National Historic Relic: Vam Lung Wharf (on Ho Chi Minh sea trail)

Vam Lung Wharf- Ho Chi Minh sea Trail is located in Dinh Hang village, Tan An commune, Ngoc Hien district. Victory Monument was started construction on January 5th, 2008 and inaugurated on May 15th, 2009 and recognized as National Historic relic on November 10th, 2010.

Vam Lung wharf is located in Chum Rong, Xeo Mam village, Tan An commune, Ngoc Hien district. This is the wharf where weapons for the southern battlefield are received from North Vietnam along Ho Chi Minh sea trail. For support for the southern battlefield, on January 02nd, 1961, the Politburo and the Central Military Commission instructed the Southern provinces to prepare yards, organize arm forces to receive weapons for South Vietnam from North Vietnam. After a year of scouting, preparing and reporting to the Central Military Commission, on November 10th, 1962, the first train of “trains without number” (“Orient 1”) carrying 30 tons of weapons from Do Son Wharf, Hai Phong pave the way to the South. On October 16th, 1962, Orient I ship controlled by Captain Le Van Mot and Commissar Van Bong Dia landed safely at Lung Vam Wharf. This is the train of “Train without number”, which opens the strategic transport route on the South China Sea – Ho Chi Minh Sea Trail. From 1962 to 1970, Lung Vam Wharf received 75 trains with over 4,400 tons of weapons and equipment for the southern battlefield.

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Time elapses; however, the name of people, lands, rivers and brilliant historical events are still recorded in the history books, in the hearts of all people here and in the historic rites. Every year, on the traditional date of Ca Mau province (December 13th), the Party, the army and people in Ngoc Hien district in general and in Tan An commune in particular visit all geographic names which are cannot be forgotten by soldiers of Navy Group 125 and Division 962, Military Zone 9 and Ca Mau people, namely Vam Lung – Tan An wharf to review the glorious fighting traditions of our nation.

Nguyen Tuyen

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