- Proper name: Nguyễn Đức Nguyện
- Native place: Đình Bảng ward, Từ Sơn town, Bắc Ninh province
- Positions: Standing ofcer of the military commission of the party central committee, Vice Chairman of the Head Department of Politics, Director of the Military Academy of Politics
- From 1968 - 1972, he held the position of Political Commissar cum Secretary of the Party Committee in major military campaigns such as: Route 9 - Khe Sanh (1968); High Command 500 (1969); Route 9 - Southern Laos (1971); Trị - Thiên (1972).
He participated in revolutionary activities from the age of 17 (1938) and was active in the Democratic Youth movement. Nationwide Resistance broke out, the resistance against the French began. It was during the days when he was actively participating in revolutionary activities that he met his wife, writer Nguyệt Tú later.
Photo: Comrade Lê Quang Đạo, the photo was taken when he was a student at Thăng Long School (the boy wearing a long-sleeved sweater, holding a white hat), at Đô Temple, Đình Bảng, Bắc Ninh (1938-1940)SHOW
He was trusted by the Party and Army and was assigned to hold many important positions. He was always present on fierce battlefields with important responsibilities such as: propaganda officer during the 1950 Border campaign, the Deputy Head of the Điện Biên Phủ campaign in 1954.
Photo: Soldiers attacked fortresses in Điện Biên Phủ, 1954
During the resistance war against the US, he was assigned to be the Deputy Head of the General Department of Politics, Army Propaganda Instruction officer (1955); Political Commissar of the campaigns: Trail 9 - Khe Sanh, Trail 9 - Southern Laos, Trị- Thiên (1967-1972)…
Photo: Comrade Lê Quang Đạo and Comrade Vũ Trọng Yên during the Khe Sanh campaign, 1968SHOW
Political Commissar Lê Quang Đạo (middle), his secretary, Mr. Khôi and his security guard, Mr Hóa (right) at Khe Sanh front, 1968SHOW
Comrade Lê Quang Đạo (the first person from the right)-Political Commissar of the Trail 9- Southern Laos Front, 1971SHOW
“Mr. Đạo is not a general specializing in Army ordnance or transportation, but he
would listen to the opinions of officials and soldiers so that he could propose
the most suitable policy. The fate of the country at the time when Mr. Đạo was
the political commissar of Corps 500 was fragile. If it was lost at the Đồng Lộc
and Khe Ve Crossings, even though Hanoi's food and weapons stores were abundant,
Corps 500 and the Liberation Army units would starve not only for one day or two,
but for the entire month and they would end up in dying of hunger. Mr. Lê Quang Đạo
spent many nights without sleep, many meals without eating because of the number of
cadres and soldiers injured and sacrificed by magnetic bombs, fierce air raids 24
hours a day. The challenge was too great. He worked tirelessly and ignored danger.
With the close direction of the Ministry of National Defense and the support of the
whole people, Corps 500 could complete the goal of clearing the road. When the
transportation route was smooth, all the needs of the Southern battlefield were fully
met by the rear, creating favorable conditions for the army and people to win the final victory.”
((Excerpt from "Tâm (or Heart)- the most meaningful word", writer Nguyễn Trần Thiết,
“" Lê Quang Đạo (1921 - 1999), People's Army Publishing House)
Comrade Lê Quang Đạo, Political Commissar- cum -Secretary of the Party Committee of Command 500 was assigned the task of transporting rice and gasoline to the Southern battlefield.SHOW
"During 28 years in the army, Mr. Lê Quang Đạo devoted all his talents, energy to building and directing the Army's Propaganda Instruction Department" ( Said General Võ Nguyên Giáp)
Photo: General Võ Nguyên Giáp and comrade Lê Quang Đạo discussed the battle plan, 1975SHOW