General Van Tien Dung (front, second, right) visits the Quyet thang (Determined to win) Army corps in 1075 (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – A ceremony was held in Hanoi on April 27 to mark the 100th birth anniversary of General Van Tien Dung, former Defence Minister and a talented commander of the Vietnam People’s Army.

The event, organised by the Central Military Commission, the Ministry of National Defence and authorities of Hanoi, saw the participation of Party General Secretary and Secretary of the Central Military Commission Nguyen Phu Trong, Standing member of the Party Central Committee’s Secretariat Dinh The Huynh, and Vice Secretary of the Central Military Commission and Defence Minister General Ngo Xuan Lich, among others.

General Van Tien Dung, alias Le Hoai, was born on May 2, 1917 in Co Nhue commune of Hanoi’s Tu Liem district (now Co Nhue 2 ward of Bac Tu Liem district).

During the resistance war against the US, he directly commanded many successful campaigns such as the Road 9 – Southern Laos Campaign in 1971, the campaign to liberate the Central Highlands in 1975, and the historic Ho Chi Minh Campaign that liberated Southern Vietnam and led to national reunification in April 1975.

After the national reunification, he was appointed as Defence Minister, First Vice Secretary and then Secretary of the Central Military Party Committee.

Dung was promoted to the rank of General in 1974. He served as a member of the Party Central Committee from the third to the sixth tenure, and as a Politburo member from the third to the fifth tenure.

Addressing the ceremony, General Ngo Xuan Lich stressed that for more than 65 years of revolutionary activities, Dung was a prime example of an undaunted communist who was completely loyal to the Party and devoted himself to people. He was one of the most excellent commanders of the Vietnamese army, a strategist and a wholehearted leader greatly contributing to the struggle for national liberation, development and protection.

He passed away in March 2002.

Lt. Gen. Khuat Duy Tien, who used to fight under the command of General Dung, said that Dung was his teacher and a big brother and also a visionary general who developed the Party’s military guidelines and art of military leadership. He had a scientific working style while being serious in work but also modest and accessible in the daily life.-VNA