In this Vietnamese name, the family name is Huỳnh, but is often simplified to Huynh in English-language text. According to Vietnamese custom, this person should properly be referred to by the given nameCao.
In 1950, he graduated from Military school in Huế. He then attended College of Tactics and graduated in Hanoi in 1952. He went to the United States and attended Command and General Staff College and he graduated in 1958.
He was married and had ten children and more than 19 grandchildren. He is remembered for the quote "President Nixon can support President Thieu, but President Nixon cannot force the Vietnamese people to support President Thieu."
^Nguyễn, Công Luận Nationalist in the Viet Nam Wars 2012 "General Huỳnh Văn Cao, commanding officer of the Polwar (General Political Warfare Department), and his chief of staff, Colonel Nguyễn Vĩnh Nghi,"