Who's Who
Key Players in the War

Duong Van Minh
Photo: AP

Known as "Big Minh" because of his size, he was trained by French and later became the senior army officer when Ngo Dinh Diem established his government in 1955. He led the coup against Diem in November, 1963 and was himself toppled two months later. Minh took over the South Vietnamese regime again in April 1975 and surrendered to North Vietnamese troops in Saigon.

Karnow, Stanley; "Vietnam: A History"

Duong Van Minh
Ho Chi Minh
Le Duc Tho
Nguyen Cao Ky
Ngyuen Huu Tho
Nguyen Van Thieu
Tran Van Tra
Vo Nguyen Giap

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