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    Legendary Vietnamese General Dead at 102

    Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara, left, who helped direct America's War in Vietnam, shakes hands with Vietnamese General Vo Nguyen Giap, right, commander of the North Vietnamese Army in Hanoi on Nov. 9, 1995.
    Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara, left, who helped direct America's War in Vietnam, shakes hands with Vietnamese General Vo Nguyen Giap, right, commander of the North Vietnamese Army in Hanoi on Nov. 9, 1995.
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    Western news media report independence hero General Vo Nguyen Giap, who forced the French and later the Americans out of Vietnam, has died at the age of 102.
     
    Giap, a communist revolutionary known for his guerrilla tactics, is one of Vietnam's most revered figures, second only to his mentor, late revolutionary leader Ho Chi Minh.
     
    A self-taught military strategist and the founding father of the Vietnam People's Army, Giap was an inspiration to anti-colonial forces worldwide.
     
    He is perhaps best recognized for his 1954 victory over the French at Dien Bien Phu, which led to Vietnam's independence and the collapse of the French control of Indochina.
     
    Giap went on to defeat the U.S.-backed South Vietnam government in 1975 in the Vietnam War.
     
    News reports quote anonymous Vietnamese officials say Giap died Friday in a military hospital in Hanoi, where he had spent the last three years growing weaker in health.
     
    Some information for this report was provided by AP and AFP.

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    by: Jonathan Huang from: Canada
    October 05, 2013 11:44 AM
    As a Chinese I pay my Respect to this hero. What he did was amazing and always inspire those small nations to fight against big bullies such as US and EU.
    Wish Vietnam prosperity and peace.
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    by: Anonymous
    October 06, 2013 10:03 AM
    Being a Vietnamese, thank you!!
    In Response

    by: Huynh Mai from: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
    October 06, 2013 9:14 AM
    Hi Jonathan Huang,

    Thank you for showing your respect to our National Hero, General Vo Nguyen Giap. You make me not only admire your depth knowledge but also change my way of thinking.

    by: Anonymous
    October 05, 2013 5:42 AM
    The hero of Viet Nam,You are always in our heart, forever. We, the children of Viet Nam, always miss you and your sacrifice for our country. We promise to live, study well to make Viet Nam become more and more peaceful and happy.

    by: henrynguyen from: usa
    October 04, 2013 7:18 PM
    This guy was an evil of Vietnamese.He himself killed a lot of innocent Vietnamese people from 1945 'till 1975 and then, his
    Communist Party continuing terror,arrest,torture and grab all properties of people and ,finally,as millionaires,billionaires...so what
    we call him now.A mafia or a murderer,both is correct!!!
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    by: Hoang from: Canada
    October 07, 2013 8:17 AM
    Henry Nguyen tells the truth. Giap did kill a lot of innocent Vietnamese to gain power. When Vietnam is free from communism,
    the truth about Giap will be known.
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    by: Vinh from: Vietnam
    October 05, 2013 7:44 AM
    Yeah. Every military general is a murderer. That is why we hate war. But u should know that he did that so he can save his country. To u, he is a Mafia or Murderer. But to me, he is a hero.
    And u can say what u want but the world will reconize him as a
    Legendary Vietnamese General
    So get a life, don't live in a past, man. Ur side lost. Suck it up
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    by: Tony Le from: Hanoi
    October 05, 2013 6:02 AM
    henrynguyen, you do not deserve to comment on Vo Nguyen Giap. Because a fly can not describe the magnitude of an elephant.
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    by: Anonymous
    October 05, 2013 5:36 AM
    You don't deserve to be a VietNamese. Can't believe what I saw??? Why can you say that? Do you know how many people sacrifice themself to give you your life???
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    by: chien from: seoul
    October 05, 2013 2:21 AM
    Are you reactionary? Look at my country, please! if we have no mass contribution of Giap and Ho Chi Minh, perhaps we still being slavers for your family ( who sell one's country). Ofcouse you are never welcomed in my country. Keep your smile and please dont give disgusting speech like that.
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    by: thinh from: VN
    October 05, 2013 12:54 AM
    you are madman

    by: Markt
    October 04, 2013 4:22 PM
    give credit where credit is due...he started with nothing and he built up a credible fighting force that defeated not one, but two larger military powers. By 1975, he had created the third largest army in the world.

    by: Rudy Haugeneder from: Canada
    October 04, 2013 11:47 AM
    Gen.Giap, 102, the philosophic eco-martyr. A great military leader and strategist who forever changed the modern world, it will nevertheless be his environmental concerns and efforts that ensure he will be forever remembered -- should humanity survive another several decades, perhaps anot

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