Nguyễn Viết Thanh

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Lieutenant General Nguyễn Viết Thanh (1931–1970) was born in Long An, Vietnam.

General Thanh served in the Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) and was commander of the 7th Division, he was rated by COMUSMACV General William Westmoreland as the best ARVN division commander. During the Tet Offensive Thanh and his family were captured by the Viet Cong who hoped to induce 7th Division troops to defect, however this didn't happen and Thanh and his family were released unharmed.[1]:60

Thanh was promoted to commander of IV Corps in 1968.[1]

For the Cambodian Campaign in May 1970, General Thanh was instructed to send four IV Corps' armored task forces to sweep into Cambodia. While flying 10km inside Cambodia Thanh's command helicopter collided with a U.S. Army AH-1 Cobra, killing all on board both helicopters.[1]:61


  1. ^ a b c Fulghum, David; Maitland, Terrence (1984). The Vietnam Experience South Vietnam on Trial: Mid-1970–1972. Boston Publishing Company. ISBN 0939526107.

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