Working for thein the for the South (The Liberational Fine Arts Department of South Vietnam ), Đồng saw violent action while documenting the lives of the Divisions 5, 7 and 9 based in Province as a journalist and war artist.
In July 1971, Đồng visited An Giang Province to the southwest of Central Office for South Vietnam (COSVN)., a journey that would have taken him through the spread out headquarters of the (NLF) along Cambodia’s southeastern border with Vietnam known as the
While in An Giang, Đồng continued his habit of sketching the portraits of people and soldiers deemed exemplary figures in the resistance struggle against South Vietnamese and American forces, like the portrait of Comrade Nguyễn Cẩm (fig. 1).
In another sketch (fig. 2), dated almost a week later on 15 July, Đồng depicts Comrade Nông Quang Bảo. As part of the inscription on the front of the sketch, Đồng records Comrade Bảo as being the holder of a third rank Medal of Liberation, a testament to Đồng’s description of him as a “model soldier”. In addition, Comrade Bảo’s family name, Nông, reveals his origin as being from a Northern ethnic group, further confirmed by his distinctive facial features. If nothing else, these small details impress the scope of the resistance movement, not least of all their success in transporting troops from North Vietnam to the south along the.