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Ho Chi Minh with Americans in 1945

Although he was a committed Communist by the 1920s, Ho Chi Minh admired many American ideals. One of those ideals was the way the American Colonies had gained their independence from British rule.

Minh emulated the way George Washington led his troops during the Revolutionary War. Using guerilla tactics, Minh—like Washington—tried to:

  • Wear down enemy forces;
  • Avoid catastrophic defeats;
  • Make it too expensive for the enemy to continue fighting.

Minh also copied other American ideals. When he wrote his country's declaration of independence on the 2nd of September, 1945—at a time when Vietnam's Japanese occupiers were ready to surrender at the end of World War II—Minh employed a direct quote from America's declaration of independence:

All men are created equal; they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights; among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.

Since U.S. intelligence officers considered Minh to be more of a nationalist than a communist, at the close of WWII, he benefitted from American training teams who provided Minh's guerillas with weapons and taught them how to fight. Twenty years later Minh and his troops effectively used that knowledge against America.

Ho—who once lived in the United States—worked with American representatives before he led his armed forces against the US military. In this 1945 Army photo, we see Minh (standing third-from-left) and his future general Vo Nguyen Giap (standing fifth-from-left, wearing a white suit) with OSS agents. OSS (America's "Office of Strategic Services") was the forerunner of the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency).

The U.S. Army Center of Military History tells us that this photo was taken "at a farewell party for the OSS in 1945." Click on the image for a better view.

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Author: Carole D. Bos, J.D. 5155stories and lessons created

Original Release: Mar 16, 2018

Updated Last Revision: Mar 16, 2018


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U.S. Army, Unnamed photographer working for the U.S. Army

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