Nguyễn Vĩnh Nghi

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Lieutenant General Nguyễn Vĩnh Nghi was an officer of the Army of the Republic of Vietnam. He served as the commander of IV Corps, which oversaw the Mekong Delta region of the country, from 4 May 1972 until 30 October 1974, when he was replaced by Major General Nguyễn Khoa Nam.[1][2]

Brief History[edit]

Nguyen Vinh Nghi (1932) was a former infantry general of the Army of Republic of Vietnam, with the rank of Lieutenant General . He graduated from the National Military Academy. In the Army, he was promoted from Captain to Division Commander. He was formerly the former 21st Infantry Division Commander (The division was renowned as the "Western Thunder" division). He has also held the position of the IV Corps Commander. His last position was commander of the III Corps Forward Commander, with the defensive frontline established at Phan Rang in the last days of the Republic of Vietnam.


He was born in October 1932, in Gia Dinh (a district of Ho Chi Minh City ). He graduated from a French program high school. His wife is Kim Tuyet (Daughter of Ms To thi Than, former Chairman of the National Vietnamese Women Association and former Chairman cum Editor of the daily newspaper ‘Saigon Moi’).

Military Career[edit]

1951: He enlisted into the Dalat National Army Academy, class of 5 (Hoang Dieu, 1/07/1951- 24/04/1952) and graduated with the rank of First Lieutenant. His teacher and friend was Second Lieutenant Nguyen Van Thieu who became President of South Vietnam in 1965-1975.

1953: He was promoted to Second Lieutenant.

1954: He was promoted to a rank of captain and was appointed to the position of deputy battalion commander of the Vietnamese Republican Army.

1955: He was promoted to Major as Chief of the newly formed 31st Infantry Division. In early June, he was appointed Chief of Staff of this division.

1960: He was nominated as deputy commander of the National Military School of Dalat. Then he was sent to attend the US Army Command & General Staff at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, United States.

1963: He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel, after the 1/11 coup.

1966: in February, he was promoted to Colonel.

1968: in June, he was promoted to Brigadier General and appointed as the 21 Infantry Division Commander in replacement Major-General Nguyen Van Minh.

1970: in June, he was promoted to Major General.

1974: Early in March, he was promoted to Lieutenant General and replaced Lieutenant General Nguyen Van Minh as Commander of the Thu Duc Infantry Army.

1975: in April, his last position was commander of the III Corps Forward Commander, with the defensive frontline established at Phan Rang in the last days of the Republic of Vietnam.

Captured by North Vietnamese[edit]

On 04/16/1975 at 9 pm, as he moved South with Brigadier General Pham Ngoc Sang, the Commander 6th Aviation Division, and several Air Force officers and CIA Agent James Lewis after the capture of Phan Rang Air Base, he fell into a North Vietnamese ambush and was taken prisoner. Then he was sent to a detention camp in Suoi Dau, Khanh Hoa, and then to another camp in Danang. Finally, he was sent to a re-indoctrination camp in Son Tay, North Vietnam.


1988: He was released

1992: He left Vietnam to an unknown destination in the United States


  1. ^ Tucker, pp. 526–533.
  2. ^ Nguyễn Công Luận Nationalist in the Viet Nam Wars', 2012 "After the conference, General Huỳnh Văn Cao, commanding officer of the Polwar (General Political Warfare Department), and his chief of staff, Colonel Nguyễn Vĩnh Nghi, approved my transfer to their GPWD."


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