Chapter 7. Told lies too: “The attacks on the Presidential Palace” and “hit US Embassy”.
Episode 28. Tran Si Hung gave the untruthful stories! (Some versions also “hit US Embassy” – 1968.)
(Tran Si Hung: (it is said that) the brother of Muoi Huong)
- Tran Si Hung: “hit US Embassy“.
(Provisional translation) “Suddenly I was shocked to believe Mr. Tran Si Hung (known Mr. Tu Hung) was death, although only three years he reaches the age of 90. Talk to him, many people thought he was about 70 years old. Because he is young body shape, style and thinking, speech, vision…
…Earlier this year, on occasion of the 40th anniversary of hit US Embassy in Saigon, he told me that the tears poured out:
– 16 brothers was sacrificed, just me alone. I remember, at the noon of 30th Tet day, Hai Chi (special team officers) approached me and informe the plan to hit US Embassy. I knew that this was additional duty, hurried, not been prepared carefully in both people and vehicles. Because New Year’s Day may be having money but can not buy the cars, therefore, Hai Chi borrows my car and asked me to drive.
Until then, Hai Chi still thinks I am patriotic entrepreneur and not know me as strategic intelligence. If you hit other targets, I refused immediately, because I could not do as a violent job, but this is extremely important goal, hitting not only rocked Saigon but also making enemies across the hemisphere terrified.
Late afternoon, I drove Dauphine with 4 seats, white colour to Binh noodle shop (No. 7 Yen Do, Ly Chinh Thang Street nowadays). This is the forward headquarters of the Mau Than campaign (tet 1968). Around midnight, I drove Ba Den (real Rangers captain) and three more people and then around to the Notre Dame area. Going after my car was a light truck, troop transport. When I stopped the car close to the curb, in front the US Embassy, the soldiers quickly jumped into the explosive pressure against the wall, and then break into explosive, just shot B40, just explode explosive
When brothers out of the car, I drove into the nearby alley and walk out a vacant house opposite the embassy to observe. If the cars drove off on or walk on our street will arrest immediately, so I chose to sit back position. Heard the explosion, dozens of police cars Zeep and military police arrived, soldiers scattered along the wall, intend guns pointing out. A few later moments’ archipelago helicopter, shoot down at the embassy’s house, I painfully, be sure that you (brothers) sacrifice…
At that time he thought of his brother, not knowing what direction are, dead or alive? That person is Tran Quoc Huong (often called Muoi Huong), By that moment, He is commander of strategic intelligence group inner Saigon, later as Secretary of the Party Central Committee, Head of the Central Internal Affairs. He said: “I met brothers in prison Diem – Nhu, the years 1959 – 1964. After meeting several times in the street but keeping the principles, we do not dare to get together, do not talk ..” (source: Saigon Liberation, “Far away and helpers rocked Saigon in spring 1968!” 22/10/2008, ĐÀO VĂN SỬ, http://www.sggp.org.vn/chinhtri/2008/10/169226/)
Reviews: 1. “plan to hit US Embassy” storytelling with one person “patriotic entrepreneur ” – not communist?
“special team officers” prepared “plan to hit US Embassy” too sketchy?
“I remember, at the noon of 30th Tet day, Hai Chi (special team officers) approached me and informe the plan to hit US Embassy.”, “Until then, Hai Chi still thinks I am patriotic entrepreneur and not know me as strategic intelligence.”
- Quick as “cinema” that?
“noon of 30th Tet day, Hai Chi approached me…” – “Late afternoon, I drove Dauphine with 4 seats…” – “Around midnight, I drove Ba Den (real Rangers captain)…“?
- “strategic intelligence” but disorganized that?
“If you hit other targets, I refused immediately, because I could not do as a violent job, but this is extremely important goal, hitting not only rocked Saigon but also making enemies across the hemisphere terrified.”
- “police and military” to “Hung escaped”?
(While in “a vacant house opposite the embassy “)
“When two brothers out of the car, I drove into the nearby alley and walk out a vacant house opposite the embassy to observe. If the cars drove off on or walk on our street will arrest immediately, so I chose to sit back position. Heard the explosion, dozens of police cars Zeep and military police arrived, soldiers scattered along the wall, intend guns pointing out. A few later moments’ archipelago helicopter, shoot down at the embassy’s house, I painfully, be sure that you sacrifice….”
- As stated by Tran Si Hung: “Ba Den (real Rangers captain)” died!
“16 brothers was sacrificed, just me alone. …I painfully, be sure that you sacrifice…”
Who was telling the story below?
- Some versions also “hit US Embassy” but no Tran Si Hung.
(Here the story gets a bit vague …)
- Version1. no Tran Si Hung.
(Roughly translated) “… Mr. Ngo Van Van, born in 1925, in the village of Ha Luong, Ha Ho Commune, Thuong Tin district, Ha Dong province (now Ha Tay) … Receive tasks and return to the unit, he convened at detailed mandate thoroughly and assign tasks to team members. Accordingly to Mr. Hai Chi – Politburo member in charge of the contact line with the base in the city, in charge of ideological and political work, serves for battle. Mr. Ba Dung – Deputy Commander, responsible for contacts with armed groups urban and peri-urban areas. And he was the commander.
Finishing work, it’s time to prepare superiors ordered: “Just 12 oclock noon of January 30, 1968, the whole team present at the meeting point in the city.”
Under the plan, on the morning of January 30th, officers and soliders get up early, bathing, hair repair, celebrate the New Year. Everyone wear uniform, badges of a military army Wei. All the preparatory work has been completed; all detachments aboard military vehicle drove by Mr. Ba Bao in the city went on road 1, until 11 hours 30 minutes to checkpoints Cu Chi, Ba Bao comrades to pass the vehicle. Meanwhile, Mr. Hue recognized that having someone following up by motorcycles.
Mr. Hue also recognize his face, is a technique called back. He also recognized Mr. Hue’s surface on car, immediately to pass ahead in Cau Bong lookout. So he still commands military turned around temporary lay low in Bao May, Comrades and contact with Mr. Bay Hoang, were driving the car JEP, from Saigon. To trick the enemy, the entire division again to replace other army uniforms and headed to Saigon, he ordered: On the way to meet the enemy thwarted, would fire to kill to pass!
2 pm, to the city, whole detachments scattered groups on the bases. That night, the nose gathered at Mrs.Hue’s house, owner of the garage repairing the car in Phan Thanh Gian. Mr.Van and two comrades drove a car po – do 208 white colors to Thong Nhat Boulevard to reach the target, observe the terrain. The diagram inside the embassy had brothers provided military intelligence.
All the weapons and ammunition were gathered in garage of Hue’ house. At half past 12 at night campaign at headquarters commander in Binh Pho shop no 7 of Yen Do street, Mr.Van was reported to Mr. Ba Thang – Political Commissar and Mr. Tu Chu – commanders (Colonel Nguyen Duc Hung), They motivated detachment commanded determined to complete the task.
3 am, the entire troops comes under the plan. Cars pick up the special task force to embassy gate, two soldiers holding AK dived quickly scan multiple rounds kill American soldiers hung neatly in the main port, while curbing the remaining names. Two other comrades hugged explosive exhalation, demolish fences watchtower. Full detachments opened fire simultaneously entering to overwhelm. Then they split into three teams, the first team occupies a front gate, the second team hit tailgate (Mac Dinh Chi Street), and the rest team hit directly administrative staff.
About half an hour later, the enemy began to support from external aid? Apart from run-way armored vehicles like dump roar and shoot projectiles at our troops. Fighters have just recently helped fight cabinets, furniture nature constitute obstacles to defense. In moments, from the next floor, the Americans have flocked to. Helicopter parked on the roof to carrying American soldiers’s wife and children fleeing. And armored vehicles surrounded the embassy, forming the enclosure below beaten up, beaten-down on the floor.
Also during this time, at the entrance side (Mac Dinh Chi Street) and staff quarters Embassy, there are hundreds of American soldiers, wearing helmets, wearing armor and holding a submachine squad R15 staging war play. Followed by dozens of journalists and helmet, holding a camera, camcorder scurry around. Some prisoners had caught was rushed to the third floor. Mr. Van showed them to a room and locked it. The situation becomes very urgent; Mr. Van still commanded major pursuing the enemy attack. Mr. Vinh carry two guns Bring B40.
…. Looking at the clock, this time is 9 am, he was occupied the US Embassy nearly 6 hours. Seeing no gunfire around of our troops, open a very bold idea; I hugged explosive package cow pressed stair wall, awaiting US soldiers pulled down from upstairs, and then break the bat startled smile. A green fire flashed lightning, thundering crash. American soldiers came up falling, Mr. Van also thrown away and fainted…
… October 1973 the US was the handover, he come to work in the Special Command until the liberation of South Vietnam, national reunification.
(source: People’s Police Newspapar, “Special troops and 6 hours rangers invaded the US Embassy New Year 1968″, 02/09/2006, Ngọc Minh)
Reviews: “Trần Sĩ Hùng” or “Ngô Văn Vân” is true?
Or even two of them tell lies?
- In the story of “Tran Si Hung”: “Ba Den (real Rangers captain) – (Ngo Van Van)” died!
In the story of “Ngo Van Van”: No one is Tran Si Hung!
- If Tran Si Hung = “Mr. Tu Chu – commanders (Colonel Nguyen Duc Hung)“
Shall never, by: Fullname incorrect!
Further, Mr. Tu Chu = commanders, While in Tran Si Hung = “noon of 30th Tet day, Hai Chi approached…“!
- In the story of “Ngo Van Van”: “2 pm, to the city, whole detachments scattered groups on the bases.” No story: “I remember, at the noon of 30th Tet day, Hai Chi (special team officers) approached me and informe the plan to hit US Embassy.” as in the story of “Tran Si Hung”!
- Tran Si Hung told lies!
Ngo Van Van have is the truth?
In the story of “Ngo Van Van”:
Early morning start from “the VC zone” (Everyone wear uniform, badges of a military army Wei.) – “until 11 hours 30 minutes to checkpoints Cu Chi“, and then, “Meanwhile, Mr. Hue recognized that having someone following up by motorcycles.
Mr. Hue also recognize his face, is a technique called back. He also recognized Mr. Hue’s surface on car, immediately to pass ahead in Cau Bong lookout.” and then, “2 pm, to the city“…
This is just one story fiction!
- Version2. also no Tran Si Hung.
(Roughly translated) “1 hour 45 minutes, the team of 17 rangers 11 officers and soldiers led by Mr. Ngo Thanh Van (Ba Den), starting from the No. 59 Phan Thanh Gian on 2 passenger cars, used explosive breakdown array blockhouse wall near the corner of Thong Nhat-Mac Dinh Chi broke into the US Embassy site, occupied from 1 to 3 floor, from 3 to 4 am, a joint US forces, puppet retorted, used firepower from fire to buildings. At 5 am, 101 division troops by helicopter to the building terrace. We were shooting wildly, they have not done. 7 am, US military police carrying gas masks stormed the main gate. Nearly 8 hours, new helicopters and troops were hit from the terrace down by fire and chemistry. From upstairs, enemy grenade thrown into clusters, almost was wounded and died. To 9 hours, the enemy overrun the US Embassy; Ba Den was survival, wounded. American soldiers downstairs, Mr. Ba Den finally took all of her strength left jerky percussion players robbed of enemy artillery, but not enough to throw away. Prime firecrackers, all covered in smoke and comrade fainted. Ba Den was arrested; he was the only remaining witness of the battle the US Embassy Tet 1968.” (People’s Army newspaper, Saigon special task-Jiading Spring 1968, ĐOÀN HOÀI TRUNG, 22/08/2013, http://vndefence.info/tin/ho-so/657/biet-dong-sai-gon-gia-dinh-xuan-mau-than-1968/)
Reviews: 1. “from 3 to 4 am, a joint US forces, puppet retorted, used firepower from fire to buildings. At 5 am, 101 division troops by helicopter to the building terrace” and “To 9 hours, the enemy overrun the US Embassy” to “Hung escaped”?
- “Ba Den was survival, wounded” và “Ba Den was arrested; he was the only remaining witness of the battle the US Embassy Tet 1968.“
“Trần Sĩ Hùng” or “Ba Den” is true?
The truth is all wrong!
III. New York Times – 1968.
“The front page of the February 1 New York Times showed a picture of the U.S. Embassy in Saigon under assault. Guerrillas had blasted their way into the embassy and held part of the grounds for nearly six hours. All nineteen guerrillas were killed, as were four MPs, a marine guard, and a South Vietnamese embassy employee…” (Perfect Spy, Chapter 5, Page 10/25)
There is no story: “US was the handover prisoner“!
Thus, the “Tran Si Hung” and “Ngo Van Van” is only fiction!
- Tran Si Hung and Tran Van Lai – Narrator same a motifs:
(Tran Si Hung “hit US Embassy” as Tran Van Lai “attacks on the Presidential Palace”.)
(Roughly translated) “Special Army Museum which houses the Hino truck plate number EC-6045. It is the vehicle of entrepreneur Mai Hong Que, who is quite popular among the wealthy in Saigon before 1975, to free up to the Presidential Palace.
… Thanks to the experience of furnishing worker and his skill, Mr. Nam Lai was engaged in the top of repairman for Royal Cambodian throne, the king’s father Sihanouk praised Huang. In addition to generous bonuses, each worker was granted a right of entry certificates for coming Cambodia anytime without permission.
This is a “broken amulet” in the lifetime of his secret activities. Thanks to this certificate, he was accepted as an interior, can freely come to the Presidential Palace, and this is also the way to his rise to become entrepreneurs. A cover for activity in the city.
… In 1966, the organization assigned him to prepare weapons storage facility for a commando force. He bought three houses of number 287/70 Nguyen Dinh Chieu Street in Ho Chi Minh City and two cars: Citroen NCE-345 number plates and Hino truck bearing plate number EC-6045. Pictures contractors often drive with imprinted paper dragon emptive favorable to him to ship cement, bricks, sand, iron building secret tunnels. In 1967 cellar 30m wide, 2.5m deep secret camouflaged completed, by the end of that year he repeatedly used car plate number EC-6045 carrying 2.5 tons of weapons including guns, explosives, ammunition bunker to hide in his house.
In the attack of 1968 year, 19 soldiers present at No 287/70 get starting weapons. Mr.To Hoai Thanh – Team Head (Ba Thanh) assigned Nam Lai stay resupply weapons to other attacks but Nam Lai firmly suggested to participate in this time because he know the way to entrance in the palace. At 1 hour 30 minutes on 3-1-1968, Mr. Nam Lai drove the car EC-6045 cars pick Ba Thanh up on the way of Tran Quy Cap and turning to Le Van Duyet street (The August Revolution street now) and turning to Nguyen Du street pressed tailgate Independence Palace, after a series of AK guns to kill rifles guard, a soldier rushed to put explosive port. Non- explosion drugs, our soldiers continue Hurdles attack on the palace. Now at that moment the enemy shoot violent, Ba Thanh was hit, before sacrifice, Ba Thanh ask the comrades continue to fight, keep the war of position, only Mr. Nam Lai must come back immediately to resupply weapons, Nam Lai returned home but remotely have seen top secret military siege, while a helicopter heavenly islands and torrential bullets into the house 287/70. He Know that basis were revealed, he ran the Ben Thanh market and then hide in the coal cellar housing 720 Vo Di Nguy (now Nguyen Kiem street, Go Vap ward), then he came to a central region for his activity.
After recognizing Nam Lai is soldiers of special task force troops who held weapons shipments hit Independence Palace in Tet of 1968, we pursued the enemy aggressively while offering 2 million reward for anyone who caught him to give the authorities. Until to 1972, Nam Lai was arrested in Quang Ngai but called others name in the paper, this time he make believe that he was crazy, they did not catch anything so they must release …”
(source: Contractors doing commando, vietnamnet, Thanh Lê, 14/02/2013, http://vietnamnet.vn/vn/kinh-te/108904/nha-thau-khoan-lam-biet-dong-thanh.html)
- Jointly “patriotic entrepreneur “.
- Jointly “drive to war”.
- Jointly “the intelligence” to support.
- Jointly “the only survivors” – while all dead!
– entrepreneur Tran Si Hung: “Late afternoon, I drove Dauphine with 4 seats, white colour to Binh noodle shop (No. 7 Yen Do, Ly Chinh Thang Street nowadays). This is the forward headquarters of the Mau Than campaign (tet 1968 – Tet Offensive).”
– “entrepreneur Mai Hong Que“: “At 1 hour 30 minutes on 3-1-1968, Mr. Nam Lai drove the car EC-6045 cars pick Ba Thanh up on the way of Tran Quy Cap and turning to Le Van Duyet street (The August Revolution street now) and turning to Nguyen Du street pressed tailgate Independence Palace.“
Narrator same a motifs!
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