PANO – The Departments of Postal Transportation and Information and Communication under the Vietnam People’s Army’s political and military headquarters in Southern Vietnam, the two predecessors of the Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC), on August 15th received the title “Hero of the People’s Armed Force”.
The ceremony took place in Ho Chi Minh City in the presence of Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan, former President Nguyen Minh Triet and former Prime Minister Phan Van Khai.
The Department of Postal Transportation was founded in 1961 and one year later, the Department of Information and Communication was established.
Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Bac Son said that in the Vietnam War, the two departments had overcome hardship and bravely fought to ensure circulation of information from the North to the South and from the Vietnam People’s Army’s political and military headquarters in Southern Vietnam to other battlefields without interruption, despite fierce bombardment.
Formerly during the war, the Department of Postal Transportation received and transported thousands of tons of weapons, equipment and commodities to serve battlefields as well as safely carried millions of turns of cadres and troops.
Meanwhile, the Department of Information and Communication applied hundreds of camouflage methods to transport important documents and parts of radio transmitters, established information networks among battlefields, transmitted thousands of top secret messages, greatly contributing to the final glorious victory of the nation.
Minister Son expressed gratitude to the Party and the State for their presentation of such a noble title and promised to bring into full play the heroic tradition of predecessors and develop the information and communication sector in the new context.
Translated by Ha Thanh