7th Division (South Vietnam)

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7th Division
ARVN 7th Division SSI.svg
7th Division SSI
ActiveOctober 1955 – 1975
Country South Vietnam
BranchFlag of the South Vietnamese Army.jpg Army of the Republic of Vietnam
Part ofIV Corps
Garrison/HQMỹ Tho
EngagementsVietnam War
Commanders
Notable
commanders
Huỳnh Văn Cao
Trần Thiện Khiêm
Insignia
Division flagFlag of the ARVN 7th Infantry Division.svg

The Seventh Division was part of the Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN), the army of the nation state of South Vietnam that existed from 1955 to 1975. It was part of the IV Corps, which oversaw the Mekong Delta region of the country.

History[edit]

The Seventh Division was based in Mỹ Tho, and due to the division's close proximity to the capital Saigon was a key factor in the success or failure of the various coup attempts in the nation's history. As a result, the loyalty of the commanding officer of the division was crucial in maintaining power.

In the coup attempt of 1960, the loyalist General Huỳnh Văn Cao used the Seventh Division, commanded by Trần Thiện Khiêm to storm into Saigon to save President Ngô Đình Diệm.

However, in the successful coup attempt of 1963, the plotters managed to have the Seventh Division transferred temporarily to the III Corps of Tôn Thất Đính, with Diem unaware that Dinh was with the rebels. Dinh then placed a rebel subordinate in command of the Seventh Division, preventing the rest of Cao's IV Corps from saving Diem.

References[edit]

  • Tucker, Spencer C. (2000). Encyclopedia of the Vietnam War. Santa Barbara, California: ABC-CLIO. pp. 526–533. ISBN 1-57607-040-9.