Hoàng Văn Thái

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Hoàng Văn Thái
Hoàng Văn Xiêm
Đại tướng Hoàng Văn Thái.jpg
Portrait of General Hoàng Văn Thái (1986)
Nickname(s) Mười Khang (Muoi Khang)
Quốc Bình
Born 1 May 1915
Tây An, Tiền Hải, Thái Bình Province, French Indochina
Died 2 July 1986(1986-07-02) (aged 71)
Hanoi, Vietnam
Allegiance Flag of North Vietnam (1945-1955).svg Viet Minh
Service/branch Flag of Viet Nam Peoples Army.svg Vietnam People's Army
FNL Flag.svg Viet Cong
Years of service 1941–1986
Rank General
Commands held Việt Minh
Vietnam People's Army
People's Liberation Armed Forces
Battles/wars First Indochina War
Battle of Điện Biên Phủ
Vietnam War
Tết Offensive
Awards Gold Star Order (Vietnam)Ho Chi Minh OrderMilitary Exploit OrderMilitary Exploit Order
Resolution for Victory Order
Other work Chief of General Staff of Vietnam People's Army
Political Commissar cum Military Region V of Viet Nam
Deputy Ministry of Defense of Viet Nam
Chairman of the Committee for Physical Training and Sports of the Government Viet Nam. and more …

Hoàng Văn Thái (1 May 1915 – 2 July 1986), born Hoàng Văn Xiêm, was a Vietnamese communist military and political figure. His hometown was Tây An, Tiền Hải District, Thái Bình Province.[1] During the Tết Offensive, he was the most senior North Vietnamese Officer in South Vietnam.[2] He was Chief of Staff in the Battle of Điện Biên Phủ.

Service in military[edit]

From 1967 to 1973, he was assigned to the South, made Commander of the People's Liberation Armed Forces and Deputy Secretary of COSVN. The US army called him as "3 legged tiger"

  • First Battle of Loc Ninh Commanding Officer (October 27, 1967 – December 10, 1967)
  • 30 January 1968, he was the commander of events during the Tet offensive throughout South of Viet Nam
  • From April the year 1974 to 1986, he was promoted to the rank of Colonel General and was appointed Deputy Minister of Defense, and First Deputy Chief of the General Staff, Standing Member of the Central Military Committee.
  • January 1980, he was promoted to full General.
  • He was a member of III, IV, and V Central Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam, and a member of the VII Congress.
  • On 2 July in 1986, he died suddenly of a heart attack at the Army Medical Institute 108 before he could be promoted as the minister of defense, some considered this event as an assassination as well as general Le Trong Tan's death in the same year of 1986.[3][4]

Awards and honours[edit]

  • Vietnam State: Gold Star Medal (the most prestigious medal in Vietnam, awarded posthumously in 2007), Order of Ho Chi Minh City, 2 Military Medal class, Victory Medal class, Order of Resistance first class and many decorations and medals others.
  • Street titled Hoang Van Thai in Thanh Xuan District, Hanoi and District 7, Ho Chi Minh City,...


  • General Thai's widow is Dam Thi Loan, a former Lieutenant Colonel in the People's Army of Vietnam. She was one of three female soldiers in the original Vietnam Armed Propaganda Unit for National Liberation and was in the honor guard in the Independence ceremony held at Ba Dinh Square on September 2, 1945.[3]


  1. ^ Ronald B. Frankum Jr. Historical Dictionary of the War in Vietnam, 2011 p.207. "Hoàng Văn Thái"
  2. ^ Ford 1995, p. 87
  3. ^ a b Tran Kien Quoc (15 December 2009). "General Hoang Van Thai coast with a national flag". Life Science News Online. Retrieved 4 February 2011. 
  4. ^ Col: Bui Dinh Nguyen (7 September 2010). "Senior General Hoang Van Thai: The first Chief of General Staff of the army". News Electronic Law and Society. Retrieved 4 February 2011. 
Preceded by
Chief of General Staff of Vietnam People's Army
1945 - 1953
Succeeded by
Major General Văn Tiến Dũng
Preceded by
Major General Văn Tiến Dũng
Chief of General Staff of Vietnam People's Army
Succeeded by
Major General Văn Tiến Dũng