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Vo Nguyen Giap

Vo Nguyen Giap
Võ Nguyên Giáp in 2008
Personal information
NameVõ Nguyên Giáp
Service/branchVietnam People’s Army
Years of service1944 � 1991
Commands heldViệt Minh
Vietnam People’s Army
Battles/warsFirst Indochina War
Vietnam War
Tết Offensive
Easter Offensive
Fall of Saigon
World War II
AwardsGold Star
Hồ Chí Minh Order (twice)
Resolution for Victory Order

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Võ Nguyên Giáp (born August 25, 1911) is a retired Vietnamese officer in the Vietnam People’s Army and a politician. He was a principal commander in two wars: the First Indochina War (1946 � 1954) and the Vietnam War (1960 � 1975). He participated in the following historically significant battles: Lạng Sơn (1950); Hòa Bình (1951 � 1952); Điện Biên Phủ (1954); the Tết Offensive (1968); the Easter Offensive (1972); and the final Hồ Chí Minh Campaign (1975). He was also a journalist, an interior minister in President Hồ Chí Minh’s Việt Minh government, the military commander of the Việt Minh, the commander of the Vietnam People’s Army (PAVN), and defense minister. He also served as Politburo member of the Lao Động Party.

He was the most prominent military commander, beside Hồ Chí Minh, during the war and was responsible for major operations and leadership until the war ended.

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