On October 15, 1964, Nguyễn Văn Trỗi was executed by a ring squad.
Nguyễn Văn Trỗi (1940-1964) was a militant in the Việt Minh or the National Liberation Front (NLF). In 1963, the United States escalated its criminal war against the people of Vietnam. The policy of 'strategic hamlets' and 'carpet bombing' destroyed the Vietnamese countryside, but did not break the spirit of the people. Trỗi attempted to blow up a bridge and assassinate the United States Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara and the US Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. He was captured in the attempt.
Trỗi was sentenced to
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