Nguyễn Ngọc Loan

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Major General Nguyễn Ngọc Loan (Vietnamese: [ŋʷǐənˀ ŋâwkp lʷāːn]; 11 December 1930  14 July 1998) was a South Vietnamese general and chief of the South Vietnamese National Police.

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Nguyễn Ngọc Loan
Born(1930-12-11)11 December 1930[1]
Huế, French Indochina
Died14 July 1998(1998-07-14) (aged 67)
Burke, Virginia, United States
AllegianceFlag_of_South_Vietnam.svg South Vietnam
Service/branchFlag_of_the_Republic_of_Vietnam_Air_Force.svg Republic of Vietnam Air Force (VNAF)
RVN_National_Police_Flag.svg Republic of Vietnam National Police
RankUS-O8_insignia.svg Major General
Battles/warsTet Offensive

Loan gained international attention when he summarily executed handcuffed prisoner Nguyễn Văn Lém, on February 1, 1968 in Saigon, Vietnam during the Tet Offensive.[2][3] Nguyễn Văn Lém was a Viet Cong (VC) member.[2] The event was witnessed and recorded by Võ Sửu, a cameraman for NBC, and Eddie Adams, an Associated Press photographer. The photo and film became two famous images in contemporary American journalism.