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  • Charles Piroth was a French artillery officer and veteran of the Italian Campaign during the Second World War, after which he served three tours in Vietnam during the First Indochina War. Holding the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, Piroth commanded the artillery of the French Dien Bien Phu garrison during the siege of the valley by the Viet Minh. After failures by his artillery batteries to provide adequate support, he committed suicide in his bunker.

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