Nguyen Cao Ky


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Ky, Nguyen Cao

(nəwē`ĕn kou kē), 1930–2011, premier (1965–67) and vice president (1967–71) of the former Republic of South Vietnam. Flight trained by the French, he returned to Vietnam (1954) and held a series of commands in the South Vietnamese air force. Ky's involvement in President DiemDiem, Ngo Dinh
, 1901–63, president of South Vietnam (1955–63). A member of an influential Roman Catholic family, he was a civil servant before World War II and was connected with the nationalists during the war.
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's overthrow (1963) led to his appointment to the air force command. Following a military coup led by Nguyen Van ThieuThieu, Nguyen Van
, 1924–2001, president of the former Republic of South Vietnam (1967–75). After World War II, he joined the Viet Minh, but then left it to join what became the South Vietnamese National Army (ARVN). He rose rapidly, becoming a division commander.
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 in 1965, Ky became premier, and was Thieu's vice presidential running mate in the 1967 election. Alienated from Thieu, Ky intended to oppose him in the 1971 elections, but was outmaneuvered and retired from politics. After the Communist takeover in 1975, he settled in the United States, where he published two books, Twenty Years and Twenty Days (1976) and Buddha's Child: My Fight to Save Vietnam (2002), and lectured at various universities.

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, 1930–2011, premier (1965–67) and vice president (1967–71) of the former Republic of South Vietnam. Flight trained by the French, he returned to Vietnam (1954) and held a series of commands in the South Vietnamese air force.
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General Giap beats his former enemies such as Republic of Vietnam Major General (Airforce) Nguyen Cao Ky who died aged 80 in July 2011 and the more talented (Four-Star) General Cao Van Vien who died in 2008 aged 86.
Nguyen Cao Ky can again be a leader of sorts, paving the way for Vietnamese refugees to make peace with their past.
After the ceremonial post of chief of state, Thieu was elected president in September 1967 after pulling off a stunning switch with his rival, Prime Minister Nguyen Cao Ky, who had previously wielded the most influence in the South Vietnamese military regime.