Wednesday, April 22, 2009

This Story started by Denis Holroyd
11 Independent Field Squadron Royal Engineers

I'm searching for guys who took part in a trip to Laos that occurred, according to my little red book Sept 66 for a period of 18 days (were you one of the crew). I know we were flown in by chopper from Singapore/Changi to Vientiane/Laos, I think there were six of us ?.
The whole thing was a hearts and minds operation, created by extensive flooding , setting up and supplying drinking water for the local population , Scandinavian TV guy, American embassy party plus pool, British embassy staff.
Meeting with President before we left, If you were there you'll know what i mean. As you can see I need info to get some facts correct, and names of guys who were in the party. Any idea's???? Take care,





Denis Holroyd.
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From Colwyn Taff Morris
What i remember about it the Guard waking me up on a Sunday morning O.C wants you down the office now your going to Vietnam. Tell the O.C i am not in , the guard came again and told me we were going to Vientian Laos, I Reported to
O.C who asked how soon we could have the water purification kit ready to move .There was a delay as they could not make a decision to carry weapons or not eventually decision was given for us not to carry weapons.We then went to Shangi flew up to Thailand Were a helicopter flew us across the Mekong to Laos were we set up by a monestry and had 9x9 set up. We slept if my memory serves upstairs in a vets store.
Regards Taff Morris

Taff Morris
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Ian Sumpter
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From John Spriggs
MAY66-AUG67 saw many different locations including LAOS.the team that eventually did get to travel LAOS was drawn from all the different troops each having thier own skills.
Scouse Sumpter & myself for the water supply
Taff Morriss engine maintenance
Jimmy Dow electricianl
Brian Mellet was snco
( brian was my SSM when i was an instructor @DOVER 71-73)
we did some good work in LAOS
and were rewarded with a lot off parties
after the task was completed,from all the different embassy,s

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Members So Far
Dennis Holroyd
Colwyn Taff Morris
Ian Sumpter
John Spriggs
Brian Mellett SNCO Deceased
Jimmy Dow electrician
Rob Deeming
Michael Cheesley ACC new
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Photos From Colwyn Morris