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Delegates at the conference

In his opening remarks, Deputy Defense Minister Lieutenant General Nguyen Tan Cuong briefed delegates on the life and revolutionary career of General Le Duc Anh.  Particularly, comrade Le Duc Anh was born in Thua Thien - Hue province, a locality rich in patriotism and revolutionary tradition. He started participating in revolutionary activities in 1937 and was admitted to the Communist Party of Vietnam in May 1938. During his more-than-80-year revolutionary career, comrade Le Duc Anh always promoted the iron will and virtues of a firm, decisive and creative communist while successfully fulfilling all assigned missions.

At the event, Deputy Chief of the General Department of Politics Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Trong Nghia also recalled milestones in the revolutionary career of comrade Le Duc Anh and his great contributions to the August Revolution 1945, anti-French and anti-American wars for national independence, border defense struggles, and international service.

In their reports, delegates at the seminar affirmed comrade Le Duc Anh was an unyielding communist, an excellent strategic advisor, righteous general, and a wonderful example of the bright virtues of an Uncle Ho's soldier. As the Chief of Staff of the Saigon - Cho Lon Command, comrade Le Duc Anh made great contributions to promoting the guerrilla warfare in key areas. From 1969 to 1973, the then Military Region 9’s Commander comrade Le Duc Anh stood side by side with troops and people in the Mekong Delta region to protect liberated areas, contributing to creating a springboard to gain the final victory in the 1975 Spring General Offensive and Uprising.

From 1978 to 1979, Commander cum Political Commissar of Military Region 7 Le Duc Anh instructed the military region’s armed forces to consolidate forces and push Pol Pot troops out of the country. 

Moreover, as a Defense Minister, General Le Duc Anh and other defense leaders made effective recommendations for the Party and State to issue military and defense guidelines and national protection strategies in the new period. During his career as a defense minister, General Le Duc Anh led and instructed the whole military to build the whole people’s defense disposition, people’s armed forces, defensive areas, and a “Revolutionary, regular, elite, and increasingly modern” military. He also cared about troops’ living conditions and paid special attention to carrying out policies for troops’ families.

With a strategic vision and sound instruction, General Le Duc Anh helped the Vietnamese naval force grow stronger, contributing to firmly protecting national sovereignty and national interests and to ensuring a peaceful environment at sea. 

As the State President, General Le Duc Anh and the Politburo issued important policies for the renewal process and national defense cause, helping Vietnam overcome economic crises and embargos.

Concluding the seminar, Director of the Vietnam Institute of Military History Major General, Dr. Nguyen Hoang Nhien highlighted the efforts of delegates in preparing reports. He affirmed that they underscored the brilliant contributions of comrade Le Duc Anh to different fields while demonstrating the respect and deep gratitude of the Party, State, military, and people to comrade Le Duc Anh.

Translated by Tran Hoai