Nguyễn Hữu Có

Nguyễn Hữu Có ([ŋwiəŋ˨˩˦ hɨw˨˩˦ kɔ˦˥] ng'weeng-heew-koh; 23 February 1925 3 July 2012) was a South Vietnamese soldier and politician who served in the Army of the Republic of Vietnam, rising to the rank of lieutenant general. He was prominent in several coups and juntas in the 1960s.

Nguyễn Hữu Có
Born(1925-02-23)23 February 1925
Mỹ Tho, Tiền Giang Province, French Indochina
Died3 July 2012(2012-07-03) (aged 87)
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
AllegianceRepublic of Vietnam
Service/branch
Years of service19431967
RankLieutenant general
Battles/wars1963 South Vietnamese coup
Other workDeputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister (1965–1967)

In 1963, Có came to prominence for his role in the November coup that deposed Vietnam's president, Ngô Đình Diệm, who was assassinated. Có's superior, General Tôn Thất Đính, moved him into command of the 7th Division to lock loyalist forces out of Saigon. Có was promoted to brigadier general after the coup, and as South Vietnam was inflicted with a cycle of coups over the next two years, he became more prominent as other generals defeated one another in power struggles. [citation needed]

By 1965, Có was the Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister in a junta headed by Prime Minister and Air Marshal Nguyễn Cao Kỳ and General Nguyễn Văn Thiệu, the figurehead chief of state. Có came under increasing scrutiny for his exorbitant wealth and was widely seen as corrupt, while Kỳ viewed him as a political threat. In 1967 Kỳ fired Có when both men were overseas on diplomatic visits. Kỳ then organized military forces to prevent Có from flying back, effectively sending him into exile. Over time, Thiệu began to eclipse Kỳ in a power struggle, and allowed Có to return in 1970. Có then stayed out of public life, and worked in banking and business. In 1975, the communists overran the south, and after hesitating in planning his escape from South Vietnam, Có was captured by the communists, who imprisoned him in re-education camps for 12 years. Có decided not to emigrate after being released and lived in Vietnam until his death in 2012.


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