151. Your web page is very good and I love and respect those like General
Hieu. It's just too bad that we did not have enough of them. By the way, you can
visit my site at http://start.at/HHC, if
having some free time. Nice to know a person like you, anh Tin. (Hung).
152. I would like to give my personal opinion about General Hieu's death. He
was killed because he had investigated a corruption scheme of General Toan. The
chain of this corruption scheme was headed by Mr. and Mrs. Thieu's family.
Consequently, it was only natural that General Toan ordered General Hieu killed
to cover up his scheme. (Pham Le Hiep).
153. Let me offer another hypothesis concerning General Hieu. He might be
killed by General Toan's or General Khuyen's order because he had a
counter-attack plan at Xuan Loc. If this plan was applied and succeeded, South
Vietnam could have prolonged the war a few more years. During these years, Thieu
might be able to make alliance with Chinese Communists or with France to create
a new political stand for South Vietnam, which might constitute a disadvantage
for the North Vietnam Communist or the United States. Consequently, North
Vietnam or the United States had to stop that plan. General Toan (who traded
rice and cinnamon with the Communists and was very friendly with the Americans)
or General Khuyen (an infiltrated Communist) were those who had ordered your
brother killed. Another source told me: "Vice President Tran Van Huong had
instructed General Hieu to investigate President Thieu's corruption acts. When
Thieu brought General Toan in as 3 Corps Commanding General, Thieu instructed
Toan to have General Hieu killed. If General Hieu was indeed accidentally killed
when he was cleaning his pistol, then the bullet should have entered his abdomen
or thigh." (Pham Le Hiep).
154. I am aware of the general. If there were more like him maybe the south
would have fought nobly. If there were more like him maybe the south would have
been tried and true. Unfortunately, the south treated the general like they
treated the interlopers, too much money shed from hand to hand to prevent the
end... The Vietnamese were never cowards, their government leaders were terrible
and a great deal of the politics shed over to the army top brass but that was
all... The loss of the south was due to better leaders and goals by the
north...they had a focus...and their army brass was not deterred by political
paybacks...The sad truth for the general was that he was a general for the south
Vietnamese regime...What a fighter he was...(Tony Ciccariello).
155. I have just read your brother's account. I knew several of the people
mentioned: Do Cao Tri, Nguyen Van Toan, and Tran Quang Khoi. Can't imagine why I
never met Gen Hieu. It was fascinating reading, and I'll keep it handy in case
you should have questions about any specific part. Thanks for giving me the
opportunity to read it. (Ray Battreall, Colonel, Senior Advisor, Armor,
156. The Coalition of Vietnamese National Parties (CVNP) had instructed his
members to closely read and study your documents on Lieutenant General Nguyen
Van Hieu. The Central Committee, Black Rose Special Branch focused especially on
the sudden death of our incorruptible General Nguyen Van Hieu. All genuine
nationalists ought to attempt to understand and render a judgment concerning
General Hieu's assassination. The CVNP would like to light up a spiritual
incensed stick in the commemoration of General Nguyen Van Hieu. It is certain
that in the coming glorious advent of our nation, the CVNP will honor your
contribution in the document of the Heroes of the Vietnamese Military History
concerning General Hieu's death. United in Victory. (Dang Tam Minh, Black
Rose Special Branch/CVNP).
157. The Coalition of Vietnamese National Parties (CVNP) has read and studied
your documents concerning Lieutenant General Nguyen Van Hieu's death. The
History of Vietnam in its coming new page ought to record the military exploits
of General Hieu. The CVNP respectfully and sincerely presents to you our
heartfelt sympathy concerning the sudden death of a hero of the ARVN. History
ought to condemn those cowards who stabbed General Nguyen Van Hieu's back. One
day we shall meet on our motherland, a democratic and prosperous Vietnam at
peace, where a wide street in the heart of the capital of the Democratic Vietnam
will be named to Nguyen Van Hieu. (Nguyen Hoang Dung, Secretary of the
158. I liked it very much when I read about valiant general Hieu in Van Nghe
Tien Phong magazine, and now I have the opportunity to read further about
general Hieu in the Internet. And, I liked it very much when I read about
soldiers of the ARVN with different battles as well as about ARVN famous
generals. While reading about famous generals, I felt full of admiration and
pride for our ARVN. However, next to those famous heroes generals, there were
those generals who were coward, inept, corrupted, lackeyed, traitorous...etc. I
would like to propose that you establish a page about bad, coward, traitorous
Generals for my young generation to know more about this breed of generals in
the military history of Vietnam! Could you please post photos of those
despicable generals like you have done for those famous good generals for
everybody to see? I have read history books about 4 star general Tran Thien
Khiem, but I haven't got to see his photo in books and magazines. Furthermore, I
did not see him conduct any battles, how did he reached the rank of 4 star
general then prime minister of Vietnam. I only knew he was the head of a
corrupted group, which bribed in exchange of positions and ranks, and was a
member of a group which planned the death of President Ngo Dinh Diem!! Recently,
I read a book entitles "The last days of Ngo Dinh Diem" by Hoang Ngoc Thanh, and
learned that he was a spy who sold out military secrets of the ARVN to the
CIA!!! But then I still did not see any of his photos posted in that book. I
would like to know how a face of a corrupted 4 star general/prime minister would
look like. Let's expose those coward generals in magazines, books and the
internet so that everybody could spit and curse at them, the like of Tran Ich
Tat (of the Tran dynasty period)...etc. How nice it would be if we could do
that. (Nguyen Thanh My).
159. Thank you for your page. May I suggest you read, Col. Phillip Corso's
book, The Day after Roswell. He has certain new disclosures that might interest
you, and he also reviews certain aspects of RVN and the war. It might open
thoughts to you. Again, thank you. (Col. H. Lee Bell, retired.).
160. I recently returned to Vietnam. I was a Marine rifleman in the northern
I Corps area in 67-68, a total of 20 months and 20 days. I was in a Marine Recon
unit and worked across the DMZ and near the Laos border. We returned to Con
Thien and Khe Sanh as well as CaLu and Quang Tri. I was happy to be back but at
the same time sad because the people have it so rough now. I have befriended
many people there and write often, also I am currently learning the language. I
hope to return again in May. The people there that I met are very happy to see
American tourists and after a period of getting to know them, they will speak
freely about the horrible conditions they endure under the communists. We should
have won the war, we lost so many good people that died so bravely. It is my
opinion that in the future there will be an uprising against the communist. It
is apparent that the people have just about endured all that they can. Almost
everyone that I spoke with (in French) wants to learn English and they have a
desire to know about the world beyond Vietnam. I send newspapers and any other
articles that I think they will enjoy. I became angry while there, because there
are no cemeteries for the South Vietnamese soldiers and no medical help for
those that suffered wounds. I do hope that the Vietnamese people that have come
to America do not forget those that are still there. By sending letters and
books, maybe the people will gain knowledge of freedom. As I walked through the
mountains at CaLu, I felt that the war is not over and another will begin again,
perhaps against China. Thank you for your site about such a great man. Someday
Vietnam will be free again, I am sure of this. Chao. (Eddie DeLezen, Nam Mar
1967-Dec 1968, 3rd Marine Division, Milton, Florida).
161. Marge told me about meeting you yesterday at the USMA Library. She
brought home your website URL and I visited your site last night. My website is
a only a "Feel Good" website (http://members.tripod.com/sat46)
about the history, trivia, and traditions of West Point. Your website on the
other hand is a thoughtful, serious, and very heart felt work of art. It must
have been a painful effort for you and yet you have rendered a superb and highly
dedicated web document. I compliment you on creating such a high quality and
honest account of your brother's life, triumphs and tragedies. Let us hope that
someday history will come full cycle and freedom will find it's way into
Vietnam. Then may all the fallen heroes that fought that cause finally rest in
peace and be always remembered by future generations. (Scott A. Tackett
162. Read your web page. Don't give up trying to find out about your brother.
He was a great man. Good luck. I was just a corporal in Vietnam 67-68-69, USMC
mag-36. Once again, good luck and semper-fi. (Gung Ho).
163. What a great tribute to your brother. It was a real pleasure to look
through all the various articles and pictures. You have provided us all with a
good insight to your brother and have done him a Real Honor. I was a USMC Sgt.
(Photographer) serving in Chu Lai during '66,'67,'68. I did not have the
occasion to have associated with the General or serve in his area. As with many
a good man in Nam, their life was snuffed out by corrupt politicians. Always
remember, during the final judgment days, those corrupt persons will have to
answer to the Supreme Judge. Boy would I like to see that. Hopefully the day
will come that you will be able to return to your home land and claim what is
rightfully yours. Without North Viet Nam commie rule. God Bless You. (William
164. Thanks for the invitation. It is a very well done and researched page.
165. It is really a great and a beautiful job. You should get in touch with
anyone in Hollywood. I can even put you in contact with a friend of mine who is
a Movie Producer and Director (not a Hollywood guy but a great person). He deals
with small Hispanic Documentaries. Just let me know. He lives in Bridgeport.
166. Thank you for inviting me to visit your great site. It was very
interesting to read about your brother, and I think you have done a remarkable
job of memorializing him. Just as a "Small World" kind of thing, my husband was
in the Navy, and we were stationed on Guam when the evacuations were happening.
He worked in the hanger helping to "process" everyone who arrived. I helped
gather donations of diapers, clothing etc from my neighbors. We still have
photos somewhere around here from those days. Those were some emotionally hard
time for everyone. I am truly glad to see that your family was able to get out
and that you are doing well. I wish you much happiness and peace! (Donna, Mompeepers).
167. I served three tours in your country, it seems we had bad leadership on
both sides and bad decisions on both sides. I'm talking about the South
Vietnamese Gov, and our own...I was in the Marine Corps...On my third tour I was
shot in the back of the neck, we were in the A-Shau Valley. We had just finished
operation Dewey Canyon and went into operation Apache Snow. I fought my heart
out for your people. I recently saw a movie that pretty much put the whole
situation in clear view. It was call A Bright and Shinny Lie. I suggest you view
this film. I just returned from your country with 20 other Marines. We went to
the A-Shau Camp Carroll, Hue, Khe Sanh, and a lot of other places. We also went
to Hanoi, and view old uncle Ho's tomb and body. We also went to the Hanoi
Hilton...It wasn't the Americans' fault that Vietnam was lost. If I had been in
charge, things would have been different. But I was just a lance/cpl, and the
big boys don't listen to us...Take care and enjoy America. (Larry
168. Thanks for the invitation to your General Hieu website. I have visited
the website and I like it very much. I met General Hieu when I was serving as a
machine gunner in a CAP (Combined Action Program) Unit near Danang. General Hieu
flew up from Saigon in a helicopter and was present during an awards ceremony
when I was awarded 8 Medals by the Republic of Vietnam. One of the medals was
the RVN Life Saving Medal for my actions when I rescued a little one-arm 9 year
old South Vietnamese girl who had been knocked into the river beneath Nam O
Bridge by a water buffalo on January 20, 1970. Although I received the South
Vietnamese Life Saving Medal, I never received a medal from the U.S. Marine
Corps and I need witnesses to verify my actions. (PFC Loyde P. "Snake"
Arender, 2454394, USMC, Kilo Company 3rd Battalion 26th Marine Regiment).
169. I just spent a considerable amount of time perusing your site and will
go back and spend more time. I was in Viet Nam in the early days, 1962 &
1963 as an advisor and trainer and met many wonderful and competent officers in
the ARVN. Most remarkable and memorable was their dedication to duty hatred of
the Cong and NVA. Your site is a true Memorial to your Brother. (Nick).
170. After all these years, I was referred to your web site. I am sorry for
your brother's death. It would appear that Nguyen Van Hieu's death was one of
those countless tragedies that occurred in South Vietnam. Between the politician
and corporate intrigues that plagued both Vietnamese and American forces
fighting for freedom. No doubt the CIA and their Vietnamese counterparts had
much to do with the death of your brother.
I served in the Marine Corps during the 60's but did not see service in Viet
Nam. My brother was killed in June of '69. He was a helicopter pilot and flew
the commanding General of the Big Red I, the army's first division. He received
every medal except the Medal of Honor. I wanted to go, but my mother came to me
and said that I had served and for whatever reason I was not sent to Viet Nam.
Had I not already served in the Marine Corps, she would have said nothing, but
since I had, she requested I not go. She could not bear to lose both her sons. I
am sure your mother knew that feeling. My brother wrote me of his respect for
the Vietnamese people and was proud to be fighting with them for their freedom.
But he was disgusted with the Viet Nam and U.S. government for not backing them
100% and especially the U.S. for having no plans to win and allowing the C.I.A.
to overthrow the legitimate government and help those who only helped themselves
at the cost of many Vietnamese, U.S., Australian, South Korean and many other
countries soldiers who fought together. I give you my respect and say to you
that I am ashamed of our country for not honoring its commitments to the
Vietnamese people and helping those who were corrupt and nor do wells. I
sincerely hope that you will find and bring the truth out into the open, but if
that does not happen, please know that your brother and mine died for a good
cause. And those who were responsible will face their judgment and will never
have peace in their souls. (James L. Bonine).
171. I would like to advance one more theory concerning General Hieu's death.
In 1974, Thieu and Khiem clashed with each other regarding the 1975 election
matters. The reason was that when Thieu appointed Khiem to be the Prime Minister
in replacement of Nguyen Van Loc (Ky's ally), he made the promise that Khiem
would replace him in the position of President in 1975. After a few years in
powers, Thieu became attached to his seat and made amendment in the Constitution
which allowed him to enter the election a second time. Khiem was infuriated by
this move and passed on documents pertaining to Mr. and Mrs. Thieu's corruptions
to father Tran Huu Thanh, a catholic priest. Thieu retaliated by dismissing
several public servants closed to Khiem. In January 1975, before the attack of
Phuoc Long, Thieu was contemplating what to do with the pressing advices coming
from his two counselors, Ted Serong (Australian) and Vanuxem (French, a U.S.'s
secret agent). Serong advised Thieu to withdraw troops from Military Region I
& II and redeploy them then request aid from another country (see the entire
document on retreat in "Give me 10 more years" at the LB Johnson Library).
Meanwhile, Vanuxem advised Thieu to strike a deal with France. During that
period, Vietnamese embassies in Asia and Australia were approached by Chinese
Communist operatives with a proposition to enter into a diplomatic understanding
with China. If Thieu agreed, China would cut aid to North Vietnam and cut the
North Vietnamese 5,000 km fuel pipe line reaching all the way to Loc Ninh.
Thieu, relying on letters from Nixon who had guaranteed the United States would
recommit militarily, refused all military and diplomatic solutions other than to
continue to seek additional military aid from the Unites States. When Ban Me
Thuot fell, Thieu applied the redeployment of I Corps and II Corps troops. II
Corps troops retreated along Route 7b were annihilated by the VC. I Corps troops
were isolated and resorted to retreat by sea and sustained heavy loss. III Corps
and IV Corps became the defense lines of the Republic of Vietnam. At that time,
if III Corps was able to contain the advance of the Communist, Thieu would be
able to turn to France or Australian for assistance. He could also ask Chinese
Communist to intervene after the establishment of diplomatic relation between
the two countries. If that could be accomplished, Thieu would last a few more
years. Khiem would not stand for that eventuality. Therefore, General Hieu with
his general counter offensive plan in the 3rd Military Region ought to be
eliminated. Who gave that order? Could it be Khiem (who was very friendly with
the Americans)? How were Lieutenant Colonel Quyen and the Military Police
involved in this matter? Why couldn't the Military Security came up with a
positive result of the investigation? (Pham Le Hiep).
172. I was in Vietnam 68-69 and served with the USMC in northern I Corps. I
did not know any ARVN's. I visited your home page and thought it was great. I
admire your love for him and your quest for the truth. I wish I knew something
to help you. Is there anything I can do besides write to government officials
who don't want to hear about it? Please keep me updated. (Rick).
173. I was Advisor with the 5th ARVN Div. I was in MACV Team 70 in Dec of
1971 thru Nov 1972 and I was proud to serve with the 5th ARVN Div. They were
outstanding soldiers. I worked with the 5th ARVN ASTD unit and was assigned to
the 5th DARRS Team. (Kenneth O. Conary).
174. I was in Vietnam 70-71 and served with the USMC in HMM-262 ch46
helicopters. I flew many of the ARVN's to their zones but don't recall any as
high ranking as your brother. So sorry for the loss of him. I visited your home
page and it really touched me, our hearts are with you as we all fought side by
side in this war. You have great admiration and love for him. Will visit your
P.S. For the record, I never had any bitterness towards the ARVN's while I
served, and knew of no one that did. The ARVN soldiers rode on my aircraft many
times and we all cut up and joked with each other. I had the highest respect for
all of them and never saw them as cowards on the contrary, you should be very
proud of their accomplishments. They were great men.(Jack Murphy).
175. I must say, this is a very interesting site. Thanks for putting it up
for us to read. It may enlighten us as to the role of the ARVN during the war.
In Sadec we had a ARVN general named Thi. I cannot remember his full name. If
you can come up with something on him, it would be appreciated. For Nam Vets:
Visit this site. (Old Sarge).
176. I was introduced to General Hieu's home page. After reading a while, I
noticed a scanned letter with General Hieu's own hand-writing that the General
had sent to his wife. In it I found one sentence: "This month's paycheck has
additional living standard subsidy and is exempted from monthly income tax
deductions." This letter had a pre-printed 2 star insignia which indicated he
was a Major General at that time. I reflected on stories regarding corrupted
high ranking officers and generals collecting briberies, and thought this
General Hieu ought to be an honest General when he wrote this sentence, which
hinted to his joy in revealing to his wife the fact that he got an additional
amount of money which was not large at all for a 2 star General! (Omega).
177. I received your message and have visited your Website as suggested. In
Nov l965 to Dec 1966 I was assigned to the 161st Assault Helicopter Company
which upon arrival in Vietnam was part of the 52nd Combat Aviation Btn and a few
months latter became part of the 14th Combat Aviation Btn. This unit was based
14 miles West of Qui Nhon where the South Korean Tiger Division had its main
compound. As a matter of fact while we flew the South Korean Forces Personnel we
often flew the Commander of the 22nd ARVN Division to and from joint planning
conferences with the ROK forces. The call sign of our helicopter was Pelican
844. If my recollection is correct the Commander had visited a house next to the
American PX in Qui Nhon and I seem to recall him having a young Lt for an aide
and there were children playing in front of the residence often. I assumed that
he had lived there or that there might have been family there. In fact he often
met with the CO of the Tiger Division and we often flew him. I believe there
were several occasions where we took him to Tuy Hoa just South of Qui Nhon where
the Republic of Korea 9th Marine Rgt was based. It has been a long time since I
have been in Vietnam. However, my best memory of him is that he was a very proud
man who was respected by his troops. Many of the Vietnamese people who worked in
our base camp were Vietnamese and they came from Qui Nhon. Many were the wives
and children of Vietnamese officers who had died in combat and were affiliated
with the Catholic Church in Qui Nhon. I believe that many of the Catholics and
elders of the Church are now in Taiwan. There were also many Buddhists among the
people who worked for us during that time as well. The valley which was located
directly West 14 Miles from Qui Nhon was around An Son 1 and An Son 2 which I
believe were local villages, just little North and South of our base camp. It
was relatively a peaceful place and one of my fondest memories of Vietnam was
waking up in the morning early and walking to the top of the hill and looking
out over the valley as the sun came up -- you could see for miles a beautiful
green valley much of which had been cultivated with rice. Vietnamese families
farmed the land there for over a hundred years and we often provided them with
medical care and the children occasionally were given rides in helicopters -- we
had no reason to distrust these people -- the communist had never engaged our
unit or even attacked our base camp in l965-66. However, we often flew heliborne
missions throughout Vietnam. I have thought out a lot about visiting Vietnam and
do not know if I will ever have the opportunity to return there.
There are many Vietnamese who live in the Flushing Queens area. I do from
time to time visit a Vietnamese Restaurant located on Kissina Blvd near the
corner of Main Street. I am sorry to say that I do not speak Vietnamese having
left Vietnam more than 30 years ago. However, my fondness for the Vietnamese
culture will always be a part of me and I do have a nice collection of
traditional Vietnamese music.
There are several members of my unit who live on Long Island who will also
remember the General. I do monitor the press reports coming out of Vietnam via
Reuters. If you desire to come and visit we have a nice back yard with a pear
and towering cherry tree for shade. I have many slides photographs that were
taken in Vietnam. Aside from the war Vietnam was a beautiful country with strong
family ties. For a year and plus one month Vietnam was my home, not just a place
where I happened to be stationed. I had volunteered to serve in Vietnam and
firmly believed that the cause of the South Vietnamese people was just under the
circumstances. (Jason Kaatz).
178. I guess you had served in the army before? I noticed that you seemed to
know a lot about the ARVN. I have read your homepage, my condolences about your
brother who had been killed. I heard the rumor that General Hieu was involved in
the attempt of a coup, resulting in him being shot by Toan, a Thieu's loyalist .
The explanation given by General Toan that General Hieu died from a happy
triggered pistol was not plausible. A Commander of an entire army corps who did
not know who killed General Hieu cannot be believed. In reading your articles
dealing with the death of your brother, I don't think it was caused by the
involuntary discharge of a pistol. Based on the testimonies of the people
involved in this matter, I think General Hieu was assassinated, and Toan should
know this 100%. Toan's explanation has no value and shows his duplicity. (Vo
179. Hello from Bangkok. See your report about Gen. Hieu. I also pay a
respect to him as a rare and good general of the VN army. Hope that he is in the
hand of god and good health to his father. (Yothiya).
180. I am engaged in a study of several hundred political activists and
revolutionaries, and your brother, Nguyen Van Hieu is in my sample. One of the
biographical facts that I analyze in my study is the birth order and number of
siblings that a person has. See from your most interesting web site essay that
Hieu was a second born child, but I am unsure as to the number of siblings he
had from his father's first marriage. Was it 4 or more than 4? I would be very
grateful if you could clarify this point for me. I am author, incidentally, of
"Born to Rebel: Birth Order, Family Dynamics, and Creative Lives (New York:
Pantheon, 1996), which has been translated into ten languages. (Frank
Sulloway, Miller Research Professor, Department of Psychology, University of
181. I have just used your site on General Hieu and found it most helpful. I
am currently finishing a book on the ARVN and will be sure to credit your site.
Thanks again. (Professor Robert K. Brigham, Vassar College).
182. I have one comment re: the home page you have established in honor of
your brother. First of all, I admire your fraternal bond . I guess you have put
quite some work in the realization of this task. I found the reading of this
home page quite interesting - a 35 year old youth residing in Hanoi. However,
one thing has caused me to laugh and upset me because in one article, you
advanced a lot of hypotheses (If General Hieu...then...; If General
Hieu...then...; etc and etc). It gave me the impression your Brother is superior
to Khong Minh reincarnated who had gone to Ky son 6 times and still had failed.
I ask myself, why didn't he go further and write: "If General Hieu was the
President of the Republic of Vietnam, the North-Bound Push would have succeeded
long time ago, Vietnam could have attained democracy nights ago, would have made
progress equal to or far more than...Japan???"etc and etc. Enough is enough. If
your Brother was reincarnated, he shouldn't have been assassinated, he shouldn't
have died with such a waste. Your comments, in my opinion, made your writings
less credible in the eyes of the readers. Please forgive me if I have displeased
you. (Tran Thanh Hung).
183. I am a 5 year student at UCI. I am a double major in Political Science
and International Studies with a minor in Global Peace and Conflict. I enjoyed
the homepage you set up for General Hieu. I am writing a research paper now
about "how reeducation survivors adjust to American life after their experience
in the camps. I was wondering if you have any advise or information on this
subject. I would appreciate any help you could give me. (Julie Pham).
184. I am a Vietnam veteran and I found your homepage very interesting. It's
admirable and patriotic to create a website honoring your brother and your
country. (Regis Mullaney).
185. Your website contains a lot of interesting information. It includes all
types of generals, even ... pirates type, such as Toan, Quang, Thieu...If
possible, please update "exploits" of these generals for everybody do see. When
I was in Vietnam, I heard newspapers and magazines said that general Toan
specialized in stealing cinnamon in the Center of Vietnam and thus got the
nickname of Baron of cinnamon. In Pleiku, he raped a stewardess in a bar. If in
the United States, he should have been discarded, stripped of his rank. Anh yet
in Vietnam, he remained untouched. (Phan Minh Hoang).
186. Your webpage is huge, I am able to finish reading it only today - just
perusing the main points. Very nourishing, very needed. Especially for the young
generation of overseas Vietnamese and also for the foreigners. (In particular
those anti-war activists).
I have a couple of suggestions pertaining to your webpage: 1. It is advisable
to add a page/section honoring the ARVN soldiers, exhibiting ARVN
soldiers' photos. I have read in the first section of the Readers' comments,
someone questioned you regarding the authenticity of the ARVN soldiers' photos
shot by western mass media, which were to our detriment; 2. the "ARVN Generals"
section lacks an important figure: Major General Nguyen Ngoc Loan. Let me
elaborate: Westerners - especially Americans - highly value "idols", and imitate
"idols". When we state that the ARVN is a competent and valiant army, we must
provide concrete images, concrete proofs. And there are no better proofs, no
better images than the images of high ranking soldiers - Generals! Have you read
Colin Powell's memoir? If yes, do you recall the part where he mentioned about
Major General Ky? Colin is very influential with Americans, what he said about
General Ky is very detrimental to the ARVN - although what he said was the
truth! - In my opinion, you have presented and provided concrete proofs that
General Hieu was a competent General, and honest, in the ARVN Generals section,
you have showed Generals Vy, Nam, Hung - lacking General Phu - who had committed
suicide rather than surrendered. Let's add Nguyen Ngoc Loan, courageous, a doer
and responsible. You can use the article of Major Pham Nhu Da Lac in KBC 24 -
General Loan's behavior proved that the ARVN soldiers fought the Communists to
the very end. (T.).
187. Your memorial to your brother General Hieu captured my attention. It's
been many years since my days in Vietnam...my part also was very small in
comparison to your brother's part. As you well know there is an eternal reward
for noble loving sons of Our Father, I cannot say that with liberty, for all men
who bear arms. I do however say it for those that bear arms to save the
innocent, while at the same time maintaining a love of God and all men, for
those that love the enemy yet hate what the enemy does and fight to prevent the
hateful actions of the enemy...my trust is with the unconditional love of Our
There was one man who wrote to you and whom I discerned took pleasure in
rubbing salt into the wound...the letter from Col. Nguyen Khuyen was disturbing
to me...there was no need to tell you about the brain splatter...and to tell you
that he was retired and thus free...and just a bad vibes from his letter entered
my soul. Unknown to this person...no person is free on earth...many fight for
it...but evil permeates all cultures and all countries...some day we will be
free...as your brother (May God Bless him) is free now. When the angels fell
from Heaven...they all did not land in one country...they are all over the
world. Fortunately for us there are men such as yourself who know how to battle
them...men who fight the "good fight"...and who knows...maybe our leader is
again...a man amongst us. (J.H.Cameron).
188. Thank you very much. I find this very interesting. I was fortunate
enough to have met the General. I was assigned with the ARVN Division at Chu Lai
in 1972. They later went to Quang Tri after the Easter invasion of 1972. They
then went to Phu Cat in August for the siege there. I happened to attend a few
meetings where the General attended. These were meetings for strategy (not at
Chu Lai). (Garry).
189. You are as persistent as a small mosquito. You have my attention and I
will devote some time to viewing your site and direction. I do believe before I
go in to it I should tell you I am a Vietnam Vet, Marine Corps and saw a lot of
time in the field. I am not real high on popular forces but did have contact
with arvin Rangers and they were of a high caliber. All your people are not
without honor. This is a mistaken belief among many and is a very large mistake
on their part. Only seeing a small part of the war I was in and only an
infinitesimal part of your country does not make me an expert by any means. Only
a participant in part. It was a very long struggle for your people and many
died. Many forget that. I do not. The Vietnamese people were very gracious in
their attempt to overcome many obstacles. The CIA being one of a dark side as
far as I am concerned. They were shit on my boot.
As I contemplate your tribute to your brother I am troubled by the fact you
do not own your country anymore. It is with great sadness I admit the fact we
lost. Not battles, not a war, but patriots and democracy. The chance for a
people to govern themselves and raise their families in a democratic country.
The North Vietnamese were hell bent to vent there wrath on the people of South
Vietnam. Average people did not care for government, just to raise their
children in a home of their choosing and make a meager living at best. It is a
burden to bear, for Americans, we did not kick the shit out of the NVA enough to
deep them at bay for you and your's. You will find few who will reply or even
bother with you, I am afraid. We/they are too tied up in themselves. Me, me, me.
Bullshit. If you understand the meaning. I have thought long and hard about
Vietnam for over thirty years. It mystifies me still. A maiden I saw in a dream
and cannot possess. It is a wisp of wind and slight glimmer on the water of a
bay from the sunset. A beautiful country. I wish to go back before I die. It is
a dream of mine. The people were the difference.
I have not shed much light on your brother's demise at the hands of those
that are on the dark side of hell. I wish you well in that endeavor, if that is
what you want. Fear, hatred, and the burning in the gut will eat you up from
inside. You must be the judge of that. (Ron E. McCarville, Sgt, USMC, Quang
Nam Province - my field of operation).
190. I was fortunate to have just received an e-mail of your web site for
your brother. From 1966 to 1968 I was with the U.S. Marine Corps in Vietnam,
based in what was known as the "I" Corps area south of Danang. To this day many
of us who served do not know the full story of the intrigue surrounding our
government's involvement in your country or the real purpose we were there. Each
country has its heroes and General Hieu is an excellent choice for your people.
Love of country, a sense of destiny, personal character and the willingness to
sacrifice oneself for principal are universal attributes of all heroes from
wherever they come. I am extremely sorry for the loss of your brother and I can
only pray that by remembering him, we might be able to influence the overthrow
of communism in your country someday. However, the present tide is against us
because the U.S. Congress and U.S. business interests want strong "economic"
ties to Vietnam with no strings attached relative to establishing freedom for
the Vietnamese people. May God bless you in your struggle. (Rod Sexton).
191. A very nice Web Page. The General has a very beautiful wife and looked
like a real hard charger when he was younger. ( Sir Forster, Bary, CPL
E-04, 2059365 USMC 1963-1966 Chu Lai RVN, Operation Starlite, Operation Harvest
Moon, "All of us gave some and some gave all").
192. I am not sure why you invited me to visit your web page. It is true that
I served in Vietnam with the United States Marines in Da Nang, but I had no
contact with any ARVN units other than being shot at by two drunken ARVN's on a
motorcycle. I was only a CPL then and had no influence. I did my job, put in my
time and went home. I hope that you find out the truth, but I really don't see
how I could in any way help you other than to give you encouragement. (Roy
Dobbs, San Diego CA).
193. Things like this must be published, so that future generations will
learn of the truth of the history past. If you don't learn this, you are doomed
to repeat the past again. I served in DaNang in 1965 as a Sergeant in the USMC.
I was attached to the Marine Aviation Recon Squadron VMCJ-1. I was only 21 years
old and at that time did not really understand the whole scope of the things
that were going on in your county at the time. My first and only thought was
staying alive. I see now as I'm older and read on the events of the time, that
things were not as I perceived them to in my youth. I will read your site in
detail and will have comments and questions for you. It is a sad thing that
fellow man has to war for ill-gotten gains. Many good men on the side of South
Viet Nam, and the Allis that helped, died. A black moment for humanity, for
sure. Tin, I look forward to a friendship with you. I hope you will look forward
to it also. I to have lost a few friends, fighting for the freedom of your
county and still have a hard time, in my mind, justifying it. It was
justifiable, as it was for freedom. Maybe, sometime in the future, it will come
to man, that the only thing worth of life is freedom. (Paul Sisak).
194. I remember when you were worried that you would not get too many
visitors (I looked at your counter statistics...well done Tin). I knew you would
have many, many visitors...your Brother speaks and is heard and your garden is
admired...you are a good gardener Tin. (Brenda Montgomery).
195. I have very little contact with people from Vietnam. While serving with
the Marines we were not allowed to have personal contacts with the people there.
The only contact I ever had was with the children in the China Beach Orphanage
that I sponsored during my tour there. I would like to ask you one question, if
you don't mind. I was told that the orphanage in China Beach was overran by the
NVA and the children there were killed. Is this true? Do you know where I could
find out if this is true or not? Thank you for your kind words, and I hope that
the answers you seek in your brothers death will be found. I salute you and your
brother. (Roy Dobbs).
196. The page is a fine memorial to the General. (Robert J. Mattson).
197. He seemed like an honorable man. (Robert Vann Smith).
198. A very nice site Tin and a wonderful tribute to your brother. I hope you
visit my growing site some time: http://www.ac-119gunships.com/.
(Bill Petrie, CMSgt, USAF, ret.).
199. Great link you just sent over Re; General Nguyen Van Hieu... Have been
working on a positive piece Re: the ARVN and also the South Vietnamese Marine
Corps for our
website ... Should be up and running soon and would like to incorporate some
of this information and also cross link that piece back to your website... And
it's relevant as many of us worked with ARVN troops almost on a daily basis...
We lost a lot and the guys are still remembering after 30 years... And the South
lost many times more good men and then everything else on top of that... I've
always thought it was only fitting that we should honor those men who were there
along side us... (C.B. Doten).
200. Thank you for giving me the webpage related to General Hieu's life. I
have read all the details in this page and it brought back reminiscence of the
heroic life span of a competent general of the ARVN. I also have many memories
during the many years I served at the 2nd Corps Headquarters with General Hieu
who was at that time Colonel 2nd Corps Chief of Staff and I was a Lieutenant
working at the 2nd Corps Signal Center (1962-1966). In 1982-83, I had the
opportunity to be put in the same reeducation came with Papa Huong (that was the
name we gave to General Hieu's father when we were incarcerated in Z30-D
reeducation camp) after I was transferred from reeducation camps in the north to
the south. ( Hoai Phan Vu Dinh Thach).