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Chu Huy Man

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Chu Huy Man (1913-2006), was a general of the People's Army of Viet Nam and later a member of the Politburo, but removed in 1986. He had been named to the Politburo sometime after the Fifth Party Congress in 1982, from his position of chief political oficer for the Army. His removal was reported to be due to an autocratic style. [1] Between 1977 and 1986, he headed the General Political Department of the PAVN, which commanded all political officers.

He was born in Nghe An Province, and was a member of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee in the 3rd, 4th and 5th congresses; member of the Party Politburo for the 4th and 5th congresses; and a National Assembly deputy in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th legislatures. [2]

Close to Vo Nguyen Giap, he was the first division-level commander, in overall charge of the offensive that included the Battle of the Ia Drang and the Battle of Bong Son. In 2008, he discussed the battles extensively with one of his American opponents, retired lieutenant general Hal Moore. [3]

References

  1. Ronald J. Cima, ed. (December 1987), Appendix B -- Vietnam: Party Leaders in the 1980s, Vietnam: A Country Study, Federal Research Division, Library of Congress
  2. "State funeral for General Chu Huy Man", VietNamNet, July 7, 2006
  3. Moore, Harold G. (Hal) & Joseph L. Galloway (2008), We are soldiers still: a journey back to the battlefields of Vietnam, Harper Collins