Regarding March 18th, 1970

May the Khmer New Year, the year of Hanuman, bring health, strength, faith and serenity to all KAF Veterans members, friends and families.
These past months, several veterans passed away. May they rest in peace. Time takes lives but it won’t take the memory.
Each year, the Cambodian Veterans (Army, Air Force, Navy) remember the sacrifice of all Khmer who stood up on March 18th, 1970 to face the communists and the Vietcong invaders. The Vietnamese communists established sanctuaries in Cambodia since 1965, the year they received an official  authorization from the Cambodian Chief of State to come and receive supplies.

A former professor of the University of Guam, Gaffar Peang-Meth, Ph.D, published two articles to remind the historical truth.
www.guampdn.com/”Khmer People’s 1970 Revolt”
www.guampdn.com/”Correcting wrong views. Assumptions on Sihanouk”

He sent us the corresponding Khmer translations. He, himself, did join the patriots for a while.
ការបាត់បង់អព្យាក្រិតភាពប្រទេសខ្មែរ – ១
ការបាត់បង់អព្យាក្រិតភាពប្រទេសខ្មែរ – ២

The past can not be changed. But to avoid making the same mistakes, we must learn from the past.

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Puisse la nouvelle année du Singe apporte aux vétérans de la KAF et aux familles, la Santé, la Force, la Foi et à la Sérénité.
Ces derniers mois, plusieurs vétérans nous ont quitté. Le temps emporte des vies mais il n’emportera pas le souvenir et la mémoire.
Chaque année, les Cambodian Veterans(Terre, Air, Mer), se souviennent des jeunes et moins jeunes qui s’étaient levés le 18 Mars 1970.
Ces patriotes ont sacrifié leur jeunesse et pour la plupart, la vie, face aux communistes et envahisseurs Vietcong. Ces derniers étaient déjà sur le sol khmer depuis 1965, année où ils reçurent l’autorisation officielle du Chef de l’Etat de l’époque pour venir s’établir et se ravitailler au Cambodge.

Un ancien professeur de science politique de l’Université de Guam, Gaffar Peang-Meth, a lui aussi, tenu à remémorer.
www.guampdn.com/”Khmer People’s 1970 Revolt”
www.guampdn.com/”Correcting wrong views. Assumptions on Sihanouk”

Il nous a envoyé la traduction en Khmer. Il avait lui-même pris les armes dans sa jeunesse.
ការបាត់បង់អព្យាក្រិតភាពប្រទេសខ្មែរ – ១
ការបាត់បង់អព្យាក្រិតភាពប្រទេសខ្មែរ – ២

Le passé est passé, mais accepter la vérité permettra aux khmers de ne pas refaire les mêmes erreurs.

 


 

ការបះបោររបស់ប្រជាជនខ្មែរនៅឆ្នាំ ១៩៧០

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.
“Témoignage”

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” .

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Remembrance

Remembering the brotherhood, the fallen, and those who are now gone ; remembering the ideal of a democratic Cambodian country despite the vissicitudes of the events, the Cambodian Veterans will never forget.

Remembering March 18th, 1975
Tuesday, March 18th 2014, simtan90@hotmail.com

Remembering the KAF brotherhood
Saturday Jul 26th, 2014, KAFV.2014@gmail.com
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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.

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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.

SoSatta_memoire

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.

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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.

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“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.

NVatvany-InMemoriam

Congratulations 2012

Sothavy Norodom

Miss Sothavy Serei Norodom (right). She received her Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Psychology from California State University of Long Beach in 2012.

Seda Norodom

Miss Seda Serei Norodom,
-B.A. in political Science and Spanish from University of California, Davis in 2005
-Juris Doctor from University of California, Hastings college of Law in 2009
She passed the California Bar Exam 2012!

To both, Congratulations !

Sothavy and Seda are daughters of Norodom Vatvani; former RCAF General and former Khmer Air Force Colonel.