T-28 Trojan Foundation

Larry Simeone
Another view of the Air America helicopter squadron arrival in Udorn, March, 1961...the guy in the skivvies is from our platoon. All pics taken in a field on the southeastern side of the airstrip (between the airstrip and the highway into town).
54 years ago, March 22, 1961 a detachment of about 300 Marines landed at some god forsaken abandoned air strip in Northeast Thailand, just outside the dusty little town of Udorn, Thailand.  We set about building a base to provide ground support and security for an Air America helicopter squadron supporting the Laotian Government's fight against a communist insurgency just over the border in Laos.  -  Larry Simeone

Air America helicopters began to arrive a few days later.
click on photo's above and map below to enlarge
Preserving Our History film 1966 -1969 by Erwin Davis, courtesy of his daughter Kimberly Davis:
Because of it's strategic location, Udorn was one of the main bases for the USAF, CIA and Air America operations during the SE Asia conflict.
click on photo above for link to Det 1 56th SOW website.


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