April 3, 2020 - Issue: Vol. 166, No. 65 — Daily Edition116th Congress (2019 - 2020) - 2nd Session
HONORING THE HEROIC LIFE OF GENERAL LE MINH DAO; Congressional Record Vol. 166, No. 65
(Extensions of Remarks - April 03, 2020)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Page E350] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] HONORING THE HEROIC LIFE OF GENERAL LE MINH DAO ______ HON. HARLEY ROUDA of california in the house of representatives Friday, April 3, 2020 Mr. ROUDA. Madam Speaker, I rise today to recognize the heroic life of General Le Minh Dao, who passed away on March 19, 2020. General Dao spent his 87 years of life fighting for freedom and serving his community. Born in 1933 in Sai Gon, Vietnam, Le Minh Dao would go on to serve in the Army of the Republic of Vietnam during the Vietnam War. Outnumbered and fighting against the odds, General Dao made a heroic stand in what is now known as the Battle of Xuan Loc, the last major struggle before Saigon's fall on April 30, 1975. For 13 days, the General and his men of the 18th division of the ARVN withstood an unrelenting barrage from Communist forces. The battle would be a showcase of General Dao's military brilliance and a testament to his unimpeachable courage. Due to his passionate and inspirational leadership, General Dao will forever be recognized as a hero, both within the Vietnamese community and to all of us who hold the ideals of freedom and democracy above all else. I ask that all Members join me in honoring the extraordinary life of General Le Minh Dao. ____________________