Vietnam War propaganda broadcaster ‘Hanoi Hannah’ dies
SILKY-VOICED communist propaganda broadcaster “Hanoi Hannah”, famous for urging American GIs to leave her country during the Vietnam War, has died at age 87, friends said yesterday.
The radio presenter, whose real name was Trinh Thi Ngo, was among dozens of Vietnamese journalists drafted by the communist regime to inundate the country with antiUS rhetoric during the conflict that ended in 1975 with the fall of Saigon and America’s defeat.
“GI, your government has abandoned you. They have ordered you to die,” she said in one of her on-air appeals in English during the draining war.
“Don’t trust them. They lied to you, GIs, you know you cannot win this war.”
In daily broadcasts on state-run Voice of Vietnam (VOV) from the northern capital Hanoi, Hannah would list the names of American troops killed in combat, read US newspaper articles about anti-war protests, and lull listeners with Joan Baez and Bob Dylan tunes.
Rarely did she speak of Vietnamese losses or American successes in her broadcasts, which were carefully controlled by the communist authorities.
Ms Trinh died on September 30 at her home in Ho Chi Minh City, according to the Voice of Vietnam.
Trinh Thi Ngo with a picture of herself when she was “Hanoi Hannah”.