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Tuesday, April 9, 1968


Page Five

Gen. Loan: Controversial Figure
In War-Torn Vietnam's Police

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SAIGON (AP) - The chief of
South Vietnam's national police,
0 Nguyen Ngoc Loan, is one of the
c o u n t r y ' s most controversial
The Viet Cong hate him, and
so do others not associated with
the Communist-led movement. He
is a hero to the men who work
under him, and to not a few ad-
mirers of efficiency. To them,
charges of ruthlessness are offset
by. the dangers that plague the
government Brig. Gen. L o a n
When I first came upon Loan,
two months ago, he was firing at
the head of a man in a plaid shirt.
The general had appeared
suddenly that morning near An
Quang Pagoda. Saigon was reel-
ing under' the onslaught of the
Tet offensive. The man in the
plaid shirt had just been cap-
tured. Loan executed him in a
split second.
My first impression was the
f thin-faced Loan was a cold, cal-
lous killer. Since tien, I have
traveled for days across the coun-
try with him.
He is a product of modern
Vietnam and his time.
'Hitler' Tactics
Many think he represents the
worst in Vietnam. He has. been
criticized severely by some Ameri-
can and Vietnamese officials and
by some Vietnamese politicians.
He has been accused of using
"Hitler" tactics, illegal arrests,
torture and police-state methods.
He usually participates per-
pr sonally in the afrest of important
political figures, often brandish-
ing a weapon and shouting or
bullying down any opposition.
When. Nguyen Cao Ky maneu-
vered the generals against Ngu-
yen Khanh in 1965, Loan was at
his side, first as deputy, then as
! chief of military intelligence.
When Ky was premier, Loan was
his chief weapon against rebelli-
ous Buddhists.
Last July, when a national as-
sembly was voting whether to
allow Nguyen Van Thieu and Ky
to run for president and vice
president, L o a n and several
armed henchmen made their way
to the balcony to glare at mem-
bers as the vote was taken. The
vote went the way Loan wanted.
Not only dissident politicians
and shaven-headed Buddhists fear
Loan. Mop-haired students stay
out of his way as well. Recently
Loan was seen driving a barber
around Saigon' in his jeep' When
they 'spatted a long-haired "cow-
boy," the jeep would come to a
screeching halt and the barber
would give the cowboy a forceful
'Fervent Loyalty'
At the same time, Loan can be
warm and generous. He demon-
strates a fervent loyalty to his
men and his country.
During the Tet fighting Loan
was repeatedly out in front,
leading his police in efforts to
wipe out Viet Cong who had in-
vaded the capital. He was wound-
ed slightly three times.
"His men believe that be can
walk on water and is bulletproof,"

-Associated Press
LOAN SHOOTS Viet Cong suspect during Tet offensive.

says a U.S. police adviser who has
worked closely with Loan for two
years. "Loan has three qualties
which are needed for leadership.
He is positive, efficient and
Another American adviser says
Loan has "done more for his men
than any of the nine previous
directors of the national police.
He has gotten them more pay
and better living conditions."
The general was Vietnam's first
pilot qualified to fly jets, and re-
cently he- tutned down promotion
to major general.
"I would take the second star
only if many of my men receive
promotions they well deserve,"
Loan says. "Some of my former
classmates are only majors or
lieutenant colonels now and I'm a
general. I think eventually they
will see it my way." '
Loan was born in Hue in 1930,
the !oldest of three sons in a fairly
wealthy family. One brother is a
medical doctor and the other is
the director of a youth center.
Five daughters in the family are
associated w i t h medicine or
While still in school, he was
called up for military service and
the career was launched that was
to make him director general of
the n tional police, commanding
72,000 men.
Loan was first in his class at
the reserve officer's academy,

No one knows where the gen-
eral might be going when he
leaves his Saigon headquarters.
He keeps in touch with his office
by radio and'with secret vehicles
-heavily armed-by walkie-talkie.
The police general dislikes po-
liticians because "all they do is
talk and not take action." He be-
lieves south Vietnam's army, re-
gional and popular forces and
civilian irregulars should be com-
bined to make one fighting force.
And he says he and his men feel'
that much of the money spent to
send U.S. .soldiers to Vietnam
could be used better to equip and
train properly at least three South
Vietnamese divisions. "This would
save more U.S. lives," he says.
Pointing to a formation of
combat police, Loan says:
"These kids hate Communists.
I never told them about the Com-
munists. I don't have to, but they
know what would happen to each
and every one of them if they
were captured. They don't even
know what the war is all about,
they just'want to live."
Execution Publicity.
As for the curbside execution
and the publicity that followed, he
recalls: "Many men were getting
killed and wounded and I had
many things on my'mind at the
time. I am a military man and not
a politician. The picture was just
an unfortunate situation."
Vietnamese officials said the
victim of the execution was
identified by another Viet Cong
prisoner as a man named Nguyen
Tan Dat alias Hoan Son, the
leader of a Viet Cong sapper unit.
They said he was captured near
the pagoda, firing out of a second-
story window at firemen trying
to halt a blaze set by the Viet
Cong. He killed a policeman who
attempted to capture him, they
said, and when seized and ques-
tioned, he spat in the face of the
interrogating officer. He was
taken around a corner where he
was met by Loan.
Loan said later , he wasn't
aware that AP and NBC camera-
men had taken pictures of the

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cTart all thiat stuff
CALL GREENE'S for a Handi-Hamper. Fill it at
your leisure-leave it for summer storage and
get your garments all fresh and clean when you
get back next fall.
USE THAT EXTRA ROOM to give people rides,
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SHIPS may be picked up at the Busi-
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Monday thru Friday

and 8

where Ky was a
have been- close
and both are air
Loan became
tenant in 1951,
years attending

classmate. They
since that time
force pilots.
a ,second lieu-
then spent 32
military schools

Noon on Saturdays. All those who
have attended 8 semesters thru this
Winter are eligible. I.D. REQUIRED.

in France. He also attended the
U.S. Command and Staff College.
Returning to Vietnam, Loan
held various posts in the air force
and took part in 1965 in the first
joint Vietnamese-U.S. air raid
over North Vietnam.
He has gathered a personal st'aff
handpicked from elite airborne,
ranger and marine officers and
noncommissioned officers. One
man tells' jokes. Another Is an
expert at cards. Another is a

ii II

Our designer.
ca me home from.
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a cricket bat,
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anid an idea
Because as soon as he got back-in a fever of crea-
tivity, he began designing the Bounder.
He made it brash and dashing-like a Lon-
don ankle boot. He made it rugged and supple,
soft and durable-like a moccasin.
And when he finally revealed the Bounder
to us, it was just that-half a moccasin, half an
ankle boot.
With top grain leather from ankle to heel
to hand-sewn toe. A buckle or twin eyelets. And
smashings colours.
Ingenious! We wonder what'll happen
when our designer visits the Continent. More
savoir faire? A new Weltanschauung?
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