The LÊ BÁ Family Commanding Legacy
Our Ancestors' Tomb
The legendary LÊ BÁ family carries on the tradition of fighting for their freedom, idealism, loyalty to their country, as well as always defending their homeland against enemies. This tradition is told and carried on throughout the generations, along with Vietnamese history, specifically in 1527, at the bloody war between Trịnh and Nguyễn during the Lê, Mạc Dynasty. The war was won by King Nguyễn Phúc Ánh (King Gia Long). The Nguyễn Dynasty reigned from Chúa Vơ - King Nguyễn Phúc Khoát 1738 until 1956 with King Bảo Đại, the last King of Nguyễn Dynasty.
For generations, we seized opportunities that made it possible to overcome difficult situations, and do something good to survive and to progress for the better—for our country and for our people.
This is how the Commanding Legacy of the famous and courageous LÊ BÁ Family began:
The Monument to the memory of General LÊ KỲ
The First Generation
(The General of Lord Nguyễn Hoàng, first King of Nguyễn Dynasty)
Mạc Đăng Dung, was a former fisherman, a boxing champion and a very strong military officer under the King Lê Uy Mục. He got more promotions from King Lê Tương Dực and then became a Lord under King Lê Chiêu Tông of the Lê Dynasty.
In 1527, Mạc Đăng Dung killed King Lê Cung Hoàng and overthrew the Lê Dynasty and proclaimed that he was the new King of the Mạc Dynasty.
King Mạc Đăng Dung faced opposition from the people, especially the Lê dynasty loyal warriors. People disrespected for his authority, fought against his regime and hid in jungles to recruit others for rebellion. Fighters,scholars and soldiers waited for the appropriate time to rise up and to retake the Kingdom for the Lê Dynasty.
Lord Nguyễn Kim who was a loyalist of the Lê Dynasty, sent out the recruit leaflets to find any of King's Lê relatives to crown as the reigning monarch of the Lê Dynasty.
He found a poor man of the Royal Family who had escaped to the country of Lào, named Lê Duy Ninh (Chúa Chỗm). He became King Lê Trang Tông and defeated the Mạc Dynasty later.
Lê Kỳ was a warrior among of Lord Nguyễn Kim's followers who helped him to retake the Lê Dynasty...
Lord Nguyễn Kim had two sons: Nguyễn Uông and Nguyễn Hoàng and a girl who married to Trịnh Kiễm, a very powerful top official who controlled all of King Lê's government affairs
After Lord Nguyễn Kim died, Trịnh Kiễm become more powerful and he poisoned Lord Nguyễn Uông and murdered Nguyễn Uông, his trong competition then.
Lord Nguyễn Hoàng who was scared of being hurt by his brother-in-law, asked for advices from Mr Trạng Tŕnh, a very wise philosopher who told him to evacuate to the Thuận Hoá territory to survive. Thuận Hóa was an area in the south that had not been developed. It was a jungle with wild animals, a poisonous climate all year round... and not many habitants living there yet.
Nguyễn Hoàng then asked his sister, Trịnh Kiễm's wife for a request. Trịnh Kiễm wished to terminate his future opposition at this bad environment with no human activity, therefore he approved for Nguyễn Hoàng to move to Thuận Hóa and organized government there.
In 1558, Lord Nguyễn Hoàng took his family along with his personal intimate Generals. Among them was General Lê Kỳ who won many battles against Mạc Đăng Dung's Army. They evacuated to Thuận Hóa area to be free from Trịnh Kiễm, his brother-in-law, who controlled the Lê's Dynasty in the North, They left the Thanh Hóa, Nghệ An and Hà Tĩnh provinces and crossed the Giang River to reach to Thuận Hóa (Huế) city.
Nguyễn Hoàng entered Ái Tử (Quảng Trị) and stationed there to recruit warriors, patriots, soldiers and good people and cultivated land, built bases and developed the territory. He ordered to cut tax for his people and organized goverment for two cities Quăng Trị and Thuận Hóa, along with local administrations for Dạ Lê and Thanh Tuyền district.
General Lê Kỳ accompanied Lord Nguyễn Hoàng and stationed at Thuận Hóa (Huế) city. General Lê Kỳ and his family then setled at Thanh Tuyền district and they started raising the Lê Bá Family at their new country... He was later promoted to Senior General - Lord Hoằng Cung (Phụ Quốc Thượng Tướng quân - Hoằng Cung Hầu)
The Twelfth Generation
LÊ BÁ LAO
Admiral, Nguyễn Dynasty
(Commanding Admiral of Fort Thuận An, southeast of Huế City)
Admiral LÊ BÁ LAO was a renowned top official under King TỰ ĐỨC, born to a traditional military and political family. He was also the commander the King's Elephants force. He was buried at the edge of the Elephant Mountain (núi Voi), next to Độn Sầm, a jungle, home to tigers and other wild animals. It is located west of his native village, làng Thanh Thủy Thượng, 5 kilometers south of Huế City.
The Fifteenth Generation
LÊ BÁ THÔNG
Commander, South Vietnamese Navy
(Commanding Officer Task Group 231.1 at Fort Thuận An (1973 - 1974)
The Sixteenth Generation
LÊ BÁ HÙNG
Captain, United States Navy
(Commanding Officer of USS LASSEN, DDG 82 (2009 - 2010) and Commodore Destroyer Squadron Seven (2014 - 2017)
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The Reminder to the next generations of LÊ BÁ Family
The meaning of the word "BÁ'" is "HUNDRED".
The LÊ BÁ - THÚC - QUƯ relationship:
1. LÊ BÁ was named to members of the first Tier of the Family
2. LÊ THÚC was named to members of the second Tier of the Family
3. LÊ QUƯ was named to members of the third Tier of the Family
This chronicle of our ancestry was written to remind all future generations of LÊ BÁ Family not to change this word "BÁ" and that each member has the responsibility to maintain and to pass this tradition down to the next generations.
Also each generation is responsible to raise the Family successfully and to prosper day after day. Members must improve their education to make their Ancestors and their Families being proud of them. Always be nice, gentle and generous
All future generations have to take care of, protect, help and love one another. All future generations must keep the tradition of the LÊ BÁ Family by respecting the elders, by being kind and by providing good education to the young relatives.
Children will behave excellently to themselves and be grateful by expressing their gratitude to Grandparents and Parents, as well as conducting good, moral character
The Second Generation
LÊ TÔN LỘC
(The Founder of LÊ BÁ Family at Thanh Thủy Thượng Village, south of Huế City)
LÊ BÁ THÔNG'S FAMILY TREE
( Edited on August 17, 2017 by Lê Bá Kiên - Seventeenth Gereration )