Đăng Văn Quang

Đăng Văn Quang
Born Ba Xuyen Province, French Indochina (now Vietnam)
Allegiance South Vietnam
Service/branch Vietnamese National Army, Army of the Republic of Vietnam
Years of service 1949–1975
Rank Lieutenant General
Commands held 21st Division (1964–1965), IV Corps (1965–1966)
Other work Special Advisor on Military Affairs (1968–1969), Advisor of National Security and Intelligence(1969–1975)

Lieutenant General Đăng Văn Quang (June 21, 1929 – July 15, 2011) was an officer of the Army of the Republic of Vietnam who served as a Minister of Defense under President Nguyễn Văn Thiệu of South Vietnam.

Quang started as a non-commissioned officer (NCO) in the French colonial army and was later promoted to Emperor Bảo Đại’s aide-de-camp, then commander of his personal Imperial Guard. He also was in charge of managing resources for Nguyễn Văn Thiệu.[1] This led to his promotion to general.

As a brigadier general, he commanded the 21st Division from June 1, 1964, until January 20, 1965, when he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant general, receiving two further stars.[2]

He then served as the commander of IV Corps, which oversaw the Mekong Delta region of the country, replacing Nguyễn Văn Thiệu, who went on to become head of state, until 23 November 1966, when he was replaced by Major General Nguyen Van Manh.[2]

He was not popular with the people of Vietnam and had a reputation for corruption. However, these allegations were proven to be false,[3] and Quang was later cleared by the Honorable Matthew F. McHugh in September 1989.[4]

He died on 15 July 2011 at the age of 82.[5]

See also


  1. SN&R
  2. 1 2 Tucker, pp. 526–533.
  3. A Cautionary Tale
  4. Solomon, K., 1989, 'Quang Update', Grapevine, 13 September.
  5. Van Phu, Bui (June 7, 2011). "Đời bi kịch của một vị tướng VNCH" (in Vietnamese). BBC Vietnamese. Retrieved 29 August 2011.


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