Trần Văn Quang

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Trần Văn Quang
Native name
Trần Thúc Kính
Nghi Lộc District, Nghệ An Province, North Central Coast, Vietnam
DiedNovember 3, 2013(2013-11-03) (aged 96)
Hanoi, Vietnam
RankVietnam People's Army Colonel General.jpg Colonel General

Trần Văn Quang (1917 - 3 November 2013) was a colonel general (three-star general) of the People's Army of Vietnam. He was a deputy chief of staff of PAV and a vice minister of Vietnam's Ministry of Defence. During the Battle of Dien Bien Phu, Quang was the head of Department of Operations.

Born in 1917 in Nghi Lộc, Nghệ An Province, North Central Coast region of Vietnam, Quang is a son of Trần Văn Năng - a Confucianist who was jailed by French colonial government for six months. His elder brother is Trần Văn Tăng - a teacher and revolutionist and member of New Revolutionary Party of Vietnam who was also jailed by the French and died in prison. His second elder brother is Trần Văn Cung, who was a Vietnamese revolutionary and was the secretary of the first communist cell in Vietnam.[1] His young brother is Trần Văn Bành, who was an Colonel of PAV.

Quang joined the Communist Party of Indochina in 1936. Between 1938 and 1939, he was one of communist leaders in Sai GonCho Lon. He was jailed by French in 1939, but he escaped in October 1940 and went to Nghe An. In April 1941, he was caught again and was life sentenced. In June 1945, he was freed.[2]

During November 1946 and July 1947, Quang was the Commissar of Interregion IV (including 11 provinces of North Central Coast). During 1948 and 1949, Quang was the military commander and the commissar of BìnhTrịThiên region.[3] In May 1950 when the 304 Division was established, Quang became the political commissar of this Division.[4]

In 1958, he became a major general and the deputy chief of staff.[5] In 1961, he went to Southern of Vietnam and became a member of Central Executive Committee of the People's Revolutionary Party who was in charge of military affairs.[3] In 1965, he became the Commander of 4th Military Region. During 1965 and 1973, Quang was the Commander and the Commissar of Tri-Thien Military Region.[2]

In 1974, he was promoted to lieutenant general. He became a deputy chief of staff for the second time.[2]

During 1978 and 1981, Quang was the commander of 678 Corps and the commissar of Vietnamese Voluntary Force in Laos.[2]

He became a Vice Minister of Defense during 1981 and 1982 and a colonel general in 1984.[2]

Quang died on 3 November 2013 in Hanoi.[6]


  1. ^ Hoàng Văn Ðào Việt Nam Quốc dân Đảng: A Contemporary History of a National National Struggle: 1927–1954 . 2008 - Page 24 "A number of its youths and party members were affiliated with the Indo-Chinese Communist Party, “Đảng Cọng Sản Đông Dương” (ICP), while Trần Văn Cung and another numberformed the Indo-China Communist League (ICL), “Đông Dương Cọng Sản Đảng."
  2. ^ a b c d e Thượng tướng Trần Văn Quang từ trần
  3. ^ a b Phan Hoàng (11/2013), "Hành trình đặc biệt và chiến công lẫy lừng của Thượng tướng Trần Văn Quang," Pháp luật và Cuộc sống, các số 40, 41, 42.
  4. ^ Sắc lệnh số 67-SL ngày 14/5/1950 của Chủ tịch Nước Việt Nam Dân chủ Cộng hòa. Truy cập ngày 13 tháng 6 năm 2013.
  5. ^ Sắc lệnh số 64-SL ngày 22/4/1958 của Chủ tịch Nước Việt Nam Dân chủ Cộng hòa. Truy cập ngày 13 tháng 6 năm 2013.
  6. ^ "Tổ chức trọng thể lễ tang Thượng tướng Trần Văn Quang - Xã hội - Dân trí". 2013-09-16. Retrieved 2013-12-08.