According to the museum, the blood stain belonged to martyr Dong Quoc Binh, a naval soldier of Regiment 171 (present Brigade 171 under the Naval Region 2 Command). Comrade Binh sacrificed his life while performing duty on Ship 134 of Regiment 171 in battle against the U.S. Air Force on August 5, 1964 in the waters of Bai Chay, Quang Ninh province.

The ammo box with blood stains of martyr Dong Quoc Binh on display at the Naval Museum

Soldier Dong Quoc Binh was born in 1945 in Dai Hop commune, Kien Thuy district, Hai Phong city. In 1963, he joined the military and became a naval soldier of Regiment 171 after a training course.

On the morning of August 5, 1964, when he had just left his unit to start going on leave, the siren rang. Binh immediately returned to the unit, boarding Ship 134, taking on the task of refueling at positions 3, 5, and 6 and teamed up with comrades to fight enemy aircraft.

The battle was fierce. An enemy aircraft frantically dived and fired rockets at Ship 134, seriously injuring Binh in the abdomen.

Although he was bleeding profusely, Binh did not leave his fighting position. He held the wound with one hand and continued giving ammo to his comrades with the other.

Afterwards, the aircraft was shot down by our air defense force. Our troops and people captured a U.S. pilot alive in Bai Tu Long Bay.

Heavily wounded and lost too much blood, Binh passed away despite his comrades’ great efforts to save him.

Binh’s unit then handed over one of the ammo boxes involved in the battle on August 5, 1964 on Ship 134 with blood stains of fallen soldier Dong Quoc Binh to the Navy Museum for display to educate naval officers and soldiers and tourists about the traditions of the Navy.

Translated by Chung Anh