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After the French were driven out South Vietnam elected Ngo Dinh Diem as its president.It soon became clear that Diem was basically a puppet for the Americans

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LBJ admits to assassinating Ngo Dinh Diem, the first president of South Vietnam (1955–1963) (0.20)

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Ngo Dinh Diem - After refusing Ho Chi Minh's invitation to join the Communist movement, Ngo Dinh Diem led South Vietnam from 1954 to 1963, when he was killed by his generals in a coup. His autocratic rule, exemplified by the imprisonment and execution of hundreds of Buddhists, and his refusal to institute land reforms, probably contributed to increasing popular support for Ho Chi Minh.

5-1956 South Vietnam's President Ngo Dinh Diem sleeping under the trees during his trip to refugee settlements | by manhhai

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Photographs from the Vietnam War

Ngo Dinh Diem, President of South Vietnam, is greeted by U.S. President Eisenhower

Ngo Dinh Nhu - The younger brother and chief political advisor of South Vietnamese leader Ngo Dinh Diem, Nhu ran his brother's regime of secret political movements, the Can Lao. He was assassinated, along with his brother, during the 1963 coup.

Kennedy's role in the Vietnam War. During the early 1960s, the U.S. military presence in Vietnam escalated as corruption and internal divisions threatened the government of South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem.

This Day in History: Nov 2, 1963: Ngo Dinh Diem assassinated in South Vietnam

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Photographs from the Vietnam War

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