuals such as him had to live isolated in a vast world because
it is hard to find "a soul-mate", they have to deal with difficulty not only
against "enemy" but they must also deal with "friends" - those fighting at the
same front-line. It was unfortunate that a man with such a good heart as General
Hieu had to die of a sudden death and shrouded in mystery.
"Since the creation of the world, great generals can rarely be seen
surviving until old ages." That's the fate of someone great.
Although more than 20 years have gone by, the past of a glorious and
pathetic military time I thought had vanished, now have resurfaced in me by the
reading of these pages dedicated to General Hieu. Past memories reappeared in my
mind like a rerun movie bringing back pleasant, happy, heart-breaking,
humiliating reminiscences while I still served in the military until the day I
was reduced to be a vanquished soldier forced to waste his health and his youth
in re-education camps...
As a soldier who has served and fought under the same flag of a free Vietnam
as General Hieu, although it's a little late, I light up an incense stick in my
heart to commemorate General Nguyen Van Hieu and pray that his soul rests in
peace. I also present my condolence to General Hieu's father - Mr. Nguyen Van
Huong - my unbending inmate friend in camps 15NV, 16NV and Z.30D, and to Mr.
Nguyen Van Tin and General Hieu's family. (Vo, Bronx, #3 Ben Bach Dang).
100. Thank you for referring me to your home page. I viewed it and read about
the General. It was very nicely done, as well as being very complete. I share
some of the comments made in your Readers' Comments section. Perhaps if there
were more Generals on BOTH sides like General Hieu, the outcome would have been
different. (Dan Bayes, former 101st Airborne Div, 1969-70 RVN).