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Le Minh Dao, Training at Fort Benning 1956

During the French era in Vietnam all key command and staff positions had been occupied by French officers. After 1954 many Vietnamese officers had to occupy positions for which they had insufficient training experience. The USsponsored OffShore School Program was established in 1955 in an effort to provide adequate training for Vietnamese officers.

This cover was sent by Le Minh Dao, the South Vietnamese General who is perhaps best known for leading the ARVN 18th Division during the waning days of the Republic of Vietnam.

In February 1956, Le Minh Dao was stationed at Fort Benning, Georgia for military training.

This cover was sent home to his family and the enclosed letter mentions his recent visit to Washington DC during Tet. He writes that he is attending school regularly and expects to be home in June.

After a long and decorated military career, Le Minh Dao was captured after the at the Battle of Xuan Loc by PAVN forces and was sentenced to live the next 17 years in reeducation camps.

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