General Vo Nguyen Giap, 103, has passed away in Hanoi due to old age,
said a special communique released by the Communist Party of Vietnam’s
Central Committee (CPVCC), the National Assembly, the President, the
Government, the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee and the CPV
CC’s Military Commission on October 5.
The communiqué said the General died at the Central Military Hospital 108 at 6:09 PM on October 4.
General Giap, real name Vo Giap (alias Van), was born in Loc Thuy
commune, Le Thuy district, the central province of Quang Binh on August
He served as a Politburo member, Secretary of the
CPVCC’s Military Commission, Standing Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of
National Defence, Commander-in-Chief of the Vietnamese People’s Army
and a National Assembly deputy from the first to seventh tenure.
During his revolutionary life spanning over 80 years, the General
rendered significant services to the Party and the nation. As an eminent
student close to President Ho Chi Minh, the first General and
Commander-in-Chief of the Vietnamese People’s Army, he was loved and
respected by the people and international friends and a pride of
generations of officers and soldiers nationwide.
was awarded the Party and State’s Golden Star Order, the Ho Chi Minh
Order, the 70-year Party membership badge and many other noble orders
and medals both at home and abroad.
His death is a great loss
to the Party, the State, people and army, the communiqué said, adding
that a State funeral will be held for the General.-VNA