Dien Bien Phu Military Cemetery

Dien Bien Phu Military Cemetery

Dien Bien Phu Military Cemetery

Dien Bien Phu Military Cemetery
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ChicoRanMan
Chico, CA1,198 contributions
Beautiful Soldiers’ Tribute
Jan 2020 • Family
Free admission to this cemetery for the Vietnamese in the 1954 battle against the French. The cemetery is well manicured and has the lovely smell of incense that is burning at the gravestones. This is just across the street from the museum. Both are worth visiting.
Written January 3, 2020
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R M
Savannah, GA286 contributions
Martyrs at Rest
Jun 2019 • Solo
The cemetery is free and right across the street from the museum. What struck me most is how it resembles other war cemeteries around the world. Immaculately kept and the wall of names very humbling to behold.
Written June 8, 2019
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HARRY C
7 contributions
Impressively peaceful atmosphere
Jan 2019
Here there is a wall listing the names of all the VN fallen. The nearly 1,000 graves are laid out in respectful order, the whole creating an impressive display. Each grave has a headstone but the majority have no name. Strongly recommend visit.
Written January 16, 2019
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ColonelBangkok
Bangkok, Thailand278 contributions
Respectful and Well Maintained
Nov 2018 • Friends
If you are visiting DBP to walk the old battlefields then a visit to the cemetery is necessary to pay your respects for the cost in human lives.
Written November 17, 2018
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laurasavill
London, UK45 contributions
A Must Visit
May 2018 • Couples
This has to be done on the tour of the battlefield of the town. It is beautifully maintained and interesting to see how another nation honours its dead.
Written May 26, 2018
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Me_n_my_rucksack
Yorkshire, UK5,909 contributions
Suitably reverent resting place for some of Vietnams national heroes
Mar 2018 • Couples
Regardless of any Political or National alegance any young man who goes willingly into battle with the knowledge they may sacrifice their life deserve gratitude and recognition for that special sacrifice should the worst come to the worst. I think this Military Cemetery provides that for the brave Vietnamese who find this as their final resting place.

Free to enter the cemetery is set within a walled enclosure opposite the Military Museum.

Perfectly tended and respected the cemetery is a solemn and respectful place. There are the graves themselves and the names of lost troops etched on a memorial on the walls. Each grave is obviously looked after with great care and attention - flowers and the like kept fresh. One can climb stairs to view the cemetery from above and appreciate the scale of the number of graves here.

I cannot but feel for the Vietnamese Algerians Morrocans Lao or Morrocan troops who willingly fought alongside the French - with similar bravery - who have no memorial for their sacrifice in Dien Bien Phu. In Europe there are German cemetries in what were occupied countries, Soviet memorials in Germany and so on - regardless of who won or lost the trajic loss of life of all sides is generally remembered - here the awfull sacrifice of those who fought with France have been almost removed from history as there is no memorial to their sacrifice.

The French themselves have a mall memorial in a compound on the other side of the river closer to their old command bunker and I found this small memorial an equally worthwhile site to visit as this site. At the French memorial there are many small messages and memorials from various French military and ex service groups - particularly from the Foreign Legion.
Written March 31, 2018
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JackRunHome
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam1 contribution
To The War Heroes
Dec 2017
It is hard not to notice how much Vietnamese love their countries, well if you are here for a short vacation like me, and Dien Bien Phu is like the backbone highway of Ho Chi Minh, it is worth going to this place you will feel the peace when you are there instead of feeling sad. The place is well kept and if you are a fan of history, you can almost feel the love of these soldiers looking at those nameless tombs.
Written January 29, 2018
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scottofhawaii
Honolulu, HI7,139 contributions
Solemn
Nov 2017 • Friends
I applaud the Vietnamese for allowing tourists to honor their war dead by letting them visit this cemetary. It is right across the street from the War Museum. The names of some of the soldiers are on back of the tombstones. Alot didn't have names which made me wonder if they were unknown soldiers.
Written November 13, 2017
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Mjk1945
Siem Reap, Cambodia51 contributions
Spotless
Apr 2017 • Solo
I telling place for the few soldiers buried here ; I'm sure many tens of thousands of Vietemese soldiers
We're killed in this conflicts. as the French lost 16000. and they lost the battle;
Very clean and very well layed out cemetery
Written April 5, 2017
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356mike
London65 contributions
Well kept cemetery
Feb 2017 • Couples
Very well kept. The graveyard is immaculate and so many names on the wall of unidentified and that was only the battle with the french
Written February 4, 2017
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