Vui Giu Min was born on March 17, 1927, in the village of Bàn Lâu, Muông-Khuông district, Lao Kay province, in the north of Vietnam, near the Chinese border.
In 1948, he joined the French security service, but two years later, towards the end of 1950, the French army evacuated the province.
Thereafter, young Vui Giu participated in several battles in the Phong-Tho region, and became a certified parachutist on May 23, 1952. He then joined the Groupement de Commandos Mixtes Aéroportés (the Combined Airborne Commando Unit), the famous GCMA, formed to serve as a Viet Minh rear-operating force. He fought at Tam-Duong, Binh-Lu, and Than-Uyen.
On several occasions, the young parachutist was dropped on enemy territory, notably at Nghia Lô, on October 13, 1952. Though a mere private, he courageously led his buddies at the front till October 21st. This bravery earned him his first commendation and he was awarded the T.O.E. War Cross with a bronze star.
On June 17, 1954, he was parachuted at Pakha. After having taken part in the liberation of his native province, he received a vermeil star on his war cross. Made caporal, he was singled out to wear the GCMA lanyard, an exceptional honour.
In 1956, Caporal Vui Giu Min left the French army and the French territory to settle in Vientiane, Laos, and only returned to France, via Thailand, in 1975. Upon return, he took residence in the Rochelle. A few years later, he received the Military Medal at the front of troops.
Mr. Vui Giu Min passed away on March 26, 2006, at the Rochelle hospital, after a protracted illness. Present to bid him farewell during his funeral were his wife, children and grandchildren, as well as representatives of his extended parachutists’ family. He is currently resting in peace at the Parc cemetery, in the Rochelle, France, his country.