Nguyen Van Thieu

Nguyen Van Thieu, born April 5, 1923, was president of South Vietnam from 1967 until it was overrun by North Vietnamese armed forces in 1975. From 1945 to 1946, Thieu joined Ho Chi Minh's Viet Minh but disagreed with its communist sympathies. He fought with the French from 1946 to 1954 against the Viet Minh and rose in the South Vietnamese Army. A leader of the 1963 coup d'état against Ngo Dinh Diem, he became South Vietnam's military chief of state in 1965 and was elected president of a civilian government in 1967 and 1971. After the fall of South Vietnam in 1975, he went to Taiwan, then to London. Thieu moved to Boston in 1989.