Lieutenant General Lê Nguyên Khang (11 June 1931 – 12 November 1996 )[1] was a Marine Commander of the Republic of Vietnam Marine Corps for South Vietnam. Commander of III Corps 9 June 1966. The President of the United States awards Silver Star for valor June 27 - 29, 1967. Described by General Wallace M. Greene, Jr., CMC USMC, "as one of the finest field commanders in Asia."

Early life

Lê was born in Sơn Tây, Hanoi, South Vietnam on 11 June 1931.[1]


  • Commander of the Marine Corps,
  • VNN Commander,
  • Commander of the Capital Military Zone,
  • Saigon-Gia Dinh Military Governor,
  • III Corps and III Tactical Zone Commander (1968)[2]
  • Representative of the Government in the Eastern Regions,
  • Deputy Chief of the Joint General Staff in Operations.


According to Republic of Vietnam Marine Corps sources, Lê died in Orange County, Virginia, USA on 12 November 1996.[1] However, according to noted Vietnam war historian, Spencer C. Tucker, the place of death was Hope, California.[3]


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