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Posted by: Amaral General Bruce Palmer described him in his book The 25-Year War as a “tough, seasoned, fighting leader” and “probably the best field commander in South Vietnam.” General Creighton Abrams, who commanded American military operations in Vietnam from 1968 to 1972, told subordinates that he thought General Truong was capable of commanding an American division.

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General Cao Van Vien, chief of the South Vietnamese Joint General Staff from 1965 to 1975, later described Truong as “one of the best commanders at every echelon the Airborne Division ever had.”

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With his hands-on leadership, Truong quickly molded the division, which had a poor reputation prior to his arrival, into one of the best units in the South Vietnamese army. Lieutenant General Robert E. Cushman, commander of III Marine Amphibious Force in I Corps Tactical Zone, and his principal subordinate, Lt. Gen. Richard G. Stilwell, commander of XXIV Corps, both felt that because of Truong’s efforts, the ARVN 1st Division was “equal to any American unit.”

Full article: http://eyedrd.org/2011/08/ngo-quang-truong-the-most-brilliant-commander.html
Posted on: 03/11/2014 18:53:00

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Posted by: Alex E
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Of course, the title 'the most brilliant commander of the ARVN' is a bit like saying 'the most watertight compartment on the Titanic'
Posted on: 04/11/2014 10:36:00
Posted by: Amaral
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I admit that I laughed.
Posted on: 04/11/2014 20:58:00
Posted by: Alex E
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I try my best :)
Posted on: 04/11/2014 22:56:00
Posted by: Amaral
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Cheers. Back to the subject. The ARVN generals were a mixed bag of men. Some of them were politicians with uniform, other were only performing a job to put food on the table and other were very capable and dedicated their entire lives to the military and the defense of South Vietnam. Truong was lucky not to serve in the Indochina War; Lam Quang Thi, a young artillery lieutenant in 1952 serving in Tonkin, said that many of his friends who served in the infantry were wounded or killed in action during their first year after graduating from the military academy. Thi would later serve under Truong on the northern front (I Corps) from 1972 to 1975. In terms of armor and airborne operations the South Vietnamese were second to none and the Americans learned how to operate with AFVs in Vietnam with the ARVN - who maintained the French tradition of the cavalry as an "arme noble".
Posted on: 06/11/2014 01:19:00

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