Search form

Login - Register | FOLLOW US ON

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - 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


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

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


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.



Please, login or register to post a comment

Latest Video

Turkish Embassy calls for closure of Zaman schools

With an attempted coup against the government of President Recep Erdogan quashed only days ago and more than 7,000 alleged conspirators now under arrest, the Turkish ambassador to Cambodia yesterday pressed the govern

CNRP lawmakers beaten

Two opposition lawmakers, Nhay Chamroeun and Kong Sakphea were beaten unconscious during protests in Phnom Penh, as over a thousand protesters descended upon the National Assembly.

Student authors discuss "The Cambodian Economy"

Student authors discuss "The Cambodian Economy"

Students at Phnom Penh's Liger Learning Center have written and published a new book, "The Cambodian Economy".