Vietnamese Heroic Mother Nguyen Thi Bau: A life of quiet sacrifice

Update: 17:46 | 23/07/2019

(BGO) - Vietnamese Heroic Mother Nguyen Thi Bau (born in 1928) in Lan Tranh 1 village, Lien Chung commune (Tan Yen district, Bac Giang province) has seven sons and three of them fell down during the resistance war against America and the northern border defence war. She has worked hard all of her life and sacrificed her own things for the country.

Bau and her husband were wartime logistics civilian labourers

The house of mother Nguyen Thi Bau is near the Thuong River. Seeing the guests coming to the house, she came to the gate to welcome. Throughout the talk, she did not mention sad stories and complain about her loss but her eyes filled with sadness said all.

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Mother Nguyen Thi Bau happily enjoys old age with her children and grandchildren.

The mother told that during the anti-French resistance war, her husband – Nguyen Van Chat volunteered to work in the firing line for four months to serve the Dien Bien Phu Campaign. In late April 1954, she sent her son to his grandparents in order to enter the group of workers. At that time, she was 26 years old. In the place where death is near, she never showed her fear.

After the liberation of Dien Bien Phu, mother Bau returned to her hometown and joined the women's union movement. She and the union’s officials actively encouraged local women to produce enthusiastically in the form of cooperative and practice as a guerrilla to stand ready to protect the village when the enemy came.

Three sons lay in the battlefield

Mother Bau gave birth to seven sons, three of them died of bombs. They are Nguyen Van Nghin (born in 1949); Nguyen Trong Tai (born in 1955), a martyr during the anti-US resistance war; and Nguyen Van Hai (born in 1959), who died in the northern border defence war.

She said that the eldest son, Nguyen Van Nghin, joined the army in 1967. On the way to the south, he wrote letters for his mother wherever he rested. The letter sent from Nghe An to the North is the last one. During the Mau Than campaign in 1968, Nghin was shot by the enemy and died.

Expressing the morality of "Drinking water, remember the source", for many years, the Military Command of Tan Yen district and the provincial Department of Transport have volunteered to bring up Vietnamese Heroic Mother Nguyen Thi Bau.

The fight against the American imperialism was entering the runaway stage, the South needed a lot of help from the great rear of the North. In 1972, Nguyen Trong Tai followed his brother’s footsteps, becoming a reconnaissance soldier of the Military Region 5.

In the hometown, mother Bau secretly encouraged and believed that his son would be determined to fight and win. Hearing that neighboring Cambodia escaped from the genocidal regime, she did not know whether her son, one of the troops helping the neighbouring country, was alive or not. And in early 1979, she cried when holding the death notice of her second child.

Then, the son named Hai said he would enlist in the army to defend the northern border of the country. At first, the mother intended to stop him because she was afraid of losing another child. 

Thinking that the country was still sunk into gunfire, she hid her worries and encouraged her son so that he could feel secure to fight. But Hai also followed his two elder brothers, leaving in his hometown an old mother who waited for her child every day.

Tens of years have passed, the memory of the mother has a slight loss and her health is weak somewhat, but her notability, hardship and plainness remain intact. She always reminds her descendants to promote family traditions to work authentically. 

Now her children have a stable life. Many grandchildren have joined the army, fulfilling the sacred duty to the country. The mother's family is also a typical one in the village and the commune in the new-style rural building and “all people protect national security” movements.

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