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.
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