Lê Quang Tung (1923–63) was the commander of the Army of the Republic
of Vietnam Special Forces under the command of Ngô Đình Nhu, brother
of South Vietnam's president, Ngô Đình Diệm. During the 1950s, Tung
was a high-ranking official in Nhu's Cần Lao, a secret political
apparatus which maintained the Ngô family's grip on power. Appointed as
commander of the special forces in 1960, his leadership was noted more
for repressing dissidents than fighting the Viet Cong insurgents. His
most well-known attack was the raid on Xá Lợi pagoda in August 1963
in which hundreds died or disappeared. Tung's main military programme
was a scheme in which army personnel attempted to infiltrate North
Vietnam for intelligence gathering and sabotage. The program was
ineffective, with the vast majority of infiltrators being killed or
captured. Tung was also reported to be planning an assassination attempt
on Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr., the U.S. Ambassador to South Vietnam.
Following the pagoda raids, America terminated funding to Tung's men
because they were used as a political tool rather than against the
communists. Along with Diệm and Nhu, Tung was assassinated during the
November 1963 coup.
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