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October 26, 1955 Ngo Dinh Diem proclaims Vietnam to be a republic with himself as its President and forms the Army of the Republic of Vietnam.

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Anti-Communist forces - Ngô Đình Diệm (3 January 1901 – 2 November 1963) was the first president of South Vietnam (1955–1963). In the wake of the French withdrawal from Indochina as a result of the 1954 Geneva Accords, Diệm led the effort to create the Republic of Vietnam. Accruing considerable US support due to his staunch anti-communism, he achieved victory in a 1955 plebiscite.

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History’s Greatest Images: 30 Photos That Will Stop You In Your Tracks Theodore Hoosevelt 3 weeks ago No Comments Facebook One of the most disturbing images of all-time. Thích Quảng Đức – 1963

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SAIGON (13 May 1961) - Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson's Far East Trip. Farewell breakfast with Ngo Dinh Diem | by manhhai

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In 1963, after suppressing internal revolts, President of South Vietnam Ngo Dinh Diem was widely seen as a totalitarian. Though he depended largely on US aid, Diem refused to be counselled by them on his handling of the war, which was leading to genocide. In June, Buddhists revolted at Hué and Saigon, On 21st, the monks showed their anger by a rally in Saigon. A 73-year old Thich Quang Duc struck a match at 9:22 AM. As flames engulfed his body, he made no movement or cry.

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Ngô Đình Diệm proclaims Vietnam to be a republic with himself as its President (following the State of Vietnam referendum on October 23) and forms the Army of the Republic of Vietnam.

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Ngô Đình Diệm, accompanied by U.S. Secretary of State John Foster Dulles, arrives at Washington National Airport in 1957. Diệm is shown shaking hands with U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower.