MR III, IV, V SAVANNAKHET, PAKSE, VIENTIANE
WAR IN THE SOUTH
Socially, culturally, and economically, Vientiane was quite unlike any other place in the world. Colonized and supervised by the French while Laos had previously served as a geographic component of French Indochina, most French colonial administrative effort was expended in wresting every franc possible from the Lao economy, then sending the money back home to France. Zero effort was expended in improving the quality of life for the Lao people who grew rice, used slash-and-burn techniques to produce a small plot of ground useful for a single-season crop, and ate fish caught in the river. No industrial production base existed within the nation.
CAA article by Jerry Klingaman, ACA Journal page 9 - click cover
Pakse Ravens: Lloyd Duncan, Larry "Pepsi" Rhatts, Dick Defer & Frank Kricker
Raven "Hank" Allen photo taken by Raven Will Platt on March 16, 1970 ten days later Hank would be listed as MIA. click on photo for pdf compilation of findings.
Ed Gunter and Don Moody
Embassy letter provided by Don Harp
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The Archives supplement the book, "The Raven Chronicles, In Our Own Words, From the Secret War in Laos," available on Amazon.com.
This website contains contemporaneous interviews, combat videos, along with background documents, photos, and notes for each section in the book.
Click on report cover for pdf
Aerial View of Luang Prabang, Laos (L-54) Looking South. 1970 Photo by Ernie Anderson, Raven 11
MR II LONG TIENG GENERAL VANG PAO’S WAR
Considered the hot bed of the Secret War in Laos, Long Tieng was General Vang Pao's headquarters. Known as VP, he was not only loved by his Hmong people who valiantly fought to keep their homeland from falling into communist control, his military leadership was well respected by the Raven's who flew and fought along side his Special Guerrilla Units and Chao Pha Khao T-28 pilots. Many Raven's lost their lives in Military Region II. - Helen Murphy
Long Tieng Laos 1970 Photo William E. Platt Collection.
These three pdf documents provide a comprehensive overview of the USAF operations in Laos from the early stages through 1970. Click on each cover; Air Force FAC Operations 1965-1970, Checo Report Air Operations in Northern Laos Apr-Nov 1970 and The War in Northern Laos 1954-1970:
COMBAT CONTROLLERS FIRST THERE
USAF Air Commando Combat Controllers were the men who preceded the Ravens into Laos, starting in 1965. “First There” was their motto, original call sign was Eagle Control then call sign Butterfly.
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General Vang Pao and Raven Smoky Greene
RAVEN CHRONICLES ARCHIVES
England AFB, 1966; Standing; John Watts, Joseph E. Donahue, Vince Capece, Bob Mahaffey, Homer Thomas "Tom" Kinder, George Maxwell, Juan Rodriguez, Jim Stanford, Ronald D. Duvall, Tom Drinkwater, Noland D. "Dean" Stafford, Dustin V. Brock, Robert E Pechtold, William E. "Bill" Jerkins, Bob Annis, and Bob McCollough. Kneeling; Bill Frankenberger, John Stryker, Buddy Bowden, and Charlie Jones.
CCT at the Eye of the Storm
MR I LUANG PRABANG THE ROYAL CAPITAL
Pilot John Fuller, Raven 28 at Long Tieng. Crew Chief, Clyde Barr assisting in reloading rockets.
Lao village east of the Bolaven Plateau (Lee Gossett Collection)
1971. Pakse Ravens in formation over Laos. Frank Kricker took this photo of Larry Ratts, Dunc Duncan and Jim Hix returning to Pakse, when they formed up after a hard day’s work. They landed after sunset (against orders from Vientiane) in formation and on a parking area because of stiff crosswinds blowing across the runway.
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The Chronicles Project is a 501(c)3 non-profit tax deductible organization. All book royalties are donated to charities named by the authors. For additional information contact John Fuller at firstname.lastname@example.org
However the primary recipient is the EAPLS Scholarship Fund to support
Hmong & Lao college students. Ravens.org
This video is Pakse Laos and the Raven who filmed it is Ken Thompson, he appears a number of times in this film. The sites are PS-26 and PS-38, Saravane and Attepau. Ken is Raven 58, he is seen looking at the two engine prop plane near the end. The diamond shaped military compound is at Saravane. Brings back memories, I was at Pakse with Ken, 1969-70. - Don Harp
Ernie Anderson writes about a tragic T-28 crash involving Maj. Ed Troxel and Sgt. Walter "Andy" Capps during his last month at L-54 and the heroic efforts attempted to save them.
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NSA recently declassified doc on the crash submitted by Mac Thompson.