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Document Details


Title: Bui Tin
Local code: OH0340
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: Texas Tech University. Vietnam Archive
Collection: Vietnam Archive Oral History Project
Description: (PAVN) Bui Tin joined the Viet Minh in 1945 and served as one of Ho Chi Minh's bodyguards for a time and fought against the French in the First Indochinese War in the 1951 battles in the Red River Delta. He also took part in the Battle of Dien Bien Phu in 1954. In 1963, the leadership of North Vietnam sent him on foot down the Ho Chi Minh Trail to survey the political, economic, military, and social situation in South Vietnam. He took part in the war against the United States, eventually rising to the rank of Colonel. He also covered the final PAVN capture of South Vietnam in 1975 as a newspaper correspondent. In April 1975, Colonel Tin rode a tank onto the grounds of the Presidential Palace and, as ranking officer on the scene, accepted the surrender of the Republic of South Vietnam from President Duong Van "Big" Minh. After the war, he served as Deputy Editor of the Quan Doi Nhan Dan (People's Army) newspaper. Also, writing under the pseudonym of Thanh Tin, COL Tin criticized the direction the Vietnamese Communist Party took in the 1970s and 1980s, especially with the Viet Kieu, the overseas Vietnamese community. He eventually moved to Paris and published his memoirs Snowdrop (1991) and The Real Face (1993). COL Tin also wrote Following Ho Chi Minh: The Memoirs of a North Vietnamese Colonel (1995) and From Enemy to Friend: A North Vietnamese Perspective on the War (2002). This interview was conducted in Vietnamese. The transcript has been translated into English. OH0340 - part of the Bui Tin Collection
Original Language: English
Audio: [Audio available]
Speaker: Tin, Bui
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker race: Asian
Speaker occupation: Military personnel
Document date: Undated
Historical events discussed: Vietnam Conflict, 1955-1975
Locations discussed: Asia; North America; United States; Vietnam
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Asia; Military camps--Vietnam; North America; Oral history; United States; United States--Armed Forces; United States--Military history; Vietnam; Vietnam Conflict, 1955-1975; Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975--Atrocities; Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975--Veterans
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0025450-27295