Dong Cunrui was born in Huailai County, Hebei Province, in 1929. He joined
the Eighth Route Army in July 1945 and later was appointed to be a squad leader
of a unit. Dong joined the Communist Party of China in March 1947. With mastery
of military skills and intelligence and bravery in battlefield, he won three
"Bravery Medals" and one "Mao Zedong Medal". His squad won the title of "Dong
Cunrui Training Model Squad".
On May 25, 1948, the PLA troops triggered off the battle of assaulting
Longhua City. The company that Dong Cunrui served in shouldered the task of
attacking Kuomintang's garrison troops in Longhua Middle School. Dong, as head
of the blasting group, led other comrades-in-arms to blow up four blockhouses
and five fortifications in a row, thus successfully fulfilling the task.
Subsequently, the company launched assault but was blocked by firepower from a
hidden bridge bunker. The troops were blocked in an opening area, then the
second and fourth squads failed to blow up the hidden bunker for twice in a row.
Then Dong came out boldly, carrying an explosive package and rushed towards the
hidden bunker. But the hidden bridge bunker was higher than his height and both
sides of the bridge had no place to put the explosive package, at that moment he
lifted the explosive package by left hand and pulled the fuse by the right hand
without hesitation, shouted, "for a new China, forward!" with the demolition of
the bunker, Dong Cunrui sacrificed his 19-year-old life and opened a way for the
(July 12, PLA Daily)
The Statue of Dong Cunrui
The Monument of Martyr Dong Cunrui
The Cemetery of Martyr Dong Cunrui