Tears at the memorial ceremony for 60 martyrs who died at Xuan Son hill
Waiting for 56 years, the old man is 83 years old I just found out that my husband died in Binh Dinh
After 56 years of separation, the martyrs were reunited with their comrades, brothers who used to stand shoulder to shoulder, fight to protect every inch of land in Xuan Son mountain, An Huu commune, Hoai An district. .
Vo Thi Tinh (83 years old) in Thieu Tan commune, Thieu Hoa district, Thanh Hoa province – the wife of martyr Do Ngoc Duong has a very special situation.
Mr. Tinh said that her husband went to the South to fight in 1962, the time until the family received the death notice was 1970, the husband only visited his hometown a couple of times and did not see him again for the past 56 years.
“I’ve waited for so many years, but I didn’t know until today that my husband died here. It was like a dream. For the past 56 years, I have not heard of her husband. Knowing that a mass grave had been found, I froze. I went to Binh Dinh to visit my husband but shed tears because I don’t know where my husband’s remains are,” cried Mrs.
Ms. Le Thi Thanh Van – the 4th daughter-in-law of martyr Le Duc Ninh, former Vice Battalion, 8th Battalion, 22nd Regiment of 3rd Gold Star Division, who directly directed the battle at Xuan Son hill and heroically died. birth – shared: “I couldn’t help but feel satisfied when I came to Binh Dinh. As a daughter-in-law, I felt peace in me personally as well as in my family. Although I was not satisfied because my father’s remains were unknown. but we know the spirit of my father is here with his teammates. My father and his teammates were interested by the local government to organize a very emotional and meaningful ceremony.”
Xuan Son hill in Hoai An district, Binh Dinh province is 22km southwest of Bong Son town, 198m high, the northeast borders Go Cong mountain, the other 3 directions are adjacent to Nuoc Luong river and Kim Son river.
On the top of the hill, the American army arranged a battlefield of 12 105 mm and 155 mm guns, the force had 2 artillery companies and 2 infantry companies, numbering about 650 Americans (belonging to the 1st Airborne Cavalry Division). and was directly supported by two artillery bases Tan Thanh and Kim Son, so American commanders assumed that Xuan Son would be “immune” to any enemy attack.
On the night of December 26 and early morning, December 27, 1966, the 22nd Regiment of the 3rd Gold Star Division together with the army and people of Hoai An district organized an ambush on Xuan Son Hill. This is an important battle in order to pull American troops out to destroy, support the struggle movement of the insurgent masses, fight the enemy to sweep and gather people, establish a “strategic hamlet, destroy the plot” to pacify the people. ” of America, puppet.
The 22nd Regiment killed and wounded about 600 American soldiers, destroyed 11 105mm and 155mm cannons, shot down 5 helicopters, recovered 34 guns of all kinds. On the way back, our troops killed 120 more Americans and 1 helicopter.
However, under the rain of bombs and bullets of the enemy, many soldiers died heroically, some comrades’ bodies were not intact. After the end of the battle, the enemy used motor vehicles to drag the bodies of the martyrs and bury them in a mass grave near their garrison.
According to the Military Command of Binh Dinh Province, on December 3, 2018, this unit received a document from the Policy Department of the General Department of Politics and documents attached with information about the mass graves of martyrs of the Regiment. 22, 3 Gold Star Division died in the raid on Xuan Son stronghold.
Right at the end of 2018, the Military Command of Binh Dinh Province conducted information gathering, met with living witnesses and conducted surveys and searches many times, but due to the large terrain, the topography changed a lot and because The impact of flood water has not been detected yet.
In January, 2022, veteran Dang Ha Thuy (77 years old, former cadre of Group 5501, now in Hoai Thanh Tay ward, Hoai Nhon town, Binh Dinh) provided information related to the aforementioned mass grave.
On March 10, the Military Command of Binh Dinh province mobilized forces and motor vehicles to conduct surveys and probes at the zoned locations in the field and discovered the mass graves of martyrs. .
From March 11 to April 15, the team of martyrs’ graves searched and excavated on an area of more than 1,200 m2, discovered and unloaded many biological products such as teeth, bones, along with many relics. such as: umbrella hammock, plastic wrap, hammock cover, waistband, rubber slippers, rice bags, rice bags, lighters, pens, lanyards, hairbrushes…
Up to now, 60 martyrs have been identified who died at Xuan Son hill at the end of December 1966, including 51 cadres and soldiers of Regiment 22 and 9 local troops, people and political parties.
The body and bones of the martyrs blend into the tradition of national origin
Veteran Dang Ha Thuy said that in 2018, by chance through Facebook, he became acquainted with architect Nguyen Xuan Thang (in Ho Chi Minh City), so he connected and got to know some veterans in the US who had fought in Vietnam. Vietnam.
Maintaining contact via Email, Facebook with American veterans, Mr. Thuy has expanded to get a lot of information about martyrs’ graves in Binh Dinh province, central region.
“At the end of 2021, I made friends with an American veteran who directly participated in the raid at Xuan Son hill in 1966. After that, this American veteran passed me some documents, information, narrative board and pictures, diagrams, location of the mass burial pits of our army and people at Xuan Son hill. Thanks to that, I have quite specific information about the graves of martyrs”, veteran Dang Dang Ha Thuy shared.
According to Mr. Thuy, the raid on the American army group stationed at Xuan Son hill by the 22nd Regiment was a particularly outstanding feat, a victory of great significance, dealing heavy blows, contributing to breaking the tactic. fulcrum”, “locking point” of the US army. However, this is a military battle, our people sacrificed and lost great.
Reading the eulogy at the memorial service and burial of the martyrs, Chairman of Binh Dinh Provincial People’s Committee Nguyen Phi Long said that 56 years have passed, the flesh and blood of heroes and martyrs have turned into stone, grass, and trees. become springs of water flowing in the mother’s earth, blending into the original tradition of the nation.
That sacrifice has left independence and freedom for the Fatherland, happiness of the people, and has left the heroic and resilient Hoai An land, which gave birth to the heroic 3rd Division today. lush fruit trees, fields laden with seeds, giving a beautiful childhood the color of students’ clothes; for the red roof of the school and the love of the society; for the sound of birds singing in the early morning sunshine; for industrial music to stretch and grow.
There are still belts, cardboard boxes, monks, hammocks, rubber sandals, pieces of rotten umbrellas, scarves, memorabilia from wives to husbands and mothers to children before leaving for spiritual duty. For the Fatherland, everything is priceless.
“Finding the remains of comrades is an overjoyed joy, because it is the cherished aspiration of the Party Committee, the government and the people of Binh Dinh province, to fulfill their responsibilities towards those who have died. blood and blood for national independence and defense of the Socialist Vietnamese Fatherland.
From today, comrades will be returned to their comrades at the Martyrs Cemetery in Tang Bat Ho town in the boundless love of comrades and compatriots. With all our respect and deep gratitude, we pray for the souls of our comrades to be saved in eternity. Our country, our people will forever be credited. The names of heroes and martyrs are eternally immortal,” said Mr. Phi Long emotionally.
BILLIONProud of glorious victories
On the evening of April 17, province Pacify solemnly held the 50th anniversary of the liberation of Hoai An district (April 19, 1972 – April 19, 2022).
Nguyen Trong Nghia, Secretary of the Party Central Committee, Head of the Central Propaganda Department acknowledged, praised and warmly congratulated the Party Committee, government, army and people of Hoai An district for their achievements in their career. defend and build the Fatherland. During the two resistance wars against the French colonialists and the American imperialists, the people of Hoai An were always loyal to the Party, heroic, resilient and contributed together with the whole province to become a solid rear of Zone V.
“Since March 10, 2022, the authorities of Binh Dinh province have coordinated to discover the burial location of the martyrs who died in 1966 at Xuan Son Hill, An Huu commune. I appreciate the agencies, unit of Binh Dinh province in coordinating the search and gathering of the remains of fallen soldiers to bring them to rest at the Martyrs Cemetery in Tang Bat Ho town, expressing their affection and responsibility, the Today’s generation’s gratitude to the heroes and martyrs who have sacrificed for the homeland and the country”, emphasized Mr. Nguyen Trong Nghia.
According to Mr. Nguyen Trong Nghia, in order to build Binh Dinh into a developed province in the leading group of the Central region as proposed by the Resolution of the Provincial Party Congress, the Party Committee, government, people and army of Hoai An district said: In particular and Binh Dinh province in general, it is necessary to continue promoting the spirit of solidarity and good traditions of the homeland, exploiting the potentials and strengths of the locality, taking advantage of all resources, striving to achieve victory. socio-economic development tasks in 2022 and the goals, directions and tasks set out by the Resolution of the Provincial and District Party Congresses, contributing to the successful implementation of the Resolution of the 13th Party Congress.
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the liberation of Hoai An district, we are proud of the glorious victories and glorious traditions of our army and people. that in the cause of national construction and defense in the new period, continuing to write the glorious and heroic history of the nation,” said Mr. Nguyen Trong Nghia.
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