This is the village of Dien Tho. During the period of struggle against the United States, the Americans committed a huge massacre in this village. Today, with your delegation visiting this village, the chairman of the village will report to you the situation in the village and also the facts of that massacre. I will now introduce to you Comrade Chinh Keo who is the chairman of this village and who will give you the report.
Le Cong Chinh:
Honored guests and Provincial Leaders: The cadres and inhabitants of the village of Dien Tho are very honored to receive you, who are people from thousands of miles away. During the war years, it was people like Burchett had sympathy for our cause and who represented progressive people elsewhere. Now your delegation is composed of friendly people from other countries such as the United States.
Thank you for paying so much attention to Dien Tho and for braving the arduous road to come here to Dien Tho. On behalf of the inhabitants and the cadres of Dien Tho, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to your delegation and its leader, Comrade Burchett, as well as to the provincial leaders for your attention. Honored guests, Dien Tho is twenty kilometers from Da Nang
as the crow flies. It is to the northwest of Dien Ban district.
It is a place where the struggle was both resilient and heroic during the Resistance against the French and the war against the Americans. During these two protracted resistance, the enemy concentrated their power to destroy this place. They used all kinds of means, especially during the American period, to destroy all, burn all and kill all.
They bulldozed everything flat. Therefore, before 1960 the village of Dien Tho had 14,200 inhabitants. But because of utter destruction during the war years, by March 1975 there were only 1,203 inhabitants left.
This is to say that, day and night, there was not a single moment when you did not have bombs or shells exploding in the confine of this village. They placed military outposts everywhere. With a total surface of only twenty-fives square kilometers, there were seventeen military posts and forts of all kind, some containing several platoons others up to a regiment of soldiers.
During the height of the war, you had three American soldiers to every inhabitant of Dien Tho. Such was the situation in the 1969 1970 period. But the inhabitants of Dien Tho remained faithful to the revolution and they refused to move even by one inch. They vowed to die for the survival of the nation.
Therefore, those who were still alive fought until the final days when the country was liberated. A typical example of the policy of bulldozing, killing and emptying the village occurred on January 31, 1967. They landed a battalion in this place, in Thuy Bo hamlet which was 300 meters from where we are now.