[The Jack Rice Show] August 30th: Jack Talks War and Life During the Vietnam Era with Col. Khao Insixiengmay.
This is a pretty wild conversation. When we think veteran, what do we think? Contemplate somebody who fought during the Vietnam era but fought for the Royal Lao Army with the Americans. I honestly believe that after listening to his story and his voice, you might reconsider what makes an American Veteran. Seriously.
Khao Insixiengmay is a Veteran who served honorably in the Royal Lao Army during the Vietnam War as Colonel of a Special Guerrilla Unit (SGU) and Commander of Group Mobile (GM) 33. The 3,000 men led by Insixiengmay secretly served for and were trained by the U.S. government to intercept and interject supplies in Laos and were responsive exclusively to U.S. direction and control.
Under his command, GM 33 participated in the Battle of Khong Sedone, where his unit helped destroy two North Vietnamese regiments. After the Battle of Khong Sedone, his GM was asked to carry out the heliborne operation and successfully destroyed enemy tanks in the only such event of the war. He also worked to evacuate many men to the U.S and continues to advocate for these men and getting them recognized by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Insixiengmay was a critical force in getting the Lao Veterans Memorial deciated at Fort Snelling and is now working on a Congressional resolution to recognize the military service members who served in Royal Lao Army. Insixiengmay continues his work with U.S. and Lao Veterans; without his service these soliders would be forgotten and the stories of their service lost.