Gac Ma battle should be included in textbooks: historians

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The 1988 battle against Chinese forces on Gac Ma Island, part of Vietnam's Truong Sa archipelago in the East Sea, in which 64 Vietnamese naval soldiers were killed, should be included in textbooks, two historians have suggested. >> Vietnam launches program to honor fallen Hoang Sa-Truong Sa soldiers >> Sculptor proposes building stone island for Truong Sa heroes >> Memorial temple to warm souls of fallen Truong Sa heroes >> Vietnam to build memorial temple for fallen Truong Sa soldiers … [Read more...]

Vietnam launches program to honor fallen Hoang Sa-Truong Sa soldiers

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The Vietnam General Labor Confederation solemnly launched a program on Thursday to commemorate 138 Vietnamese soldiers who fell in the 1974 and 1988 battles against Chinese forces to safeguard Vietnam's sovereignty of Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagoes in the East Sea. >> Sculptor proposes building stone island for Truong Sa heroes >> Memorial temple to warm souls of fallen Truong Sa heroes >> Vietnam to build memorial temple for fallen Truong Sa soldiers >> The US's … [Read more...]

Memorial temple to warm souls of fallen Truong Sa heroes

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A plan to build a memorial temple in south-central Khanh Hoa Province for 64 heroic Vietnamese combatants who perished in a 1988 battle to protect Vietnam's sovereignty over Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago in the East Sea against Chinese invaders has highly been applauded by the heroes' relatives. >> Vietnam to build memorial temple for fallen Truong Sa soldiers >> The US's evidence of Vietnam's sovereignty over islands >> Exhibition on evidence of VN's sovereignty over islands The … [Read more...]

Veterans in the Truong Sa 1988 battle to group up

The memorial ceremony of the martyrs who sacrificed in the battle on   the islands of Co Lin, Gac Ma and Len Dao on 14/3/1988.

VietNamNet Bridge - A meeting with the title "Towards the beloved Truong Sa" will be held in Da Nang City, with the participation of veterans and relatives of martyrs who sacrificed in the battle to save Truong Sa (Spratlys) Archipelago in March 1988. Mr. Thai Thanh Hung, chairman of the Veterans of Da Nang city, said the meeting will be held on the morning of March 14 (25 years after the battle to protect the Truong Sa Archipelago). In addition to family members of nine martyrs in Da Nang, … [Read more...]

Vietnamese veteran hero receives aid to build house

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Vietnam Veterans Association in the north-central province of Quang Binh together with a team of reporters handed over VND136 million (US$6,506) to Mai Xuan Hai, a veteran who fought to protect Gac Ma Island in Truong Sa (Spratly) Archipelago in 1988. Mai Xuan Hai (3rd from left in white shirt) receives financial aid to build a new house in Bo Trach District of Quang Binh Province (Photo: SGGP) On March 14, 1988, Mai Xuan Hai was illegally arrested from Leizhou Peninsula under China and held … [Read more...]

Chivalry on the open sea

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Among the fishermen who are 'born to dive' on Ly Son Island in the central province of Quang Ngai, most talented men form teams to salvage wreckage when necessary in the East Sea. Part 1: Born to divePart 2: Sea diving voyage worth a fortunePart 3: Sea diving - trophy and invalidity Part 4: Chivalry on the open sea Part 5: They join deep sea diving voyages to search for ships and human remains of soldiers from the Vietnamese Navy that were shot and destroyed by Chinese war ships near … [Read more...]

A link between the martyrs and the living

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The souls of martyrs are believed to accompany and support their beloved relatives as they make a connection between the two worlds. Stories and letters sent to these martyrs, and the search for their remains all indicate links between the living and the martyrs. The letter without a recipient The author of the letter without a recipient is Tran Thi Thu Ha, who wrote to her father Tran Duc Thong – the chief of the Vietnamese forces engaged in the sea battle around Truong Sa … [Read more...]

Visiting Quang Binh, meeting with the naval soldiers of Gac Ma battle

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On Mar 14, 1988 a fierce sea battle took place between Vietnamese soldiers and Chinese troops around Co Lin, Len Dao and Gac Ma, which are part of the Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago. Despite the serious imbalance in power, the Vietnamese captains and soldiers unwaveringly resolved to safeguard the islands. In the heroic battle Quang Binh province alone has 13 fallen soldiers, 2 awarded the title "Hero of the People's Armed Forces". The two persons were awarded the titles "Hero of … [Read more...]

The forgotten Truong Sa sea battle

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On Mar 14, 1988 a fierce sea battle took place between Vietnamese soldiers and Chinese troops around Co Lin, Len Dao and Gac Ma, which are part of the Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago. However, few people know the details of this battle. The Vietnamese soldiers’ extraordinary gallantry and dogged determination to safeguard the nation’s territory was defeated by Chinese state-of-the-art weaponry and ruthlessness. Since then Gac Ma Island has been illigimately occupied by China. The … [Read more...]

Commemorate soldiers who sacrificed to protect Spratlys Islands

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VietNamNet Bridge - Amid the spiritual sea and sky of the country, hundreds of soldiers stood in memory of the soldiers who rest in peace forever on the Truong Sa Archipelago (Spratly Islands) in the battle on March 14, 1988, on Gac Ma Island. On 14.03.1988, when Vietnamese transport ships and soldiers were performing their mission of protecting the islands of Co Lin, Gac Ma and Len Dao, Chinese warships used large artilleries to attack the ship HQ-604 near … [Read more...]