Ngo Dinh Diem
Ngo Dinh Diem (Ngô Đình Diệm Jean Baptiste) (January 3, 1901 – November 2, 1963) was the first president of The Republic of Vietnam, commonly known as South Vietnam (1955–1963), after Vietnam split into northern and southern parts in late 1950s.
Dinh Diem was a devout Catholic throughout his life.
North Vietnamese desire to unite Vietnam under their rule dogged Ngo Dinh Diem and his country throughout his leadership.
In 1963, South Vietnamese generals with the help of US ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge took over South Vietnam and assassinated Ngo Dinh Diem.