Lê Văn Hưng

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Lê Văn Hưng
Born(1933-03-27)March 27, 1933
Hóc Môn, South Vietnam
DiedApril 30, 1975(1975-04-30) (aged 42)
Cần Thơ, South Vietnam
AllegianceSouth Vietnam State of Vietnam
 South Vietnam
Service/branch Vietnamese National Army
 Army of the Republic of Vietnam
Years of service1955–1975
RankB ARVN-OF-6.svg Brigadier General
(Chuẩn Tướng)
Commands held
  • 2nd Battalion 31st Infantry
    Regiment (1966-1969)
  • 5th Infantry Division (1971-1972)
  • MR3 Deputy Commander
    (Military Region 3) (1972)
  • 21st Infantry Division (1973)
  • IV Corps Deputy Commander (1974-1975)
Battles/wars
RelationsPhạm Thị Kim Hòang (wife);
Lê Ánh Tuyết (Daughter)
Other work
  • Minister Phong Dinh Province (1970)

Lê Văn Hưng (27 March 1933 – 30 April 1975) was born in Hóc Môn, in the Mekong Delta of Vietnam, and graduated from Thủ Đức Military Academy, 5th class, in 1955. He held many commands in the Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) from company to battalion level. Hưng was perhaps best known as the "Hero of An Lộc" in 1972 when he commanded the 5th Division in defense of the city of An Lộc from the coordinated attacks of the North Vietnamese People's Army of Vietnam (PAVN) forces in the Battle of An Lộc.

Living in a tiny underground bunker for almost three months, Hưng commanded soldiers of the 5th Division, the 81st Airborne Ranger Battalion, the 11th Airborne Brigade, the 21st Division and the Provincial Forces of Bình Long Province, his forces repelled countless waves of attack by the PAVN infantry, supported by T-54 tanks. Hưng vowed, "If I’m still alive, An Lộc still stands." His strong determination to hold An Lộc at any cost, and the fighting spirit of the ARVN soldiers, kept An Lộc from falling into PAVN hands.

Hưng was promoted to General in the field; and later commanded the 21st Division before becoming Deputy Commander of the 4th Military Region (MR4).

When the PAVN made their "Hồ Chí Minh Campaign" final assault on South Vietnam in April 1975, before listening to the capitulation order of President Dương Văn Minh, General Hung planned a secret operation to send remaining ARVN soldiers and officers at jungles and military bases that would continue counterattack against VC units after Fall of Sagion. There he and his soldiers follow orders by the colonel to execute the location of secret delta places on long-term strategic resistance against VC for few months until PAVN/VC declare a ceasefire hoping a new South Vietnam country at Mekong Delta. [1]Unfortunately, the colonel and the captain who planned to execute the order of secret operation escaped to sea shortly after President Minh surrender. Both ARVN generals in Can Tho were seriously concerned the future of Can Tho after RVN government dissolved. ARVN soldiers in Can Tho start to disband when no order was made to secret places in Mekong Region. VC captured several districts across Mekong Delta. Both ARVN generals decided not to counterattack in Can Tho realized the VC will shelled bombarded heavily in Can Tho. At 8 P.M, General Hưng gathered his headquarters staff, ARVN soldiers, and family to say goodbye, he was unable to fight to the death because the townspeople of Cần Thơ had begged him not to resist, believing that it would cause futile bloodshed. Hưng was one of five ARVN generals who committed suicide that day; the IV Corps was shortly handed over to VC after the death of Le Van Hung. His commander, Major General Nguyễn Khoa Nam, committed suicide on the early morning of 1 May 1975. Both were buried in Can Tho military cemetery.

Personal life[edit]

Lê Văn Hưng was married to Phạm Thị Kim Hòang. [2] After General Hung's suicide, Hung's wife, Phạm Thị Kim Hòang, and her children moved from Can Tho to Saigon. After struggling with daily living in Saigon, Hòang and her children fled by boat to Philippines and later immigrated to United States.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Holdouts". War Never Dies. Retrieved 2019-03-31.
  2. ^ / "The Final Day of My Husband's Life" Archived 2013-07-07 at the Wayback Machine Phạm Thị Kim Hòang (General Le van Hung's wife)

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