Master SGT Ho Thi Que “Tiger Lady” Of The 44th Ranger Battalion


This picture came up last night in one of the 1911 groups. You can see her pearl handled 1911 worn around the hip using a M3 shoulder holster. Interesting but the lady herself is more interesting.

She was a SGT in an ARVN Ranger unit and she was fearless. She would be at the front in attacks, she helped treat the wounded and in one case shaved her head in mutual grief with one of the wives of a fallen ARVN Ranger.

Now comes the sa part. That gent behind her was her husband, a Major in the ARVN Rangers. The local newspapers reported she walked in on him cheating on her one day and he was forced to defend himself. He killed her during the “self defense”. The cheating part may or may not be true. It was widely known he was very jealous of her accomplishments and high stature among the troops and public. More believe he just killed her out of jealousy than the concocted story.


  1. I finally got a chance to read this. That pearl handled 1911 is interesting. Even more interesting that she used a shoulder holster as a regular holster. I agree with your theory that husband just waxed her on a whim. That is too bad.

    • there are a lot of pictures of Vietnamese using the M3 holster like that. They liked the cowboy look of it I think. and the shoulder strap was way to big to fit them snug like it does western sizes

  2. The allegations of infidelity by Major Dun is accurate. At his trial he said his wife attacked him with a knife while he was with his girlfriend in a hotel room in Can Tho. The prosecutor stated that Sgt Que had intended to cut off the Major’s girlfriend’s hair (some reports had it as a pair of scissors) to shame her. The Major said at trial ” A wife in the hands of a woman known as the Tiger Woman of the Mekong Delta is far different than in the hands of anyone else”. After being confined for a year the Major was given command of an infantry battalion 3/49 and was killed in action near Duc Hoa in Jan. 1967. Sgt Que was originally from a farming family in North Vietnam and met her husband near Hue when both were in the Viet Minh fighting against the French, Ho Thi Que was then a intelligent agent. She was a marksman with a M1 and a 45. Around October 18, 1965, Sgt Que battalion was trapped between 2 or 3 VC battalions and effectively destroyed , losing 59 KIA and 78 WIA with almost all American advisors killed. Curiously, the Major was not there, he was hospitalized with some illness. He was then relieved of command and shifted to desk job as a deputy province chief in charge of security. He blamed his wife and a month later his wife was killed. Many in ARVN were jealous of both, but especially Sgt. Que as she was becoming the most famous fighter in all of South Vietnam.


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