Memories of A General

At the age of 87, Lieutenant-General Pham Hong Cu, former Deputy Head of the Vietnam People’s Army’s General Department of Politics, has kept intact in his mind the triumphal historic imprints of the nation over the past 10,000 days. He went through two resistance wars against the French and American invaders for national salvation.

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Lieutenant-General Pham Hong Cu and his comrades in the battlefield of Quang Tri in 1972. Photo: File

In 1975, Lieutenant-General Pham Hong Cu worked as the Head of the Culture Department  and the Envoy of the General Department of Politics. Photo: File

In 1975, Lieutenant-General Pham Hong Cu worked as the Head of the Culture Department and the Envoy of the General Department of Politics. Photo: File



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Having devoted his whole life with great merits to the army, Lieutenant-General Pham Hong Cu has been awarded many notable distinctions, including the Independence Order, 2nd Class; the War Order, 2nd and 3rd Class; the Victory Order, 2nd Class; the anti-US Resistance War Order, 1st Class; the Fighters’ Glory Order, 1st, 2nd and 3rd Class; the “Determine to Win” Military Flag Medal; the insignia for his 65-year Party membership, among others.

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Lieutenant-General Pham Hong Cu (October, 2013). Photo: Tat Son

Lieutenant-General Pham Hong Cu (October, 2013). Photo: Tat Son


Lieutenant-General Pham Hong Cu visits the Vietnam Military History Museum  which preserves many souvenirs of the wars. Photo: Tat SonLieutenant-General Pham Hong Cu visits the Vietnam Military History Museum which preserves many souvenirs of the wars. Photo: Tat Son


The artifacts of the war remind Lieutenant-General Pham Hong Cu of the nation's glorious history. Photo: Tat Son

The artifacts of the war remind Lieutenant-General Pham Hong Cu of the nation's glorious history. Photo: Tat Son



Lieutenant-General Pham Hong Cu talks with young soldiers. Photo: Tat Son

Lieutenant-General Pham Hong Cu talks with young soldiers. Photo: Tat Son



Story: Ngan Ha – Photos: Tat Son, Files

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