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Vientiane MSGs

Acres, Kasey, Cpl (76-77)  (Went to Hong Kong)
Aitken, Richard  (57-58)
Babonas, George F., SSgt (65-67)
Bourgeois, Melvin , (68-69)
Bromley, Austin W. , Sgt (61)
Brown, Michael E. , Cpl  (67-68)
Cade, "Gippy" III (63-64)
Campbell, Frank Jr, Cpl (67)
Corbett, Hank (67-70)
Dauphin, Karl V., Sgt (64-65)
Davis, Richard P., LCpl (64-65)
Davis,  Vinson L., Cpl (67)
Dear, July C., GySgt (NCOIC 64-66)
Dentinger,  Jim (68-69)
Devora, John L., 1stSgt, (NCOIC) (66-67)
Dunn, Jeff  (67-68)
Dunn, Joe D. , SSgt, (65-66) (Went to Saigon) (KIA 68) (Deceased)
 (thewall-usa.com/info.asp?recid=14242)
Ellington, Al (68-69)
Farguson, Tom , Cpl (66)
Feltenberger, Harry (66-67) (Went to Saigon)
Fitts, Mike, Cpl (76)
Fraley,  Gary "Dale"  (68-69)
Garner, Cpl (65-66)
Garrett, Billy R., Sgt  (64-65)
Gromachey, Michael  L. (70-71)
Hackett, James F. (NCOIC) (58-59) (Went to Saigon as NCOIC)
Haines, Ron (65-66) (Deceased)
Herrell, Glenn  LCpl (63-64)
Hignight, Dan (68-69)
Holliman,  Joseph, Sgt (67-68)
Hollister, James (70-73)
Holman, Bob, Cpl (75-76)
Holmes, Sam L., Sgt (65-66)
Hoover, Bob (68-69)
Hubbard, William B. Jr, Cpl (64-65) (Went to Saigon)
Jackson, Dorsey W. , Cpl  (64-65)( Went to Hong Kong)
Jenkins, Robert M., Sgt (64-65)
Jennings, George (NCOIC) (57-58) (Went to Saigon as NCOIC)
Jimerson, James W. (68)
Johnson, Robert, SSgt, (NCOIC  (75-76)
Jones, Ernie (68-69)
Keays, Walt (63-64)
Kozusko, Albert M. Jr, LCpl,  (61)
Krebs, Dave, Cpl  (66)

Lance, Robert, GySgt, (NCOIC) (61-62)
Leland, SSgt. (74-74)
Levann, Hugh Scott "Scotty"  (67-68)
Logue, Kenneth E. Cpl, (64-65) (Went to Saigon)
Lovelidge, Ralph S. III , Sgt,  (65-67)
*Madsen, Alfred L. (NCOIC)  (59-61)(Went to Singapore, Malaysia) (Deceased-19May04)
Martin, Bruce  Sgt (76-77) (Went to Seoul, Korea)
McOmber, Ronnie, Cpl (76-77) (Went to Tokyo, Japan)
Miller, Johnny I., Cpl (64-65) (Went to Saigon)
Milsap,  John (68-69)
Moore, Barton, Sgt (75-76) (Went to Taipei, Taiwan)
Mullins, Edward L. (59-60) (Went to Taipei, Taiwan)
Mullins, Richard D. Cpl, (64-66)
Muse, Ken (68-69)
Neal, Lyman Mike , Sgt, (65-66)
Norton, Aura,  Cpl (67-68)
Oakley, J. Howard, Cpl (64-65) (Went to Rangoon)
Olson, Paul, Cpl (66)
Parsons, Joe, Sgt (66)
Perez, Manuel C. (60-61)
Quintana, Elio E. , MSgt (76-77) (Last MSG in Vientiane)  (Went to Cairo, Egypt)
Rice, Fred L., LCpl (65-66) (Went to Manila, PI)
Richard, Francis J. Jr (74-75) (Went to Saigon, Rvn)
Rine,  John H. Jr  (57-58)
Rogers Jr., Venoy L., Sgt. 74-75
Romero, Santos, SSgt, (66)
Ross, Tom, Sgt (76)
Sanders, Carl D. , Sgt (64-65) (Went to Saigon)
Serpico, John (68-69)
Settlemyer, Roger W. LCpl (70-71)
Sheehan, C. R. Jr, LCpl (65-66)
Sipes, Charlie G., Cpl (64-65)
Siverly,  Fred  (56-57)
Smith, Charles (70-71) (Went to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
Stephens, Bob Cpl (63-64)
*Stypczynski, Steve "Ski" (Aug68) (Deceased)
Thornhill LCpl (63-64)
Urbanek, "Snake" (69-70)
Watson, William P. MSgt, NCOIC (73-75)
Wenger, Stanton E., Cpl (65-66) (Went to Tokyo, Japan)
Westervelt, Pieter R. (56-57) (Went to Saigon, RVN)
Wilkens,  Gerald  R., Cpl (67)
Wilson, Paul (NCOIC) (63-64) (Went to Calcutta)
Wilson, Robert, 1stSgt (NCOIC) (68-69)
Woods, Robert D. (58-60)
Yersavich, Pete (NCOIC) (56-57) (Went to Saigon as NCOIC)
Zemaitis, Ronald A., Cpl (64-65) ) (DECEASED)
                  (www.arlingtoncemetery.net/razemaitis.htm )
Zinn, Erich, Cpl, (64-65) (Went to Saigon)

(*=Denotes Deceased)



Historical References from:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Laos
http://www.historyofnations.net/asia/laos.html
2008

Ambassador: Ravic R. Huso
Administrative Officer
Regional Marine Officer (RMO):  

NCOIC:

Watchstanders: 



2007

Ambassador:   Patricia M. Haslach,
                             
Ravic R. Huso (Appointed 22Jun07)
Administrative Officer
Regional Marine Officer (RMO):  

NCOIC:

Watchstanders: 



2006

Ambassador:   Patricia M. Haslach
Administrative Officer
Regional Marine Officer (RMO):  

NCOIC:

Watchstanders: 


June 8, 2006:  Choummaly Sayasone becomes President of the  Lao People's Democratic Republic.

2005

Ambassador:   Patricia M. Haslach
Administrative Officer
Regional Marine Officer (RMO):  

NCOIC:

Watchstanders: 


2004

Ambassador:   Douglas Alan Hartwick  (Until: 21Apr04); Patricia M. Haslach (Appointed: 12May04)
Administrative Officer
Regional Marine Officer (RMO):  

NCOIC:

Watchstanders: 




2003

Ambassador:   Douglas Alan Hartwick  
Administrative Officer
Regional Marine Officer (RMO):  

NCOIC:

Watchstanders:  


2002

Ambassador:   Douglas Alan Hartwick  
Administrative Officer
Regional Marine Officer (RMO):  

NCOIC:

Watchstanders: 

2001

Ambassador:   Douglas Alan Hartwick  (Appointed: 11Jul01)
Administrative Officer
Regional Marine Officer (RMO):  

NCOIC:

Watchstanders: 



2000

Ambassador:   
Administrative Officer
Regional Marine Officer (RMO):  

NCOIC:

Watchstanders: 


1999

Ambassador:   Wendy J. Chamberlin  (Until 14Jun99)
Administrative Officer
Regional Marine Officer (RMO):  

NCOIC:

Watchstanders: 



1998

Ambassador:   Wendy J. Chamberlin 
Administrative Officer
Regional Marine Officer (RMO):  

NCOIC:

Watchstanders: 
February 24, 1998: Khamtai Siphandon becomes President of the Lao People's Democratic Republic holding that position until June 8, 2006, when he was replaced by Choummaly Sayasone.
1997

Ambassador:   Wendy J. Chamberlin 
Administrative Officer
Regional Marine Officer (RMO):  

NCOIC:

Watchstanders: 


1996

Ambassador:   Victor L. Tomseth   (Until: 20Aug96);  Wendy J. Chamberlin (Appointed: 02Jul96)
Administrative Officer
Regional Marine Officer (RMO):  

NCOIC:

Watchstanders: 



1995

Ambassador:   Victor L. Tomseth    
Administrative Officer
Regional Marine Officer (RMO):  

NCOIC:

Watchstanders: 

January 9, 1995: Prince Souphanouvong dies.  He was the figurehead leader of the Pathet Lao during the Secret War  while siding and receiving support from Ho Chi Minh and communist North Vietnam until the take over of  the government of the Kingdom of  Laos in 1975.  He became the President of the Lao People's Democratic Republic and held that position until August 15, 1991 when replaced by Kaysone Phomvihane  who was the real Pathet Lao strongman.
1994

Ambassador:   Victor L. Tomseth    (Former Iranian Hostage)
Administrative Officer
Regional Marine Officer (RMO):  

NCOIC:

Watchstanders: 


1993

Charge d'Affaires:   Charles B. Salmon, Jr  (Until: 26Jul93);Victor L. Tomseth  (Appointed: 22Nov93)
Administrative Officer
Regional Marine Officer (RMO):  

NCOIC:

Watchstanders: 

1992

Charge d'Affaires:   Charles B. Salmon, Jr  changed to Ambassadorial status 14Jul92)
Administrative Officer
Regional Marine Officer (RMO):  

NCOIC:

Watchstanders: 

Full diplomatic relations were restored  bringing the post back to Ambassadorial level.  The United States Information  Service (USIS)  re-opened their office in Vientiane.

November 21, 1992: President Kaysone Phomvihane dies in Vientiane.  He was the main figure in the Pathet Lao movement and subsequent take over of the country  in 1975.  He was the Prime Minister from 1975 until August 15, 1991 when he became President of the Lao People's Democratic Republic.  He remained President until his death.  Although Prince Souphanouvong had been appointed the first President, it was a figurehead appointment with Kaysone being the one in power.  A memorial and museum were made at his residence.  It was one of the American buildings inside of the old USAID compound known as "Six Klick City", which housed American Foreign Service personnel who were accompanied by their dependents.  When the Americans occupied the compound, it featured bars, retaurants, tennis courts, swimming pools, a commissary and assorted offices where the Secret War was orchestrated from.  During the 1975 takeover of Vientiane, the Pathet Lao ejected the Americans and occupied the compound.  Kaysone live here until his death. 

November 25, 1992:  Nouhak Phoumsavanh was appointed President to replace the deceased Kaysone Phomvihane.  He held this position until February 24, 1998 when replaced by Khamtai Siphandon.
1991

Charge d'Affaires:   Charles B. Salmon, Jr  
Administrative Officer
Regional Marine Officer (RMO):  

NCOIC:

Watchstanders: : 

August 15, 1991:  Kaysone Phomvihane assumes the Presidency of the Lao People's Democratic Republic.  He replaces Phoumi Vongvichit, who had been representing Souphanouvong since October 31, 1986.  Kaysone had been the Prime Minister of the Lao People's Democratic Republic since it's inception on December 2, 1975. 
1990

Charge d'Affaires:   Charles B. Salmon, Jr  
Administrative Officer
Regional Marine Officer (RMO):  

NCOIC:

Watchstanders: : 

The government's policies prompted about 10 percent of the Lao population to leave the country. Laos depended heavily on Soviet aid channeled through Vietnam up until the Soviet collapse in 1991. In the 1990s the communist party gave up centralised management of the economy but still has a monopoly of political power.
1989

Charge d'Affaires:   Harriet W. Isom   (Until: Aug89);  Charlews B. Salmon, Jr  (Aug89)
Administrative Officer
Regional Marine Officer (RMO):  

NCOIC:

Watchstanders: : 


1988

Charge d'Affaires:   Harriet W. Isom
Administrative Officer
Regional Marine Officer (RMO):  

NCOIC:

Watchstanders: 


1987

Charge d'Affaires:   Harriet W. Isom
Administrative Officer
Regional Marine Officer (RMO):  

NCOIC:

Watchstanders: 

Harriet W. Isom
1986

Charge d'Affaires ad interim:  Theresa A. Tull   (Until: Aug86); Harriet W. Isom  (Aug86)
Administrative Officer
Regional Marine Officer (RMO):  

Detachment Commander

Watchstanders: 


October 31, 1986:  Phoumi Vongvichit becomes President of the Lao People's Democratic Republic acting in stay for Prince Souphanouvong until August 15, 1991 when Kaysone Phomvihane appoints himself President of the Lao People's Democratic Republic.   
1985

Charge d'Affaires ad interim:  Theresa A. Tull
Administrative Officer
Regional Marine Officer (RMO):  

Detachment Commander

Watchstanders: 



1984

Charge d'Affaires ad interim:  Theresa A. Tull
Administrative Officer
Regional Marine Officer (RMO):  

Detachment Commander

Watchstanders: 



1983

Charge d'Affaires ad interim: William W. Thomas, Jr  (Until: Nov83);  Theresa A. Tull  (Nov83)
Administrative Officer
Regional Marine Officer (RMO):  

NCOIC:

Watchstanders: 



1982

Charge d'Affaires ad interim: William W. Thomas Jr.
Administrative Officer
Regional Marine Officer (RMO):  

Detachment Commander

Watchstanders: 


1981

Charge d'Affaires ad interim: Leo J. Moser  (Until: Oct81); William W. Thomas, Jr  (Nov81)
Administrative Officer
Regional Marine Officer (RMO):  

NCOIC:

Watchstanders: 

1980

Charge d'Affaires ad interim: Leo J Moser
Administrative Officer
Regional Marine Officer (RMO):  

NCOIC:

Watchstanders: 
Leo J Moser

1979

Charge d'Affaires ad interim:  George B. Roberts, Jr (Until: Sep79);  Leo J. Moser (Sep79)
Administrative Officer
Regional Marine Officer (RMO):  

NCOIC:

Watchstanders:

1978

Charge d'Affaires ad interim: Thomas J. Corcoran (Until: Mar78); George B. Roberts, Jr  (Mar78)
Administrative Officer
Regional Marine Officer (RMO):  

NCOIC:

Watchstanders: 

 


On May 13, 1978, deposed King Savang Vattana died from starvation while being held captive in a reeducation camp near Hua Phan, Laos.  He was buried in a commoner's grave.  His death was not made public until 10 years later.
1977

Charge d'Affaires ad interim: Thomas J. Corcoran
Administrative Officer
RSO: Michael W. Beckner
Regional Marine Officer (RMO):
 
 

NCOIC: MSgt Elio E. Quintana (the last MSG in Vientiane, Laos)
Watchstanders: Sgt Tom Ross,  Cpl Mike Fitts,  Cpl K. C. Acres,  Cpl Ronnie  Mc Omber, Sgt. Bruce Martin,

Departures:
Feb77:  Sgt Tom Ross ,  Cpl Mike Fitts, Cpl Ronnie McOmber to Tokyo, Japan and  Cpl Bruce Martin to Seoul, Korea
Mar77: Cpl K. C. Acres to Hong Kong and MSgt Elio Quintana to Cairo, Egypt

1976

Charge d'Affaires ad interim: Thomas J. Corcoran
Administrative Officer
RSO: Michael W. Beckner
Regional Marine Officer (RMO):
 

NCOIC
: SSgt Robert Johnson replaced by  MSgt Elio E. Quintana
Watchstanders:  Sgt Barton Moore, Sgt Tom Ross, Cpl K. C. Acres,  Cpl Mike Fitts,  Cpl Holman,  Cpl Ronnie McOmber, and Sgt. Bruce Martin,
Departures:  SSgt Robert Johnson;  Sgt Barton Moore to Taipei, Taiwan;  Cpl Bob Holman





1975

Ambassador:  Charles S. Whitehouse (Until: 12Apr75);  Charge d'Affaires: Christian A. Chapman (02Jun75);  Charge d'Affaires ad interim: Thomas J. Corcoran  (Aug75)
Administrative Officer
Regional Marine Officer (RMO):  

NCOIC
MSgt William P. Watson replaced by SSgt Robert Johnson
Watchstanders: 
Cpl Bob Holman, Sgt Barton Moore, Francis "Fran" J. Richard Jr (Transferred to Saigon, RVN), Sgt. Venoy L. Rogers Jr.,

02Jun75:  Time Magazine Extract: Several dozen long haired Laotian students scaled the 9' wire fence surrounding the sprawling USAID compound in Vientiane.  After several hundred reinforcements were bussed in the next morning, the students kept two U.S. Marines and one U.S. civilian locked inside the main buildings.  They also ransacked the compound, looting cases of American beer from the commissary.  Some 140 American families living in the suburban -style residential complex  for USAID workers outside Vientiane were being held virtual prisoners.  Pathet Lao and rightist troops, brandishing potent-looking grenades, were searching cars at the compound gate and preventing nearly all Americans from leaving.  (NOTE FROM KEN LOGUE:  If anybody has more details on this article, please contact me. The two Marines would be Marine Security Guards at the USAID compound.  No other Marines were allowed in country by virtue of the Geneva Convention on Laos.  The residential complex for dependents was known as "K-6", it was 6 kilometers out of town and was similar to a military housing community.)

After the take over of the government by the Pathet Lao in 1975,  the US Information  Service,  US  Agency  for International Development  and Defense Attache Offices closed .  This resulted in the reduction  in size of the Marine Security Guard Detachment with fewer posts to man.  


April: After the fall of South Vietnam to communist forces in April 1975, the Pathet Lao with the backing of North Vietnam were able to take total power with little resistance.
December 2:  King Savang Vatthana (The Last King of Laos)  was forced to abdicate his throne and the Lao People's Democratic Republic was established. He was sent to a re-education camp along with his wife and children.  Prince Souvanna Phouma was allowed to remain in Vientiane.

The new communist government led by Kaysone Phomvihane  (Prime Minister) imposed centralized economic decision-making and incarcerated many members of the previous government and military in "re-education camps" which also included the Hmongs.
Prince Souphanouvong, the "Red Prince", is appointed President of the newly established Lao People's Democratic Republic.  Souphanouvong is known as the "Red Prince" being part of the royal family who affiliated himself with Ho Chi Minh and the communist regime in North Vietnam and was the figurehead for the Pathet Lao movement within the Kingdom of Laos.  

While nominally independent, the communist government was for many years effectively little more than a puppet regime run from Vietnam

 
1974

Ambassador:  Charles S. Whitehouse
Administrative Officer
Regional Marine Officer (RMO):  

NCOIC: MSgt William P. Watson

Watchstanders: SSgt Leland, Francis "Fran" J. Richard Jr, Sgt. Venoy L. Rogers Jr.,


1973

Ambassador: G. McMurtrie Godley (Until: 23Apr73); Charles S. Whitehouse  (Appointed: 24Jul73)
Administrative Officer
Regional Marine Officer (RMO):  

NCOIC:
MSgt William P. Watson
Watchstanders:  James Hollister

Shortly after the Paris Peace Accords led to the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Vietnam, a ceasefire between the Pathet Lao and the government led to a new coalition government. However, North Vietnam never really withdrew from Laos and the Pathet Lao remained little more than a proxy army for Vietnamese interests.
1972

Ambassador:  G. McMurtrie Godley
Administrative Officer
Regional Marine Officer (RMO):  

NCOIC:

Watchstanders:  James Hollister



1971

Ambassador:  G. McMurtrie Godley
Administrative Officer
Regional Marine Officer (RMO):  

NCOIC:

Watchstanders:   James Hollister, Michael Gromachey,
LCpl. Roger W. Settlemyer, Charles Smith (Transferred to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)


1970

Ambassador:  G. McMurtrie Godley
Administrative Officer
Regional Marine Officer (RMO):  

NCOIC:

Watchstanders:  Hank Corbett, James Hollister, Michael Gromachey, LCpl. Roger W. Settlemyer, Charles Smith
, "Snake" Urbanek

In 1972, the communist People's Party renamed itself the Lao People's Revolutionary Party (LPRP). It joined a new coalition government in Laos soon after the Vientiane cease-fire agreement in 1973. Nonetheless, the political struggle between communists, neutralists, and rightists continued. The fall of Saigon and Phnom Penh to communist forces in April 1975 hastened the decline of the coalition in Laos. Months after these communist victories, the Pathet Lao entered Vientiane. On December 2, 1975, the king abdicated his throne in the constitutional monarchy, and the communist Lao People's Democratic Republic (LPDR) was established. 

The new communist government imposed centralized economic decision-making and broad security measures, including control of the media and the arrest and incarceration of many members of the previous government and military in "re-education camps." These draconian policies and deteriorating economic conditions, along with government efforts to enforce political control, prompted an exodus of lowland Lao and ethnic Hmong from Laos. About 10% of the Lao population sought refugee status after 1975, many of whom resettled in third countries, including the United States. From 1975 to 1996, the U.S. resettled som

e 250,000 Lao refugees from Thailand, including 130,000 Hmong. 

1969

Ambassador:  William H. Sullivan  (Until: 18Mar69);  G. McMurtrie Godley (Appointed: 13Jun69)
Administrative Officer
Regional Marine Officer (RMO):  

NCOIC:
Robert Wilson, 1st Sgt.
Watchstanders: Hank Corbett, Melvin Bourgeois, Jim Dentinger, Al Ellington, Dan Hignight, Bob Hoover, Ernie Jones, John Milsap, Ken Muse, John Serpico, "Snake" Urbanek

1968

Ambassador:  William H. Sullivan
Administrative Officer
Regional Marine Officer (RMO):  
  

NCOIC: Robert Wilson, 1stSgt.
Watchstanders:  Hank Corbett,
Melvin Bourgeois, Jim Dentinger, Jeff Dunn, Al Ellington, Dan Highnight, Sgt Joseph Holliman,  Bob Hoover, Ernie Jones, Hugh Scott "Scotty" Levann, John Milsap, Ken Muse, Cpl Aura Norton, John Serpico, Steve "Ski" Stypczynski - accidentally shot on post Aug68 - medevaced and died shortly thereafter of wounds),


1967

Ambassador:  William H. Sullivan
Administrative Officer
Regional Marine Officer (RMO):  

NCOIC:  1stSgt John L. Devora;  SSgt George F. Babonas (ANCOIC)

Watchstanders: Hank Corbett, Cpl Harry Feltenberger, Sgt Ralph S. Lovelidge III, Cpl Michael E. Brown,  Cpl Frank Campbell Jr,  Cpl  Vinson L. Davis, Jeff Dunn,  Cpl Thomas E. Fargusson,  Sgt Joseph Holliman, Cpl David G. Krebs, Hugh Scott "Scotty" Levann,  Cpl Aura Norton, Sgt Paul E. Olson , Sgt Joseph W. Parsons  and Cpl Gerald R. Wilkens
 


Departures:  Cpl Harry Feltenberger and Cpl Vinson L. Davis  went to Saigon; Sgt Ralph S. Lovelidge rotated to CONUS
       1966
Ambassador:  William H. Sullivan
Administrative Officer: Nicholas G. W. Thorpe
Regional Marine Officer: (RMO): Major White

NCOIC: GySgt July C. Dear replaced by GySgt John Devora (Apr66);  
A/NCOIC:
SSgt George F. Babonas
Watchstanders:
SSgt Joe Dunn, SSgt Santos Romero,  SSgt Samuel L. Holmes, Sgt L. Mike Neal, Sgt Joe Parsons,  Cpl Tom Fargusson,  Cpl Harry Feltenberger, Cpl Garner,  Cpl Ronald Haines,  Cpl Dave Krebs,  Cpl Richard D. Mullins, Cpl Paul Olson, Cpl Charles Sheehan Jr,  Cpl Charlie G. Sipes, Cpl Stan E. Wenger, Cpl Ronald A. Zemaitis, Cpl Ralph S. Lovelidge III, LCpl Fred L. Rice
PhotoAlbum  Detachment Pictures


Departures:
Feb66: Sgt L. Mike Neal and wife Carolyn departed for CONUS
LCpl Freddie L. Rice went to Manila, P.I.. Cpl Stanton E. Wenger went to Tokyo, Japan




1965

Ambassador:  William H. Sullivan
Administrative Officer:  Nicholas G. W.  Thorpe
Regional Marine Officer (RMO):  Major White

NCOIC: 
GySgt July Christmas Dear / ANCOIC: Sgt George F. Babonas
Watchstanders:
Sgt Samual L. Holmes,  Sgt L. Mike Neal,  Sgt Carl D. Sanders, Cpl William B. Hubbard, Jr, Cpl Garner,  Cpl Dorsey W. Jackson, Cpl  Kenneth E. Logue, Cpl Richard D. Mullins,  Cpl J. Howard Oakley, Cpl Charlie G.  Sipes, Cpl Stan E. Wenger,  Cpl Ronald A. Zemaitis,  Cpl Erich Zinn,  LCpl  Ralph  S. Lovelidge III,  LCpl Fred L. Rice,  and LCpl  C. R. Sheehan Jr
Arrivals:
May65: Sgt L. Mike Neal arrived from Canberra, Australia

Departures:
Cpl Johnny I. Miller went to Saigon
April:  Cpl Erich Zinn to Saigon, RVN
15Sep: Cpl's William B. Hubbard Jr and Kenneth E. Logue to Saigon, RVN
October: Sgt Carl D. Sanders to Saigon, RVN
November: Cpl J. Howard Oakley to Rangoon, Burma and Cpl Dorsey W. Jackson to Hong Kong

(Notes from Ken Logue:  Life for MSG's in Vientiane was interesting.  We were restricted on travel to an 8 square mile area around Vientiane because the rest of the country was contested with the Pathet Lao.  At the Marine House, we had a pretty good size bar.  On certain occasions, we would have 3 or 4 bartenders.  We also had a large veranda where we had set up a rec-room, with weights, a ping-pong table and would show movies that circulated through the community.  We had a volley-ball court , horseshoes and a garden in the yard.  On occasion,  we would have a "pig-roast" in the yard and invite guests over.  A lot of the "singles" group of DOS employees would hang out at the Marine House.  We had the USAID Compound, which was occupied primarily by USAID, but housed also the Air Force and Army Attaches.  This was also the American Community Center where we had a bowling alley, swimming pool, movie theater, commissary, and it is where most US functions were held, i.e. MC Ball, New Year's Party, etc.  DOS employees who were accompanied by their dependents, resided at K-6 Compound.  It reminded me of a government quarters compound on a lot of military installations.  In addition to the government quarters there, they had a huge field that we use to play baseball and football on.  A lot of different groups, Army and Air Attache, MSG's, USAID and different sections of the embassy were big enough to organize teams and we would compete for fun.  We did a lot of socializing with residents at K-6.  Some of the MSG's dated and married dependents from K-6.  We also had "Mom & Pop"  Bill Remley.   They had been every Marine Security Guard's  "Mom & Pop" for as long as who knows when.  Ralph Lovelidge tells me that "Mom Remley"  passed away a few years back.  "Pop" Bill Remley is still alive living in Florida.  
Photo Album: Detachment Pictures
1964

Ambassador:  Leonard C. Unger (Until: 01Dec64); William H. Sullivan (Appointed  26Nov64)
Regional Security
Officer:  Nicholas G. W. Thorpe
Regional Marine Officer (RMO):  

NCOIC
:   GySgt July Christmas Dear  / ANCOIC: Sgt Billy R. Garrett , Paul Wilson (NCOIC) (63-64)
Watchstanders: Sgt Robert M. Jenkins, Cpl Karl V. Dauphin, Cpl Johnny I,  Miller, Cpl Richard D. (Moon) Mullins,
LCpl Richard P. (Baby Huey) Davis, LCpl Dorsey W. Jackson,  LCpl  J. Howard Oakley  and LCpl Erich Zinn, Cpl Ronald Zemaitis and LCpl Charlie Sipes; "Gippy" Cade III, Glenn Herrell, Walt Keays and Bob Stephens
On 27Aug64, Cpl  Kenneth E. Logue, Sgt Carl D. Sanders, Cpl William (Bill) B. Hubbard Jr and LCpl J. Howard (Buck) Oakley arrived in Vientiane, Laos after being assigned as Marine Security Guards from MSG Class 1-65 at Henderson Hall.

Around 01Nov64, Cpl Ronald A. Zemaitis and LCpl Charlie G. Sipes arrived on post.

Departures:

Paul Wilson (NCOIC) went to Calcutta

09Sep64: "Gippy" Cade III, Walt Keays, Glenn Herrell and Bob Stephens

 

 Photo Album: Detachment Pictures

1963

Ambassador: Leonard C. Unger
Administrative Officer
Regional Marine Officer (RMO):  

NCOIC
: 
Paul Wilson
Watchstanders:
"Gippy" Cade III, Walt Keays, Glenn Herrell and Bob Stephens
 
1962

 Ambassador:  Winthrop G. Brown (Until: 28Jun62);  Leonard C. Unger (Appointed: 03Jul62)
Administrative Officer
Regional Marine Officer (RMO):  

NCOIC
GySgt Robert Lance
Watchstanders: 



1961

 Ambassador:  Winthrop G. Brown
Administrative Officer
Regional Marine Officer (RMO):  

NCOIC
: Alfred L. Madsen replaced by  SSgt Robert Lance
Watchstanders:  Manual C. Perez,  Sgt Austin W. Bromley,  LCpl  Albert M. Kozusko Jr

Departures:
Alfred L. Madsen went to Singagpoe, Malaysia as the NCOIC

A second Geneva conference, held in 1961-62, provided for the independence and neutrality of Laos,
Growing American and North Vietnamese military presence in the country increasingly drew Laos into the Second Indochina War1954-1975
For nearly a decade, eastern Laos was subjected to the heaviest bombing in the history of warfare[1], as the U.S. sought to destroy the Ho Chi Minh Trail that passed through Laos. The country was also repeatedly invaded by Vietnam.
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1960

Ambassador:  Horace H. Smith  (Until 21Jun60);    -    Winthrop G. Brown (Appointed: 05Jul60)
Administrative Officer
Regional Marine Officer (RMO):  

NCOIC
:  Alfred L. Madsen
Watchstanders:  Edward L. Mullins (Transferred to Taipei, Taiwan), Manual C. Perez, Robert D. Woods.

 In 1960 Captain Kong Le staged a coup when the cabinet was away at the royal capital of Luang Prabang and demanded reformation of a neutralist government.  
 The second coalition government, once again led by Souvanna Phouma, was not successful in holding power. Rightist forces under General Phoumi Nosavan drove out the neutralist government from power.
1959

Ambassador:  Horace H. Smith
Administrative Officer
Regional Marine Officer (RMO):  

NCOIC
:  James Hackett replaced by Alfred L. Madsen
Watchstanders:  Edward L. Mullins, Robert D. Woods

Departures:
James Hackett went to Saigon as the NCOIC

Laos gained full independence following the French defeat by the Vietnamese communists and the subsequent Geneva peace conference in 1954.

.King Sisavangvong died.  He was the longest ruling king on earth at the time of his death.  He had 12 wives and at least 24 children.  He was succeeded by  his son,  Savang Vatthana, who ruled until 1975, abdicating to the Pathet Lao
1958

Ambassador:  J. Graham Parsons  (Until: 08Feb58);  Horace H. Smith (Appointed: 26Mar58)
Administrative Officer
Regional Marine Officer (RMO):  

NCOIC
:  George Jennings replaced by James Hackett
Watchstanders:   Robert D. Woods, John H. Rinen Jr., Richard Aitken

Departures:
George Jennings went to Saigon as the NCOIC

Coalition government collapsed in 1958 under pressure from the United States
1957

Ambassador: J. Graham Parsons
Administrative Officer
Regional Marine Officer (RMO):  

NCOIC: Pete Yersavich replaced by  George Jennings
Watchstanders: 
John H. Rinen Jr.Pieter R. Westervelt (Transferred  to Saigon, RVN),  Richard Aitken, Fred Siverly


Departures:
Pete Yersavich went to Saigon as the NCOIC


First coalition government, led by Prince Souvanna Phouma, was formed

1956

Ambassador: Charles W. Yost  (Until: 27Apr56);  J. Graham Parsons (Appointed: 29May56)
Administrative Officer
Regional Marine Officer (RMO):  

NCOIC: Pete Yersavich
Watchstanders:
Peter R. Westervelt, Fred Siverly



1955

Ambassador: Charles W. Yost
Administrative Officer
Regional Marine Officer (RMO):  
 
NCOIC:
Watchstanders:
 



1954

Ambassador: Donald R. Heath  (Termination: 01Nov54); Charles W. Yost  Appointed: 18Aug54
Administrative Officer
Regional Marine Officer (RMO):  

NCOIC:
Watchstanders:
 



1953

Ambassador: Donald R. Heath
Administrative Officer
Regional Marine Officer (RMO):  

NCOIC:
 
Watchstanders: 



1952

Ambassador: Donald R. Heath
Administrative Officer
Regional Marine Officer (RMO):  

NCOIC:

Watchstanders:  



The official Lao flag was adopted.  It had three white elephants under a white parasol.  The elephants represented the three kingdoms of Luang Prabang, Vientiane and Champasak being united (under the parasol).  This remained the National Flag until 1975 when the Lao People's Democratic Republic was established, and the present day flag took it's place as the National Flag.
1951

Ambassador: Donald R. Heath
Administrative Officer
Regional Marine Officer (RMO):  

NCOIC:

Watchstanders: 



1950

Ambassador:  Donald R. Heath  (Envoy Extraordinary) Appointed 29Jun50
Administrative Officer
Regional Marine Officer (RMO):  

NCOIC:

Watchstanders:  

The United States opened its first legation in Laos.

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