PANO – The People’s Army Newspaper on April 29th held a solemn ceremony in Ho Chi Minh City to receive the title “Hero of the People’s Armed Forces” posthumously conferred by the State on its journalist-martyr Senior Lieutenant Le Dinh Du.
Present at the ceremony were Lieutenant General Nguyen Trong Nghia, Deputy Director of the General Department of Politics of the Vietnam People’s Army; journalist Pham Quoc Toan, Deputy Chairman of the Vietnam Journalists’ Association; and others.
Addressing the ceremony, PAN’s Editor-in-Chief Major General Pham Van Huan held that Du, born in 1931, worked at the PAN as a reporter after the Dien Bien Phu campaign.
In early 1968, he volunteered to be a war reporter at the Quang Tri fierce front and was then dispatched to Battalion 47 (Regiment 270 under the former B5 High Command), in Cua Viet area (Gio Ha commune, Gio Linh district, Quang Tri province). He wrote several articles on fierce combats while directly joining his comrades in fights against enemy troops.
His famous statement is that “Soldiers could stand, kneel and lie down to shoot the enemy, but reporters could only stand up straight on combat trenches, use their cameras and fountain-pens as weapons to record the soldiers’ feats of arms and the enemy’s crimes”.
However, while taking photos of US Air Force’s aircraft in an air attack on Quang Tri province on January 21st 1968, Le DInh Du and another reporter of the PAN Nguyen Khac Nhu bravely sacrificed their lives.
Lieutenant General Nguyen Trong Nghia affirmed that the title is the Party and State’s acknowledgement of journalist-martyr Senior Lieutenant Le Dinh Du’s contributions to the nation, adding that all PAN’s reporters should follow the martyrs’ example and uphold PAN’s traditions to fulfill all assigned tasks in the new context.
Translated by Van Hieu