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Vets drop in on D-Day party

Vets drop in on D-Day party

K OBOL, Cambodia-American and Cambodian Indochina War veterans made a D-Day

commemorative parachute jump on June 6.

"The D-Day invasion was the

greatest feat of arms in the 20th Century and worthy of celebrating half way

around the world," said Colonel Alex McColl, 62, a retired US

soldier.

Six Americans, most retired special-forces veterans, make up

"Friendship Airborne," which promotes goodwill parachute jumps around the

world.

Among the four Cambodian army personnel to make the jump were two

female medics, trained in the 1970s by US advisers.

Sok Elina, 40, and

Chan Kim Seng, 47, are still serving in the Cambodian army and are two of only

four survivors out of an original group of 25 women parachutists trained by the

US Army between 1970 and 1975, they said. Their friends were killed by the Khmer

Rouge after 1975.

Both women, just returned from fighting around Pailin,

said the jump did not frighten them and proudly wore their original US

Army-issue silver parachute wings.

"Even thought it's the first time in

almost 20 years, I wasn't nervous when I jumped from the aircraft. It's not new

for me. In 1975 I jumped 18 times," said a beaming Chan Kim Seng.

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