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Nhung ngay cuoi cung cua Nguyen Van Thieu, Tran Thien Khiem o Sai Gon (tiep theo va het)
Nguyen Van Thieu ban giao chuc Tong thong cho Tran Van Huong.

5h chieu ngay 25/4/1975, Thomas Polgar - trum CIA o Sai Gon, cho goi Frank Snepp, Joe Kingsley va mot nhan vien khac roi hoi la "cac ong co ranh duong pho Sai Gon ban dem khong". Ca bon gat dau. "The thi tot", Polgar noi tiep: "Toi muon cac ong giup toi dua Thieu va Khiem di Dai Loan toi nay...".

Cung khoang thoi gian ay, tai Dinh Doc Lap, Thieu ngoi o phong doc sach tai lau 3 ben canh trai. Cho goi trung ta Ton That Ai Chieu, si quan tuy vien than can nhat, Thieu chi thi may viec can thiet va bao Chieu dem bo quan ao vest cua minh ve nha rieng trong Bo Tong tham muu. Nha nay cung nam chung day nha voi Tran Thien Khiem.

Sau do, Thieu goi tiep cac si quan than tin, gom: Dai ta Vo Van Cam, chanh van phong; dai ta Nguyen Van Duc, chanh tuy vien; dai ta Nhan Van Thiet, chi huy truong Canh sat quoc gia Vung 4, dai ta Tran Thanh Dien, truong khoi can ve. Thieu ra lenh: "Tat ca may chu phai thay thuong phuc, co mat tai dinh luc 7h. Moi chu chi duoc mang theo mot tui xach tay nho, tuyet doi giu bi mat, khong duoc thong bao cho gia dinh".

Vua dut loi, dai ta Dien thua: "Xin tong thong cho (trung ta) Sang va (trung ta) Thu di theo". Thay Thieu khong tra loi, Dien lap lai thi dai ta Duc kheu nhe. Hieu y, Dien khong xin xo gi nua. Sau nay duoc biet Thieu da chi thi cho trung ta Sang o lai lam cong tac dac biet co lien quan den 16 tan vang, con trung ta Thu thi tiep tuc lo an ninh cho tong thong Tran Van Huong. Rieng bac si Minh - la bac si rieng cua Thieu luc do khong co mat, trung ta Chieu phai goi vao. May hom nay cac vi quan nay bi dat trong tinh trang bao dong nen luc nao cung tuc truc tai dinh, khi nghe duoc lenh tren, ai ai cung voi va chay ve nha gom gop chut it do dac, giay to ca nhan, va di nhien la cung thong bao cho vo con, roi tro lai Dinh Doc Lap ngay tap lu.

Ban danh sach nhung nguoi cung thao chay voi Nguyen Van Thieu, do chinh tay ong Thieu viet.

Tai tu dinh Tran Thien Khiem, tu khi Khiem cho vo di Dai Bac, sau gio lam viec Nguyen Tan Phan khong ve nha ben vo nhu thuong le vi truoc khi di, vo Khiem dan Phan phai danh uu tien cho Khiem. Phan ke: "Do do khong luc nao toi roi ong, ke ca luc ong ra ngoai cung nhu luc o nha. Ban dem, de bao dam an ninh toi da cho Khiem, dai uy Mui va toi quyet dinh trai chieu ngu tai phong an, duoi chan cau thang dan len phong ngu cua Khiem o tren lau".

Xam toi ngay 25/4/1975, quang canh nha Khiem nhu co tang. Duoi bep, thuong si Tri, thuong si Xe - hai nguoi dau bep khoc thut thit vi co le ho doan duoc so phan cua ho, la se bi bo roi. Trung uy Hong uong ruou say nga nga, niu ao hoi thieu ta Thong la "sep" di dau (si quan, linh lac trong tu dinh cua Khiem thuong goi Khiem sau lung la "sep"). Cuoi cung Thong phai noi that la "chung toi dua thu tuong ra khoi nuoc!". Roi Thong quay sang Phan nhay mat, gat dau.

Nhu vay la Nguyen Tan Phan se duoc cho di theo. Lap tuc, Phan  quay ve phong rieng, kiem soat lai mot so tai lieu. Nhung gi khong can thiet ong ta dem ra san sau dot het. Nhet voi hai bo quan ao cung cac giay to tuy than va cay sung rouleau vao chiec Samsonite. Rieng khau Colt 45, Phan deo vao that lung du da co lenh tuyet doi khong duoc mang theo vu khi.

Cung tai thoi diem nay, khoang 8h30', Frank Snepp va 3 nguoi My khac, len duong den nha Khiem. Nguyen Tan Phan nho lai: "Vua ra toi cua, toi bong giat minh khi thay 3 chiec Chevrolet to lon mau den, mang bang so ngoai giao, ao vao cong, sat buc tuong phong thu cua Bo Tong tham muu. Chua ro chuyen gi thi Khiem goi toi lai, dua cho toi mot hop nho, dai khoang 5cm, rong 3cm, goi trong giay hong dieu. Khiem dan:  "Phan, giu cai nay la mon qua tang. Mot chut nua tong thong Thieu toi thi dem theo". Phan cam chiec hop len, thay khong nang ma cung khong nhe. Luc Khiem ra lenh nhu vay, ong ta nghi do la mon qua co the dung de tang ong Dai su My, hay la phi hanh doan, hoac mot nhan vat nao o Dai Bac, nhung khong tai nao doan ra trong do co cai gi cho toi khi den Dai Bac.

Tai lau ba Dinh Doc Lap, ben canh trai. Khoang 7h30' toi. Trong phong ngu, Thieu thay do bon tui - bo do may bang vai gabardine mau xanh reu tai nha may Huynh Hoan, quan 1. Di qua phong nho canh phong ngu, Thieu nghieng dau qua cua so nhin xuong. Duoi san, ben canh them tam cap, mot chiec xe Mercedes mau xanh dam da dau san. Nguoi cam lai la dai ta Nhan Van Thiet. Thay moi viec da san sang, Thieu rut trong hoc tu ra khau sung ngan hieu Browning da nap day dan, cho vao tui ao.

Xong xuoi, Thieu bam interphone goi si quan tuy vien truc luc do la dai uy Tran Anh Tuan. Thieu dua cho Tuan mot goi nho va ra lenh: "Chu mang cai hop nay qua cu Huong. Neu khong gap cu thi ngay mai dem qua cung duoc. Nho dung mo ra".

Thieu ra khoi phong. Khi toi canh thang may, mot nguoi linh can ve dua tay chao va bam nut mo cua thang. Truoc khi vao, Thieu quay lai dan dai uy Tuan: "Toi di qua nha dai tuong Khiem an com roi ve, chu khoi di theo". Sau do, Thieu buoc rat nhanh vao thang may, tu tay bam nut xuong tang tret. Tai tang tret, luc canh cua thang mo ra thi dai ta Dien da dung do, dua tay chao theo kieu nha binh. Thieu vua buoc xuong bac tam cap thi cung la luc hai nguoi linh can ve den de doi gac, khien Thieu giat minh. Thieu va Dien lanh le chui vao xe, Dien ngoi ben phai - cho ngoi chinh thuc cua Thieu de de phong truong hop Thieu bi am sat.

Vua ngoi vao xe, Thieu lien hoi Dien: "Co may cay sung?”. Dien dap: "Trinh tong thong, co hai cay, mot M16, mot Colt 45". Ngay lap tuc, Nhan Van Thiet cho xe chay vong qua san co, luot ngang them dai sanh roi tien thang ra cong chinh la dau dai lo Thong Nhat. Re trai tren duong Pasteur, chiec Mercedes theo duong Hien Vuong queo qua duong Cong Ly va chay thang theo dai lo Cach mang 1/11. Vao den cong chinh Bo Tong tham muu, xe re phai. Nhin thay chiec Mercedes, Nguyen Tan Phan  nhan ra ngay nhung xe khong vao nha Tran Thien Khiem ma chay thang ve nha Thieu.

Phan len phong lam viec cua Tran Thien Khiem mot lan nua. Luc nay, Polgar - trum CIA o Nam Viet Nam va Timmes dang cung Khiem uong ruou. Mot lat sau, xe cho Thieu xuat hien. Nhung si quan di cung doan voi Thieu xach xuong may chiec vali co ve rat nang, ho de nghi Frank Sneep mo cop sau, de ho chat vali vao. Theo Frank Sneep, thi "khi ho dat vali xuong, co tieng kim loai va vao nhau".--PageBreak--

Tu tren lau, khi di ngang qua phong an, Phan giat minh thay Thieu dang ngoi noi chuyen voi Khiem o phong khach, ben canh may ly ruou. Buoc ra phia truoc nha, Phan thay Thomas Polgar dang ngoi tai ban viet cua si quan tuy vien, kiem soat lai ho, ten cua nhung nguoi di de dien vao "giay tam cu" dua tren ban danh sach viet tay cua Thieu. Giay lat, Polgar, Timmes di ra. Nhin thay ho, Thieu khe gat dau chao roi chui vao xe cua Frank Sneep, ngoi o ghe sau, giua Timmes va dai ta Duc. Doan xe huong ve san bay Tan Son Nhat voi mot toc do khong lam ai phai chu y. Phia truoc, 1 xe Ford Pinto cua van phong CIA Sai Gon dan duong. Phia sau, la hai xe trong do gom 9 nguoi, duoc tong thong Tran Van Huong cho phep ra di theo yeu cau cua Nguyen Van Thieu.

Phan ke: "Luc xe qua khoi cong san bay, toi giat minh vi thay tat ca toi om, hinh nhu ca he thong dien da bi cup". Co le da duoc dan truoc, Nhan Van Thiet cho xe chay vong qua khu vuc cua Hang Hang khong My (Air America). Gan toi duong bang, Thiet tat het den. Mai den khi nhin thay anh sang lo mo hat ra tu buong lai, ho moi biet la da den sat ben mot chiec may bay, loai van tai 4 dong co canh quat C118.

Xe chua dung han, 3 chiec Chevrolet lao toi, mot so nguoi My mac thuong phuc, sung M16 trong tay, mo cua chay vot ra, vay quanh Nguyen Van Thieu. Roi nhu the tu tren troi roi xuong, Dai su My tai Nam Viet Nam la Graham Martin xuat hien ngay chan cau thang may bay. Sau nay, khi ke lai chuyen bo tri cho Nguyen Van Thieu roi Sai Gon, Martin van up mo, rang: "Ong Thieu da ra di trong dieu kien het suc kho khan", va "chung toi da de y va co gang sap xep moi chi tiet".

Chiec C118 co duoi so 231 duoc Martin goi tu Thai Lan sang Tan Son Nhat.  Khi may bay chuan bi cat canh, Martin den tan chan cau thang tien Thieu. Ve mat buon tham, Thieu co giu dang di binh than, mat cui nhin xuong dat. Luc sap sua buoc len cau thang, Thieu quay lai cam on Martin da lo lieu cho ong ta chuyen di. Voi mot giong khan khan, Martin dap: "Thua tong thong, do la dieu toi thieu toi co the lam. Xin tam biet va chuc ngai may man".

Khi tat ca da yen vi thi Thieu tu hang ghe phia truoc buoc ra phia sau, noi nhung nguoi chay theo Thieu dang ngoi. Thieu dung giua loi di, voi khuon mat khong con giong nhu hoi o nha Khiem nua. Net gian du hien ro trong tia mat Thieu ma dam tuong ta, si quan tuy vien da tung chung kien nhieu lan truoc kia. Cac si quan lam viec quanh Thieu doi khi phai don nhan nhung phan ung du doi tu Thieu, thay cho cac doi tuong ma Thieu can phai giu hoa khi o mot muc do co the coi duoc, Thieu thuong "gian ca chem thot" va hay "phang nham" nguoi khac. Voi cai nhin day cam han, mat do gay, Thieu gan tung tieng: "Ne, cac chu nho la khong duoc noi gi het. Co ai hay bao chi hoi thi tra loi la khong biet gi het! Nghe chua!". Noi xong, Thieu tro ve phia truoc.

Khong ai bao ai, tat ca deu im lang, chi co tieng no ri ri cua dong co may bay. Moi hom nao day, trong bai dien van tu chuc, Nguyen Van Thieu van hung ho tuyen bo: "Mat mot tong thong Nguyen Van Thieu, quan doi con trung tuong Nguyen Van Thieu, dong bao con mot chien si Nguyen Van Thieu. Toi nguyen se chien dau ke ben anh em chien si...". Ay the ma moi chi 4 ngay, "tong thong, trung tuong, chien si" Nguyen Van Thieu da chui tot vao may bay. Ma su ra di ay nao co vinh quang gi cho cam, di trong lang le, len lut. Noi mot cach chinh xac thi do la "bo cua chay lay nguoi".

Nguyen Tan Phan om cai hop cua Tran Thien Khiem trong suot chuyen bay (sau nay ong ta moi biet trong do chi la mot chiec radio 4 bang tan hieu Zenith ma Khiem tang cho Phan). Khong ai noi chuyen voi ai, moi nguoi theo duoi nhung y nghi rieng tu cua minh. Dot ngot, may bay giam do cao, dao mot vong roi ha canh. Duong bang truoc mat la phi truong Dai Bac. Phan nhin dong ho. Dung 3h40' sang. Nhan vien co khi phi hanh mo cua cau thang. Gio ua vao nghe lanh lanh. Moi nguoi lan luot xuong may bay.

Phan ke: "Tai chan cau thang, trong anh dien lo mo, toi nhan ra ba Nguyen Van Kieu, la vo dai su Viet Nam Cong hoa tai Dai Bac; mot trung ta, tuy vien quan su tai toa dai su, mot vien chuc cao cap cua chinh quyen Dai Loan va mot nhan vat khong kem phan quan trong, do la Truong Chi nhanh CIA My tai Dai Bac". Mot dieu dac biet la khong he co mat nhan vien co quan di tru vi day la mot truong hop ngoai le: De cho viec ra di danh chinh ngon thuan, Tran Van Huong ky quyet dinh de cu cuu tong thong Nguyen Van Thieu huong dan mot phai doan di Dai Bac, Dai Loan, de... phan uu cung Dai Loan ve viec tong thong Tuong Gioi Thach chet, mac du dam ma ong Tuong Gioi Thach da duoc cu hanh truoc do ca thang troi!

Nhung ngay o Dai Loan, Thieu ngoi lang le hang gio canh chiec radio, nghe BBC tuong thuat gio phut hap hoi cua Viet Nam Cong hoa. Sau do, ong ta den Anh quoc va cuoi cung, Thieu dinh cu tai thanh pho Boston, bang Massachusetts, My. Trong suot thoi gian song o My cho den khi chet, Nguyen Van Thieu rat kin tieng. Ngay ca hang xom cua ong ta cung khong biet ho dang o canh "tong thong cuoi cung cua Viet Nam Cong hoa".

Khi biet Thieu da dinh cu o My, mot vai nguoi co mat trong chuyen bay "bo cua chay lay nguoi" dien thoai cho Thieu, ngo y muon den tham ong ta nhung lan nao Thieu cung tu choi. Co le cai nhuc bai tran da khien Thieu khong muon gap lai thuoc cap. Chang nhung the, ong ta con nhac lai cau noi tren chiec may bay C118 ngay nao: "Co ai hay bao chi hoi thi tra loi la khong biet gi het! Nghe chua!"

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