Tran Nhat Bang:
Before the regular troops
arrived here from the North, the population here had already purchased a
lot of rice and buried it to prepare for this situation. When the
regular forces came and fought, we took out the rice and brought it to
their base. Every time there was a battle, we prepared both the
battleground and the food supplies.
As for transportation of ammunition, the guerrilla
fighters led the way and the village inhabitants carried the ammunition.
After each battle in this, we would give the brothers rice so that they
could take it with them to their base. This was how the Northern
brothers coordinated the struggle with us.
The other thing is that when the Americans came here
the former Saigon
officials and their pacification teams accompanied them. Now here we
are, and that road over there where you came into the village used to be
the relocation camp called the Yen Ne Rung.
Formerly, the villages of Yen Ne and Cam Ne were
located down there. They used to be very rich villages, and the bamboo
groves were high. But when the Americans came, they destroyed the
villages and, in coordination with their pacification teams, they
relocated the village population to this area over here which used to be
called the Yen Ne Rung.
All the villages around here were relocated to this
place. It was only after liberation that we let the population go back
to their native villages. But formerly, the whole placed was filled with
people relocated by the Americans.
When this whole area was turned into a relocation
center, we guerrilla fighters continued to live here within the
relocation camp. And my own guerrilla squad continued to remain in that
village where the population had been emptied out.
However, food supplies constantly came to us from
this relocation center. So we directed the struggle in this relocation
center at the same time we were feeding a force of guerrilla fighters.
We infiltrated a group of people whom we called legal
organizers into the relocation camp to live with the people. So when the
Americans came and drove the village population into the relocation
camps, our legal organizers went along with the population.
And it was these people who sent food and other
things to us as well as organize the people to participate in the
guerrilla units. Whenever someone in the guerrilla units was killed, we
had a replacement right away. And rice continued to flow out to us. And
even within the relocation camps themselves, we were able to put away
rice for the regular forces in case they should come and fight here.
For this reason, the
revolutionary organization in Hoa
was really never disrupted. We carried on with our
activities continuously from the time the village was liberated for the
first time until the spring of 1975
infrastructure was never destroyed.