Category Archives: Duty in Laos

Back in D.C.

In Hong Kong, George boarded a Pan Am flight to Tokyo, from there to Honolulu, then to San Francisco and finally to Washington, D.C. He was picked up at the airport by an agent and taken to Langley. For several days, George debriefed on all aspects of his work in...

Leaving Laos

George had just returned from one of the Philippine island jungle trips with some Laotian officers when he received a message to immediately report to his State Department boss. The sternness of the note gave rise to concern. You didn’t receive such a note unless something was seriously wrong. He...

To The Philippines

Recovering took two months of medical treatment and rest after being carried out of the northernmost Montagnard village on the Chinese/Laotian border in the province of Phong Sally. As soon as George was able, he was assigned to take Laotian field grade officers to the Philippines for training. This was...

Laos (15)

The Chinese and Pathet Lao were just across the mountainous border of the northernmost Laotian province of Phong Sally, which would later become a strategic point for American forces attempting to interrupt the Ho Chi Minh Trial. George and his partner had to get to the highest-and-closest-to-the-border Montagnard village. By...

Laos (14)

It was approaching two years that George had been working the Laotian border, with different partners during that period. He had saved the worst for last, or perhaps it should be said, the most difficult for last, which would be the northernmost two provinces, Sam Neua and Phong Sally. In...

Laos (13)

George and his partner had been in the jungle for a week inspecting Montagnard tribes. It was cold and rainy, but before returning to civilization, they felt they must make it to two villages located in a valley between two very high mountain peaks. Finally, hacking through a trail with...

Laos (12)

George and his partner were fatigued from jungle trips to Montagnard villages for inspection and organization of Auto-Defense groups. They returned to Vientiane and requested time to recuperate. Vientiane in the mid-50s was a fairly large city, but there were no high buildings. The only large buildings were a few...

Laos (11)

George and his partner caught a ride on a “Beaver” plane of Air Laos to the town of Saravane, where they intended to inspect the infantry battalion. The commander and his staff with a small detachment met the plane as it landed on the the grass strip. The group proceeded...

Laos (10)

As George and his partner continued their CIA work, under the State Department cover of aid observers, along the Laos/Vietnamese border, they found the same condition in each Montagnard village, a willing Auto-Defense group of fighters whose weapons were archaic and who had no communication equipment. It would be only...

Laos (9)

George and his partner decided to review another Laotian infantry company of the 3rd Military Region on the border that could only be accessed by water. They departed up the Mekong River to Muang Khammouan. The company commander had been notified by the regiment radio that the men were coming,...