Nguyễn Văn Minh
was a general in the Army of the Republic of Vietnam
(ARVN) during the Vietnam War
. Minh entered military service during the First Indochina War
in 1950 as an airborne officer serving in the French colonial forces. In November 1960, he supported a group of officers that staged an unsuccessful coup against President Ngo Dinh Diem
. Minh was then dispatched to An Giang Province, in the Mekong Delta
, and served as provincial chief until Diem's death in 1963.
The following year, he became deputy commander of the 21st ARVN Division in the IV Corps Tactical Zone. In 1965 Minh was promoted brigadier general and given command of the division. Upon the accidental death of the commander of III Corps, Lieutenant General Do Cao Tri
during the Cambodian Incursion
of 1970, Minh was promoted and became corps commander.
Although he had been an excellent divisional commander and was an able and energetic administrator, he was out of his depth when given an entire corps. In 1971, he commanded his unit during the Battle of Snuol
Minh did manage to convince President Thieu that An Loc
, not Tay Ninh
, was the major communist objective during the third phase of the North Vietnamese Easter Offensive
(Nguyen Hue Offensive
) of 1972. He successfully commanded his forces in the city's defense.
- Andrade, Dale, Trial by Fire: The 1972 Easter Offensive, America's Last Vietnam Battle. New York: Hippocrene......