Pham Ngoc Thao

Provincial Leader In South Vietnam
Born 1922

Colonel Phạm Ngọc Thảo, also known as Albert Thảo, a major provincial leader in South Vietnam and infiltrator of the Army of the Republic of Vietnam, was a communist agent of the Vietminh and later the Vietnam People's Army.

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1922 Birth Born in 1922.


1946 24 Years Old Thảo served with the Vietminh in the Mekong Delta in the far south of Vietnam during the war against French rule from 1946 to 1954. … Read More
1947 25 Years Old As a leader of the resistance, Thảo was allocated the responsibility of indoctrinating the 1947 batch of recruits with Vietminh ideology. … Read More
1949 27 Years Old By 1949, Thảo was in charge of the Vietminh espionage apparatus around Saigon and organised the guerrilla companies in the countryside. … Read More


1954 32 Years Old Following the French defeat in 1954 at Dien Bien Phu, Thảo helped evacuate communist fighters from South Vietnam and Cambodia in accordance with the terms of the Geneva Conference. … Read More
1957 35 Years Old The American-backed Diem was a passionate anti-communist. In 1957, He initiated an "Anti-Communist Denunciation Campaign" to root out Vietminh members and their sympathisers. … Read More
1960 38 Years Old Thảo rose even further when the troops he commanded helped put down the November 1960 coup attempt against Diem. … Read More


1963 41 Years Old 1 More Event
Through intrigue, Thảo also helped destabilise and ultimately unseat two South Vietnamese regimes—Diem's and the military junta of Khanh. As the Diem regime began to unravel in 1963, Thảo was one of many officers who planned a coup. … Read More
…  In August 1964, Khanh's leadership became increasingly troubled after he tried to augment his powers by declaring a state of emergency. … Read More
In 1965, he went into hiding after a failed attempt to seize power from Khanh and was sentenced to death in absentia. … Read More
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