1968 VIETNAM – THAILAND..THAI FORCES in VIETNAM WAR.. [19880]

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1968 (Jan 24) [Thai year 2411] Stampless envelope endorsed “On Service South Vietnam War” together with letter headed “Deep in the Jungle” which is likely Laos to Usa Khompin, Bangkok from Corporal Prasit Khompin, Volunteer Regt., “Queens Cobras” with partial Bangkok 3 slogan, Yannava, Bangkok 12
(29 Jan 1968) arrival slogan & with on reverse Bangkok (29 Jan 1968) transit date stamp & poor black circular Welfare Military P.O. together with fine violet Volunteer Corps /27 Jan 2511 /Vietnam hand stamp of the Queens Cobras.
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The Volunteer Regt. “Queens Cobras” arrived Vietnam September 1967 & combat operations started the following month….Historically in 1963 Thailand permitted the USA to use Air Bases & Naval establishments during the VN war 1955-75 & later contributed other resources including sending infantry soldiers to Vietnam suffering 1351 deaths. Thai forces were however more involved with the “Secret War” & covert operations in Laos 1964 – 72. The US pulled all ground forces out of Vietnam by 12 August 1972 & Thai – US relations in Bangkok became tender & later soured to the extent that by 1977 all US military personnel & bases were closed.

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