Henry A. Prunier, 91, U.S. Soldier Who Trained Vietnamese Troops, Dies –

[ndlr] Article du New York Times rapportant la nouvelle du décès de Henry A. Prunier (1921-2013), membre de l’Office of Strategic Services (OSS), l’agence de renseignements des Etats-Unis pendant la Seconde guerre mondiale qui aida et entraîna les premières troupes du Viêt Minh en 1945. L’article de Douglas Martin révèle quelques détails intéressants sur le général Vo Nguyen Giap et la personnalité de l’Oncle Ho. Il souligne le rôle décisif des Américains malgré une courte présence…

Members of the O.S.S. Deer Team with Viet Minh leaders, including Ho Chi Minh, (standing third from left) during training in 1945. Henry Prunier is fourth from right.
Members of the O.S.S. Deer Team with Viet Minh leaders, including Ho Chi Minh, (standing third from left) during training in 1945. Henry Prunier is fourth from right.

Henry A. Prunier taught Vo Nguyen Giap, the Vietnamese general who withstood the armies of France and the United States, how to throw a grenade.

The lesson came in July 1945, after Mr. Prunier and six other Americans had parachuted into a village 75 miles northwest of Hanoi on a clandestine mission to teach an elite force of 200 Viet Minh guerrillas how to use modern American weapons at their jungle camp.

The Americans, members of the Office of Strategic Services, the United States’ intelligence agency in World War II, wanted the guerrillas’ help in fighting the Japanese, who were occupying Indochina. The Viet Minh welcomed the American arms in their struggle for Vietnamese independence.

Lire la suite : The New York Times, 17/04/2013.

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indomemoires (2013, 14 mai). Henry A. Prunier, 91, U.S. Soldier Who Trained Vietnamese Troops, Dies – Mémoires d'Indochine. Consulté le 16 avril 2024, à l’adresse https://indomemoires.hypotheses.org/8555