Joined Nov 26 2009
Did a tour in BKK at the then SEATO Medical Research Lab (73-76) as an Army
While not part of USARSUPTHAI, used the 5th Field Hosp on Sukhumvit.
I spend time at both Samae San and Utapao in 1975 doing a research project
involving the health problems of assigned personnel.
Fondly remember the USO club; bungalows; the miniature golf course;
Sattahip's Swan hotel and Freedom Land.
Retired in 2002 after a 31-yr Army career and stayed on in Pattaya.
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1:47 PM on November 27, 2009
Friends for life with Cecil Pugh (E7) who was stationed at SMRL seems like forever....also knew a dr howard noyes at the same time.
Reply Guy Andrews - San Angelo, Texas
1:07 PM on November 27, 2009
You are right. I have been looking at Pattaya via Google Earth, and recognize very little. When I was there we lived at the very south end of the beach in a compound known as Patpong (the guy the R&R strip in Bangkok was named after owned the place and lived there). Around the point was the King's Summer Palace, which I think must not exist anymore and has been replaced by hotels. It is hard to tell if Patpong exists anymore. It had two high rise apartment buildings around a pool, and then several bungalows. Patpong also built a restaurant to give his retired chefs from Bangkok something to do, that was near the pool. Our bungalow was right adjacent to the side of the hill.
Have wondered if Wantanachai still sells groceries in Pattaya. He ran sort of a black market operation and delivered food and drinks.
Pattaya was a well know resort when I was there, but had just a few high rise hotels. At the south end was pretty much a sleepy village with a few restaurants.
We made friends with some Thais who had the cotton monopoly in Thailand, but I have since forgotten their names. One of the kids went to Texas Tech.
I would love to return to Pattaya someday,
Thank you. Guy Andrews
It seems silly to have to point out that the logo that appears in the upper left corner of most pages has the letters SPU rather than SUP.