General Phạm Văn Phú (1929 - 1975) born in Hà Đông, North Vietnam graduated from the Dalat Military Academy, class 8. He was the man who ordered the withdrawal from the II Corps under President Thiệu’s insistence. Back in 1954, then captain Phú parachuted with his company in Điện Biên Phủ to reinforce the French troops.
When Điện Biên Phủ fell, the Việt Minh held him prisoner although later released him. He vowed never to become prisoner of the communists again. He committed suicide on April 30.
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