As the United States strives to hand over the defence of South Vietnam entirely to South Vietnamese forces, a heavy responsibility falls on South Vietnamese military leaders like General Nguyen Van Minh, the subject of this profile.
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Walks to helicopter
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Aerial showing flooded paddies
Minh out and welcomed by officer
Minh and officer walk past camera
Cutaway helicopters fly overhead
Minh gets briefing on troop movements
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Minh inside helicopter in silhouette
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Minh and others eat box lunch
Aerial armoured personnel carrier (APC)
Helicopter lands and Minh gets out
Minh meets troops
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Minh talks to soldier and reassures him
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Background: As the United States strives to hand over the defence of South Vietnam entirely to South Vietnamese forces, a heavy responsibility falls on South Vietnamese military leaders like General Nguyen Van Minh, the subject of this profile.
General Van Minh, aged 42, and 20 years a soldier, took over last February as commander of Military region Three form the flamboyant Lieutenant-General Do Cao Tri, who was killed in a helicopter crash.
Region three embraces the eastern part of the Khmer Republic and much of the southern part of South Vietnam, especially round Saigon.
Since he took over, Genera. Minh has been faced with some severe setbacks, notably the loss of the strategic crossroads town of Snoul to attacking North Vietnamese in the last week of May.
The South Vietnamese beat a disorderly retreat to the Vietnamese border to their rear, and later ARVN 5 Division Commander Major-General Nguyen Van Hieu was relieved of his command. Rumours in Saigon at that time suggested that General Van Minh himself might be relieved, but this was never confirmed.
SYNOPSIS: Last February Lieutenant-General Nguyen Van Minh of the South Vietnamese Army was given an unenviable task - the job of succeeding lieutenant-General Do Cao Tri, the flamboyant and highly successful commander of the South Vietnamese armed forces in the Khmer Republic, the former Cambo But General Minh, one of South Vietnam's most decorated soldiers rose to the occasion, and has p??? a very able successor to General Tri, who was killed in a helicopter crash.
General Minh, aged 42, and 20 years a soldier, likes to get out among his men. Each day his personal helicopter ferries him from unit to unit. He recently personally directed a hunt for 800 Communist guerrillas believed to be operating on the northern flank of highway One in the Khmer Republic. He was continually on the move, being briefed at every stop by his officers in the field.
Then, where the situation had been appraised at one position, General Minh was off again in his helicopter, fluttering over the flooded paddy fields from artillery bases to mobile armoured units. At the moment the General commands ten thousand troops in the Khmer Republic - about half the peak total during the dry season. Now the country is blanketed by the monsoon making troop movements difficult. The area under General Minh's command is known as Military region Three, embracing the eastern part of the Khmer Republic and much of the southern part of South Vietnam, especially around Saigon. General Minh is also military governor of Saigon, the job he had before succeeding General Tri.
The General prefers however to be out in the field among his troops rather than in Saigon. In Saigon, he complains, he has to deal with politicians instead of soldiers. He likes nothing better than to take time off to have words with the lowliest soldier to find out what he thinks. He says he is very proud of the performance of his With his battle record and mobile tactics, General Minh has earned the respect of his officers and ???