Into Sakon Nakhon,Thailand and a Search For the Past in Isaan, Norteast Thailand

Searching In 2013 in Northeast Thailand, for places where events took place in the 1960s, and the 1940s it is easy to become aware of the many changes that have taken place. Certainly in some cases progress, but in most just movement. And in some cases it is easy to see the advances in standard of living and the losses in quality of life. People in Isaan, even the educated have little interest in the past, unless it is their area of study. No one remembers who laid the first paved roads and their culverts and bridges, but the veterans of the 809th ECB and other units do. No one remembers the Seri Thai locations and the Japanese who the Thai Government welcomed, not really. Camps and memorials are made and some old photos exist, more as oddities than for there use in identifying places or for understanding history. I think I have a lead on Camp Mitrapap , past Kusuman and will be checking that out soon.

The map on the top left is from a 1:50,000 map of the area around Sakon Nakhon city. I hope it is of use to the folks that were here back then in helping me find sites they are looking for. Especially the soldiers that were here back then building the roadways that the Thai people so enjoy today. To the Special Forces Guys like Joe we will keep finding photographing and videoing those sites DZs, landing strips and camps you guys used.
And here is another dashcam installment of Road 22 from the East into Sakon Nakhon.

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