Vietnam martyr's wartime diary released in Laos

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A Laotian translation of the war diary of martyred army medic Dang Thuy Tram has been released.

Nhat Ky Dang Thuy Tram (Dang Thuy Tram's Diary) was translated by Dinh Van Hung of Vietnam's Defense Academy and published by the Literature Publishing House.

One thousand copies in Laotian and 100 in Vietnamese were also handed over to the Laotian government on December 28.

Dang Thuy Tram was a Vietnamese military doctor who worked as a battlefield surgeon for the liberation force during the Vietnam War and kept a detailed account of her thoughts in personal diaries.

Tragically, she was killed by US forces at the age of 27 after managing to defend her mobile hospital unit for over three years which saved the lives of countless troops.

After Thuy Tram's last battle in Duc Pho District, Quang Ngai Province, American soldier Fred Whitehurst chanced upon her two diaries.

For the next 35 years they haunted him until he returned them to her family three years ago. Tram's diary has been translated into many languages, with an English version, titled "Last Night I Dreamed of Peace," released in 2007.

It was also made into a film, Dung dot (Don't Burn), which won the Golden Lotus for the best picture at the 16th Vietnam Film Festival in December 2009.

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