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Thai Binh, homeland of heroes

 In the national atmosphere to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the establishment of the Vietnam People's Army and the 30th anniversary of the National Defense Day, the people of Thai Binh recalled General Hoang Van Thai and Lieutenant General Dao Dinh Luyen - the two Chiefs of General Staff of Vietnam People's Army, two excellent children of "Hometown of 5 tons".

 In the national atmosphere to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the establishment of the Vietnam People's Army and the 30th anniversary of the National Defense Day, the people of Thai Binh recalled General Hoang Van Thai and Lieutenant General Dao Dinh Luyen - the two Chiefs of General Staff of Vietnam People's Army, two excellent children of "Hometown of 5 tons".

 

The space for worshiping General Hoang Van Thai and his wife at the General Memorial Monument, Tay An commune.

A general of both knowledge and martial arts

It was General Hoang Van Thai, the first Chief of General Staff of the Vietnam People's Army, the excellent student of President Ho Chi Minh. His real name is Hoang Van Xiem, born on May 1, 1915 in An Khang village, Dai Hoang District (now Tay An commune, Tien Hai district). As a boy eager to learn, born into a poor patriotic peasant family, at the age of 13, he had to drop out of school to work as a hired laborer in many places. In 1936, Hoàng Văn Xiêm returned to his hometown and actively took part in the Democratic Front movement. In March 1938, he became a member of the Indochinese Communist Party. In September 1941, he took the name Quoc Binh, along with some comrades, was sent to study at Liuzhou Military School (China). At the end of October 1944, Hoang Van Siem returned to the country with a new nickname Hoang Van Thai.

As the custodian of General Hoang Van Thai's memorial site in his homeland, Mr. Hoang Xuan Phuong, Head of the An Khang clan, regularly searches for additional sources of documents about General Hoang Van Thai to enhance his knowledge. Mr. Phuong shared: I am proud to be a post-generation of  Mr. Thai. Currently, the memorial site is displaying more than 300 documents and objects related to the life and career of General Hoang Van Thai. This is a valuable resource for me to recommend whenever a delegation visits

75 years ago, on December 22, 1944, Thai was then one of the first 34 members of the Vietnam Army to propagate and liberate the army (the predecessor of the Vietnam People's Army) and was assigned a sub-division responsible for intelligence and operational planning. Specifically he was the person who held the flag during the Team establishment ceremony. In the battle of Nà Ngàn garrison, he was also the one who held the victory flag. Another coincidence, on September 2, 1945, General Hoang Van Thai's wife was one of the people who had the honor of hoisting the flag at the historic Ba Dinh Square.

On September 7, 1945, President Ho Chi Minh assigned the task of setting up the General Staff Department to Mr. Hoang Van Thai. When he became the first Chief of General Staff of the Vietnam People's Army, he was only 30 years old. Along with the position of Chief of the General Staff, Mr. Hoang Van Thai also held the position of Chief of Staff in the command and party committees of major campaigns such as Border Campaign, Road 18, Ha Nam Ninh, Hoa Binh, Northwest, Thuong Lao and Dien Bien Phu campaign.


During the resistance war against the US to save the country, General Hoang Van Thai, in his assigned position, had the merit of developing people's wars, guerrilla wars, directly commanding Loc Ninh campaign, general offensive and rebellion Lunar New Year in 1968, Tay Ninh campaign, Spring-Summer campaign in 1972 to great victory in spring 1975 ... General Hoang Van Thai was always resolute in attacking, steadfast in difficult times, fighting big challenges, strengthening solidarity, maintaining and raising the will to fight of the army and people throughout the country. Throughout his life in the process of building, fighting and growing of the Vietnam People's Army, General Hoang Van Thai participated in commanding 15 major campaigns, becoming an excellent military commander; was the organizer, the first commander of the General Staff Department - a strategic agency of the Vietnam People's Army ... During his lifetime, General Vo Nguyen Giap evaluated General Hoang Van Thai: A general at war who lives with kindness and gratitude and to be admired by our army and people".

Mr. Nguyen Van Han, Chairman of the provincial Veterans Association affirmed: Although General Hoang Van Thai has passed away more than 33 years, the merits of the General are still inscribed in the heroic history page of the Vietnam, is the pride of the Vietnam People's Army as well as Thai Binh homeland, the birthplace of the General.

Colonel Dao Minh Hung, grandson of General Dao Dinh Luyen, with his memorabilia at his home church, Quynh Hoi commune (Quynh Phu).

 

"Elder brother" of the heroic air force

Senior Lieutenant General Dao Dinh Luyen, whose real name is Dao Manh Hung, born on November 5, 1929 in Quynh Hoi Commune (Quynh Phu). He enlisted in 1945 and began fighting in the provinces of Hai Duong, Hung Yen and Hai Phong City as the platoon leader of the 44th Regiment (Inter-Region 3). After that, his unit was sent to the Viet Bac War Base in the formation of the 141st Regiment, the 312th Regiment to protect the Central Government. During the years of resistance war against the French, he and his unit participated in most of the campaigns. In particular, during the Dien Bien Phu campaign, the 141st Regiment, his 312th Regiment had the honor to fight the opening battle of the campaign, completely destroying Him Lam. That day, he was the regiment commander.

After the Dien Bien Phu campaign, in October 1955, Mr. Dao Dinh Luyen was appointed Chief of the 312th Division General Staff, at the age of 26 years old. In February 1956, he took on the task of leading the trainee team to learn how to pilot the first fighter jet in China. On 5/30/1963, 921 Fighter Air Regiment was established, he was appointed as Regimental Commander. After the US imperialists made up the Gulf of Tonkin event, bombed the North, on August 6, 1964, the regiment commander Dao Dinh Luyen led the 921 Regiment to transfer the entire unit to Noi Bai airport. From the first victory on April 3, 1965 and the hundreds of aerial battles against the US air and navy to the Tan Son Nhat bombing on April 28, 1975, he was on the commanding desk with the rle of the "organizer, builder" of the victories of the Vietnam People's Air Force.

Colonel Dao Minh Hung, working at the Vietnam-Russia Tropical Center, is the grandson of Senior Lieutenant General Dao Dinh Luyen shared: Senior Lieutenant General Dao Dinh Luyen is one of the great contributors to start the review of tactics and how to fight for the Vietnamese people's air force, dealing with the ever-changing tactics of the US air force. With experience of working and fighting, he trained and fostered generations of mature cadres, many comrades who were kept in high positions of the Party, State and Army.

Also according to Mr. Hung: Although experienced in the positions of service, from Platoon Commander to the first Regiment commander of the 921 Regiment, then the Commander of the Air Corps, the Commander of the Air Force until the General Staff, Chief and Deputy Minister of Defense, Senior Lieutenant General Dao Dinh Luyen has always been a modest, a home general, his name is associated with the growth steps of the Vietnam People's Air Force. Especially, despite being away from home for many years, he was a man who loved the country. When he was still working as well as when he retired, at the end of his life, whenever he came back to visit his hometown, he went around the village to meet elderly people to ask about their  health as well as to meet with commune officials to talk about current events. As his children and grandchildren, we were taught military discipline from an early age. He lived a simple life, often telling us stories of the battlefield.

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