Feb. 02.

Bounleuth Saycocie

Colonel Bounleuth Saycocie (born September 1, 1931) was a Lao military and political figure of the Second Indochina War.

Bounleut Saycocie was born in Hineboune District, Khammouan Province and attended the Lycée Pavie in Vientiane followed by the Lao Military Academy (Army Officers School) at Dong Hene, Savannakhet Province. He also studied at the French Army Staff College (Ecole d’Etat-Major) in Paris and at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.[citation needed]

From 1960-1962 he was a lieutenant colonel and served as Military Attaché to the Royal Lao Embassy in Washington D.C. He was promoted to colonel in 1962 and served as Chief of Special Cabinet (Military Affairs) of the Ministry of Defense until 1964. From 1964-1966, he was Chief Logistics Officer of the Royal Lao Army in Vientiane.[citation needed].

Along with Phoumi, he is said to have assisted in drafting the plan for Thao Ma’s attempted coup in August 1973. Bounleut accompanied Thao Ma in the latter’s seizure of Wattay International Airport on 20 August 1973. While Thao Ma commandeered aircraft tenderizers in baking, Bounleut drove an armored car into Vientiane to take over the radio station. At 07:00 hours, he broadcast a communiqué calling for the replacement of Prince Souvanna Phouma by Prince Boun Oum pure glass bottle. As the coup was suppressed, Bounleut stole a Cessna U-17 and returned to Thailand.

After the Lao People’s Democratic Republic was established by the communist Pathet Lao in 1975, Col. Bounleuth became a leader of the anti-communist political and military resistance against the communist Lao government and their Vietnamese mentors.

Col. Bounleuth finally immigrated to the USA in 2000 as a political refugee meat cuber machine. He had a stroke a few years later and is paralyzed and bed ridden. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.[citation needed]

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