"Mia Pen Rai Cop"

James Albert Jensen

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Sacramento, California
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Reply James Albert Jensen
10:53 PM on April 29, 2017 
I have a lot of reminiscences from 1954-55. I was stationed at the Royal Thai Army Infantry School at Fort Narai, Lopburi.
My CO was Lt. Col. Charles Elting Coates, Jr., West Point class of '39. Others I served with were Major Sieben (don't remember first name) Staff Sergeant Vincent Senatore, Master Sergeant Alligood, Corporal Bridges. Also Major Volluntine. Other names may come to mind as time goes on. We were billeted in a large white house directly across from the base and it was known as Took Erawan. It had been built shortly before WW2 and had been lived in by the Japanese occupation forces before the surrender. British troops lived there for a time and we from the U.S. moved in at the time the mutual defense treaty was signed (1950?). I have a few snaps from that time of some of the personnel and some of the staff of the house. We had a Chinese Cook who had an assistant who was 1/2 Thai and 1/2 east Indian, We had a rotating staff of 5 Thai soldiers who served as houseboys, There was also a cleaning woman and her father a gardener.

Our work site was in a building in Fort Narai which we shared with Thai Army Staff. We had two liaison officers assigned during this period. One was named Capt. Chana Holaputra and the other who was the first one was a Lieut. who had served with the U.S. Forces in the Korean Conflict and had won the U.S. Bronze Star. Based on that honor he was sent to Sandhurst, the British Military Academy. He had an excellent command of English and a very likable personality. For the life of me I can't remember his name and I've been obsessing about this for 70 years. I'd like to hear from anyone, but especially those who were there during my years, if any of them survive.