During the visit, the site’s management board briefed the delegation on the life of late Prof Tran Dai Nghia as well as the preservation of the memorial site in association with local authorities.

Senior Lieutenant General Be Xuan Truong speaking to the managers of the Tran Dai Nghia memorial site

General Truong, on behalf of the delegation, spoke highly of the unit’s achievements over the past time. He also affirmed the great contributions of late Prof Tran Dai Nghia not only to military weapons but also to the national resistance wars against foreign invaders. His thoughts on science and technology still bears important values today.

Through his life and career, he has set a good example for generations to preserve and promote in science-technology and defense industry.  Prof. Nghia will be remembered as having made great achievements in the Vietnam’s defense industry which contributed to the cause of national protection, added General Truong. For example, in 1947, shortly after he returned to Vietnam to join the revolution with late President Ho Chi Minh, he successfully designed and tested an improvised bazooka (a type of portable recoilless anti-tank rocket launcher weapon) and this was only one of many locally produced weapons which were very necessary in the early days of the revolution. Rising to the rank of Major-General, he also held many academic positions and a number of government positions where he concentrated on increasing the industrial capacity of the early Vietnamese state.

During the visit, the MND’s delegation presented some home-made modern military equipment and offered incense and planted trees at the memorial site.

Translated by Minh Anh