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A period of time always kept in mind

(BGO) - In Thuong Thang commune (Hiep Hoa district, Bac Giang province), there is an association gathering people who ever participated in the Dien Bien campaign. It consists of 13 soldiers who fought in the Dien Bien battlefield in the past. Those still alive now turn 90.

I returned to Thuong Thang commune on an early May day, when the rice fields were green and the golden sunshine covered beautiful wide concrete roads winding to each alley. Spacious houses loomed behind the gardens. Van Huu Nhi's house in Dinh Dong village is among them.

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At the age of 90, he still has a sound mind and good health. Sitting in the house with many related memorabilia, Nhi said: "Among the 13 people who participated in the Dien Bien campaign in the past now there are only four. The other nine have followed General Giap".

Nhi said: "I took part in four major campaigns, namely Hoa Binh, Tay Bac (Northwest), Upper Laos and Dien Bien. I started fighting in 1949, then returned to my hometown to get married and later left home again. Going with me that time (1951) were three other men from the same commune”.

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Dinh Xuan Nam.

The Dien Bien battlefield was very hot, Nhi was a soldier of Company 241, Battalion 11, Regiment 141, Battalion 312. His unit was tasked with attacking E1 hill, which housed the French troops’ important defensive base. Because of such an important position, the battle on E1 hill was always in the situation of "hanging by a thread".

Nhi has many battlefield memories, but he clearly remembers two important battles. In the first battle from March 13, 1954, he was honored to directly fight in the battle on Him Lam hill - where there was a very elite enemy battalion. Entering the second phase starting on March 29, our troops used the E1 hill road to enter Muong Thanh Airport.

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Soldiers of Thuong Thang commune who fought in the Dien Bien battlefield in a meeting.

As the deputy squad leader, Nhi went to the inside of the airport with the task of cutting off the French air support line. On March 31, 1954, he recieved an order to leave but at that time the weapons ran out of. The superiors urged the soldiers to take guns from the enemies to fight. At this time, Nhi was unfortunately shot in the hand by the enemies (injury rate reaching 21 percent). Later he was awarded the third-class Feat of Arms Medal.

For Dinh Xuan Nam (90 years old), every time mentioning the Dien Bien Phu Victory, he is full of indescribable emotions mixed with honor and pride. The image of our army bravely holding guns while the enemy surrendered and raised their hands is an unforgettable moment for him.

Nam was born in Thuong Thang commune in a family of four children. He had just got married and had three brothers joining the army, so he was entitled to temporary postponement for enlistment. However, he volunteered to go to the battlefield in March 1951 and directly participated in the Tay Bac campaign.

 

“At that time, I was very enthusiastic, at home I was scared, but when at the battlefield, everyone was very enthusiastic about fighting. The people of the Northwest region were really good, supporting the soldiers a lot. They cooked sticky rice and made cakes for us. We were very moved," Nam recalled.

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Van Huu Nhi (right)

The Dien Bien Phu campaign was a complete win. Thirteen soldiers from Thuong Thang survived and returned home, establishing the "association of people who participated in the Dien Bien campaign in Thuong Thang commune". Comradeship, comradeship and life in war, hardships and losses have been recalled by them. When their health is good, these soldiers actively join in the local Veterans Association, contributing to social activities.

 

Ngo Van Bay, Chairman of the Veterans Association of Thuong Thang commune, said the locality has many people participating in the Dien Bien Phu campaign. When he was still strong, every year the communal administration and Veterans' Association held meetings and reviewed the extremely arduous, dangerous but heroic days of fighting. This is also the luggage of the Dien Bien soldiers in the past, who are also living witnesses to inspire many young generations.

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