Nguyễn Văn Thiệu

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Nguyễn Văn Thiệu
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2nd President of South Vietnam
In office
31 October 1967 – 21 April 1975
Prime MinisterNguyễn Văn Lộc
Trần Văn Hương
Trần Thiện Khiêm
Nguyễn Bá Cẩn
Vice PresidentNguyễn Cao Kỳ
(1967-1971)
Trần Văn Hương
(1971-1975)
Preceded byPhan Khắc Sửu
Succeeded byDương Văn Minh
Chairman of the National Leadership Committee of the Republic of Vietnam
In office
14 June 1965 – 31 October 1967
Prime MinisterNguyễn Cao Kỳ
Personal details
Born(1923-04-05)5 April 1923
Phan Rang–Tháp Chàm, Ninh Thuận Province, French Indochina
Died29 September 2001(2001-09-29) (aged 78)[1]
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Political partyNational Social Democratic Front
Spouse(s)Madame Nguyen Van Thieu
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Nguyen Van Thieu or Nguyễn Văn Thiệu was the leader of South Vietnam from 1965 to 1975.[2][3] He was a general in the Army of the Republic of Vietnam. Thieu became head of a military junta, meaning the military controlled the government. He was then elected president.

Thieu quit being president on 21 April 1975. He then left the country. On 30 April 1975 the city of Saigon was taken by North Vietnam. This marked the end of the Vietnam War.

Death[change | change source]

Thieu died in 2001. He was 78 years old. He died in Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. He had a stroke at his home in Foxborough. He had been put on a respirator.[4][5] He was cremated and buried in Boston.[6]

References[change | change source]

  1. Butterfield, Fox (1 October 2001). "Nguyen Van Thieu Is Dead at 76; Last President of South Vietnam". New York Times. Retrieved 6 September 2016.
  2. Ronald B. Frankum Jr. Historical Dictionary of the War in Vietnam, 2011 p.331 "Nguyễn Văn Thiệu"
  3. Bruce M. Lockhart, William J. Duiker The A to Z of Vietnam, 2010, p.283. "Nguyễn Văn Thiệu"
  4. Lamb, David (1 October 2001). "Nguyen Van Thieu, 78; S. Vietnam's President". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 11 October 2009.
  5. Butterfield, Fox (1 October 2001). "Nguyen Van Thieu Is Dead at 76; Last President of South Vietnam". The New York Times. Retrieved 11 October 2009.
  6. "Former President Thiệu Died" Archived 2009-02-01 at the Wayback Machine