Serving in the Secret War
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to the ethnic Lao Pilots
their valor, their courage,
& their personal sacrifices.
I have the pleasure of knowing several Lao veterans with my closest friend living in San Diego, Pim, an Army Special Forces. The Royalists fought far superior numerical odds in their attempts to keep their country from being overrun by the Communists using outdated W.W.II equipment and supplies.
General Vang Pao (V.P.) was engaged in a
ground war against numerical superior odds from both the North Vietnamese Army
(N.V.A.) and his own country's Communist politically aligned "Pathet Lao" (P.L.).
For more historical notes related to the Hmong and other Hill Tribes
sacrifices and the Secret War, please read
* Kham Phiou Manivanh is a R.L.A.F. Pilot Veteran from Sam Neua and is ethnic Lao. Kham has flown over 3,000 Combat Sorties and another 1,200 missions on AC-47 Spooky Gunship. Kham Phiou's call sign is "Spooky-13".
Kmhmu Wedding Reception - "Ravens" Connection"
Kham Phiou and me "Thumbs Up!"
4 Nov 00
* Seno (L-46) 30 miles ENE of Savannakhet (L-39) RLAF Downed Aircraft (and more!)
During French Era, used as a parachute training facility with Lao Army.
The A-1H .. ready for damage armed A-1 H was probably at NKP airfield.
John Holt, LtCol, USAF (Retired)
21st SOS, NKP [email protected]
"Frank: nice to hear from you. I do not know what the fate of the
pilot was. I arrived there the next day with some people to inspect
the aircraft since it had live ammo. I have a couple of stories you
might enjoy. One day, I was flying a HH3 helicopter about 10 miles
across the Mekong River, east of Savanakett. About 3 T-28's which I
think were Laotian made fighter-type passes at me and scarred the
hell out of me. I guess they were just having fun. On another
occasion, an A1E had crash landed on an abandon airstrip in Laos. When
he landed, out of control, he hit a water buffalo with a small child
riding it (on the abandon runway.) Both were killed. The A1 was
carrying a very large bomb of a special nature which the Americans
did not want anyone to get their hands on. I will attach a picture of
what I believe was a similar bomb. We hoisted the bomb back to NKP.
Also, a picture here of a F4 that went down at night with the pilot.
He had no idea where he was landing and miracously was unhurt."
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