Lieutenant General Nguyen Van Thieu

Full Name: Nguyen Van Thieu

Date and Place of birth: April 5, 1923, Ninh Thuan, Central Vietnam

Family status: Married, two children


- Graduate, Dalat National Military Academy, Class 1, 1948

- Coetquidan Infantry School, France, 1949

- Graduate, Command and General Staff College, Forth Leavenworth, USA, 1958 (*)

- Alliance Command and Planning School Okinawa, 1959

- Introductory Class on Modern Weapons, Fort Bliss, USA, 1959

Present position: President of the Republic of Vietnam, September 1967

Former positions:

- Deputy Commander, Military Region II and Commander 21st Infantry Division

- Commandant, Dalat National Military Academy

- Acting Chief of Staff, Operational Command

- Commander, 1st Infantry Division and Commander, II Tactical Area Division

- Commander, 5th Infantry Division and 32nd Division Tactical Area

- Chief of Joint Staff and Vice Defense Minister and Secretary General, Armed Forces Council

- Commander, IV Corps and IV Tactical Zone

- Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister

- Chairman, National Leadership Committee, June 19, 1965 - September, 1967

Decorations, awards:

- National Order of Vietnam, 2nd class

- Army Distinguished Service order, 1st class

- Air Force Order 1st class

- 6 Citations (Army level)

- 3 Citations (Corps level)

- 2 Citations (Division level)

- Hazardous Service Medal

- Leadership Medal

- Staff Service Medal, 1st class

- Training Service Medal, 1st class

- Civil Service Medal, 1st class

- Honor Navy Service Medal

- Honor Medal 1st class

- Campaign Medal

- Chuong My Boi Tinh 1st class

- Order of Service Merit First Class (Republic of Korea)

Who's Who In Vietnam
Vietnam Press, Saigon 1967

Courtesy of Adam Sadowski

(*) Nguyen Van Thieu's name was not listed among the ARVN officers who graduated the USACGS in 1958 (Nguyen Van Tin, 2/19/2009)

ARVN Generals