On This Day in 1945, The First U.S. soldier is killed during Vietnam’s August Revolution

Lt. Col. Peter Dewey is shot and killed in Saigon. Dewey was the first of thousands of Americans who would die in Vietnam over the next 30 years.

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Ho Chi Minh, third from left, stands with Americans of the OSS in 1945. Not 100% sure, but we think that’s Dewey to his left.

The August Revolution, also known as the August General Uprising, was a revolution launched by the Việt Minh (League for the Independence of Vietnam) against the Empire of Vietnam and the Empire of Japan in the latter half of August 1945.

The Việt Minh, led by the Indochinese Communist Party, was created in 1941 and designed to appeal to a wider population than the communists could command.

Within two weeks, forces under the Việt Minh had seized control of most rural villages and cities throughout Northern, Central, and Southern Vietnam, including Hanoi, Huế, and Saigon.

The August Revolution sought to create a unified regime for the entire country under Việt Minh’s rule. Official historiography in Vietnam claims that the Việt Minh controlled all of Vietnam following the events of the uprising, but several townships such as Móng Cái, Vĩnh Yên, Hà Giang, Lào Cai, Lai Châu were under the control of non-Việt Minh nationalists. Việt Minh leader Hồ Chí Minh declared the independence of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam on 2 September 1945.

Lt. Col. Peter Dewey

It was during this time of chaos that Lt. Col. Peter Dewey, a U.S. Army officer with the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) in Vietnam, is shot and killed in Saigon. Dewey was the head of a seven-man team sent to Vietnam to search for missing American pilots and to gather information on the situation in the country after the surrender of the Japanese.

According to the provisions of the Potsdam Conference, the British were assigned the responsibility of disarming Japanese soldiers south of the 16th parallel. However, with the surrender of the Japanese, Ho Chi Minh and the Viet Minh declared themselves the rightful government of Vietnam.

This angered the French colonial officials and the remaining French soldiers who had been disarmed and imprisoned by the Japanese. They urged British Maj. Gen. Douglas D. Gracey to help them regain control. Gracey, not fond of the Viet Minh or their cause, rearmed 1,400 French soldiers to help his troops maintain order.

The next day these forces ousted the Viet Minh from the offices that they had only recently occupied. Dewey’s sympathies lay with the Viet Minh, many of whom were nationalists who did not want a return to French colonial rule. The American officer was an outspoken man who soon angered Gracey, eventually resulting in the British general ordering him to leave Indochina.

On the way to the airport, accompanied by another OSS officer, Capt. Henry Bluechel, Dewey refused to stop at a roadblock manned by three Viet Minh soldiers. He yelled back at them in French and they opened fire, killing Dewey instantly. Bluechel was unhurt and escaped on foot. It was later determined that the Viet Minh had fired on Dewey thinking he was French. He would prove to be the first of nearly 59,000 Americans killed in Vietnam.


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4 COMMENTS

  1. A war-criminal, a mercinary of a colonial power in a war of aggression. The US had and still has nothing lost in Asia….

  2. Looks like a targeted hit to me. As in Graham Greene’s book The Quiet American. Funny how Capt. Henry Bluechel got away without a scratch. Yet Lt. Col. Peter Dewey died instantly at the scene. You’d think the Viet Minh would have killed them both or more logically why would they fire on them if they didn’t want to get the Americans involved in their dispute with the French? No I’d say Dewey wasn’t the second casualty the first one being the truth.

  3. [“ Nevertheless, every living being, Creator, animal: lat. Spirit; Soul, called Human, Woman, with and without UN-in-formed COSTUMES as a SERVI-PRODUCT, called Person;PERSON, being a SOLDIER-SLAVE, who has and will lose their lives, do not realize, serving the wrong LORDS, who are sworn satanic-luciferian Zionist of the DeepState-Freemasons Brotherhoods, declaring their victims as CAPITAL-LOSSES, which are in deed organized CAPITAL CRIMES and sailing under the MARITIME & Martial Law under the control of the Roman Canon Law, by the Jesuits. The Victims=CREDITORS do not know, what the have to do with the DEBITORS, DeepState, BigFamilies with their Industries but they know what they do on our costs and lives. We do not say NO and still serving, financing and honoring them, as our LORDS-PAPAMS..and we do not hear in us our own God, which is the real State in that private commercial bankruptcy STATE Inc. ! But the Cosmic Angles, as well good Gods, as cosmic Spirt, are already judging for justice and freedom in-time to keep our mission as Creators to thrive, alive. So it is. Be all blessed with love and not hate. “]

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