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Muang Soui/Nong Tang

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During the Secret War, the nondescript village of Muang Soui was intensely fought over by the communist Pathet Lao and the People’s Army of Vietnam against the neutralists, the Royal Lao Army and the US CIA-backed operation that included Hmong fighters. The airfield was known as Lima Site 108 (LS108), the location of the runway still obvious today.

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Located at the edge of the area known to the military as the Plaine des Jarres, the high plateau airfield was strategically important to the Lao government. As recounted in the book Tragic Mountains by Jane Hamilton-Merritt, Hmong commander General Vang Pao grew zealous in trying to retake it, even if it meant sacrificing the life of legendary ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 300 words.)


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