Colonel Mom Kamel


KAF_Class1-MomKamelGraduation day 1955. Cadet MOM Kamel (first row, first from the right)

Serving the Country
Serving the Khmer Air Force, fom the beginning 1954 to the end 1975
Colonel Mom Kamel passed away on April 6th, 2016. He was 88 years old.
He was Battambang Deputy Airbase Commander.


“La communauté des Vétérans de l’Air Khmers déplore la perte du Colonel, Leader et Patriote MOM Kamel. Nous présentons nos condoléances à sa famille.”


Traditional Buddhist service will be held in his memory on Sunday, April 10, 2016  from 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM. The Buddhist service will take place at 1108 NE 151st Ave, Vancouver, WA 98684.

Right after the Buddhist service held at my home on Sunday, there will be a funeral service for him  at Evergreen Memorial Gardens, 1101 NE 112th Ave, Vancouver, WA. The funeral service will begin at 3:00 PM.





Dear friends and members,
Another sad news be felled on our Cambodian Veterans community. Former KAF Col. Thach Hang, passed away yesterday Sunday Sep.13,2015, in Alabama after a long coma.
Cambodian Veterans wants to express our sincere and deepest condolences to the friends and family of the deceased.

We pray for his soul rest in peace.
With our heartfelt sympathy,
Cambodian Veterans

PS: below is the email received yesterday from Col. Um Hak.

On Sep 13, 2015, at 2:43 PM, hak um <>

With profound sadness I have to inform you Mr. President and all CV members….
Air Force Colonel THACH, HANG aka JERRY HANG
03,06,1935 – 09,13,2015
Passed away at Providence Hospital

Funeral service:
Azalea City Funeral Home
690 Zeigler Cir. W.Mobile, AL36 608. Phone: (251) 639 1272
Sat. Sep.19,2015 from 6:00P – 9:00P View casket.
Sun. Sep. 20,2015 from 9:00A – 3:00P Procedure ending up with cremation.

Thach Hang (middle)

Thach Hang (middle), 1960, in a training session in the US

Col Thach Hang was the Chief of the Technical Dpt at Pochentong AB.
May he rest in peace and join his wife.
Mrs Thach Hang passed away a month ago.

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Major Chhim Sophoin

We just received a sad news that Major Chhim Sophoin, former helicopters pilot and EON 5, passed away today, Sunday July 19th 2015 at 3:50PM at his home in Orange County, California.

It a very big loss for our Cambodian Veterans community and we want to express our deepest sympathy to friends and family of the deceased.

May his soul rest in eternal peace.
Cambodian Veterans

Below is the funeral schedule of Khmer Air Force Major Peter Chhim (aka Sophoin Chhim).
1- 07/25/2015 Saturday
7 day memorial ceremony at Wat Santa Ana.
Start from 9.30 am til Noon
2630 N. Grand Avenue, Santa Ana, Ca 92705
2- 07/26/2015 Sunday
The Funeral ceremony will be held at:
Harbor Lawn-Mount Olive Memorial Park Mortuary
1625 Gisler Avenue, Costa Mesa, Ca 92626
Start from 11.00 am til 3.00 pm
Phone# (714) 540 5554

Commandant SENG Sun

J’ai le regret de vous informer du décès du Commandant SENG Sun de la 4ème Promotion de l’Armée de l’Air Khmère, survenu pendant la nuit du 4 au 5 février 2015 à son domicile dans la banlieue de Bordeaux.

La cérémonie funéraire du Commandant Seng Sun aura lieu le jeudi 12 à 10h au crématorium de Montussan à l’est de Bordeaux.

4 route de Loubère
33450 Montussan

Le Dimanche 15 Février 2015 aura lieu une cérémonie religieuse à partir de 9h00 à la pagode de Champs Sur Marne, 101 Boulevard de la République 77420 Champs Sur Marne.

Lim Kim Khun

Nous sommes attristé par cette nouvelle perte parmi les survivants de l’AAK. Puisse-t-il retrouver ses anciens frères d’armes partis durant la guerre. Leurs départs, souvent de façon atroce, ont troublé bien des nuits du Commandant Seng Sun. Puisse-t-il reposer en paix.

We are all saddened by this new loss among survivors of the KAF. May he find his former brothers in arms ; killed during the war. Their departures, often in atrocious way, haunted many Major Seng Sun’ nights. May he rest in peace.
“Testimony” .


CHHAY Buntha is gone

Class6_ChayBuntha_mCHHAY Buntha, Class 6 of the KAF Air Academy is not anymore among us. No officials to pay tribute, no shifts to continue what was accomplished once; but we, KAFV community, won’t forget him.

Thank You to all KAF Veterans and families, and also Cambodian Veterans. How few we are, “solidarity” is not an empty word.

May he find peace. May he find his ancesters. May he find his Brothers in Arms in the Sky.

Funeral place :
Mc Kenzie Mortuary
3843 E Anaheim St.
Long Beach, 90804

Tuesday September 30th 2014
-Viewing  10:00-11:00 AM
-Funeral Services  11:00AM
-Witness Cremation  1:00PM  at Gateway Crematory
1410 South Acacia Ave,  Fullerton, CA 92831

Contributions and informations

Cambodian Veterans
3210 E Willow St
Signal Hill, CA 90755
or / Phone : 562-221-7487

Our Flight Surgeon, Col SO Satta, is gone

Dear KAFV,

I just received a very sad news; Professor So, Satta passed away today, Thursday, 27 February, 2014 at Lyon, FRANCE.
Khmer Air Force Veterans want to pay our sincere respects and thanks to Professor for all he has done for us and our country throughout his whole career and his lifetime. It is a big loss for all of us and our poor people in Cambodia.
We pray for his soul rest in eternal peace.
With our deepest sympathy,
Kalmine Ly

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La cérémonie d’incinération se déroule au funérarium du Cimetière du Grand Lyon, ce jour Mercredi 05 Mars 2014.


La cérémonie religieuse se déroule à la Pagode khmère de l’Association des Bouddhistes Bouddhisahapan, 61 rue des Sources, Saint-Genis Laval; association dont le Professeur SO Satta était ancien président cofondateur.

Les vétérans et familles de vétérans de l’Armée de l’Air Khmère (KAF) ont perdu le Médecin militaire, aviateur, scientifique rigoureux et patriote khmer, qui a lutté pour essayer de rendre son pays plus démocratique, moderne, et exempt de corruptions.


We, Khmer Air Force Veterans family and community, we do lost our last Flight Surgeon, the airman and rigorous scientist, the Khmer patriot who dreamed and fought for a democratic, modern and corruption-free Khmer country.


Colonel Norodom Vatvani

Dear Friends and Members,
Another sad news. Former KAF Col. Norodom Vatvani passed away this morning at Calmette Hospital in P.Penh, Cambodia.
Col. Vatvani was the founder and president of our Cambodian Veterans in 1975 at Camp Pendleton, California and we are so sad to hear of his passing. This is a great loss for our Association and Veterans community. He will be forever missed.
We pray for his soul rest in eternal peace.

With our deepest sympathy,
Kalmine Ly,
Cambodian Veterans Chairman

Norodom Vatvani

The religious ceremony will be held at temple Wat Than, Phnom-Penh, December, 27th, 2012.


“Vatvani in wheel chair”
He was then with the Cambodian New Government. 
Colonel Vatvani of the Khmer Air Force founded the Cambodian Veterans of the Khmer Republic Armed Forces in the United-States. A few years later, he went back to Cambodia and became Major General in the RCAF.