Dương Văn Minh

Dương Văn Minh (16 February 1916 to 6 August 2001) popularly known as “Big Minh”, was a senior general in the Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) and a politician during the presidency of Ngô Đình Diệm. In 1963, he became chief of a military junta (along with Nguyễn Cao Kỳ) after leading a coup in which Diệm was assassinated. Minh lasted as head of the junta only three months before being toppled by Nguyễn Khánh, but assumed power again as the 4th and last President of the Republic of Vietnam (RVN)in April 1975, two days before surrendering to North Vietnamese forces.