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Request for Assistance regarding Adopted Lao Children
My name is Bryan Worra and I'm a Lao American writer based in Minnesota. I was adopted from Laos in 1973 by a pilot flying for Royal Air Lao in Vientiane.
I grew up with many stories about the pilots of Air America and the others in Laos, and I have always appreciated your service, even as it has been all too tragically unsung and unrecognized over the years. I am hoping you and the other members of Air America could help me on a personal project of mine to find the other Lao who were adopted during the war by Americans.
Over recent years, I've found 6 others, but I know there may be more. After 38+ years, it's uncertain what exactly we might all have in common. But at the moment, there aren't that many of us in the world, and I and the other Lao adoptees I've found think it's important for us to find each other and talk to each other about that journey.
I am hoping that if you or any of those who served in Laos know a Lao American adoptee, or their parents, to please have them drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. I'd love to hear their stories. In the meantime, please accept my very best wishes to all of you. May your days be filled with health, joy and prosperity in the many years ahead.
ASSOCIATION MEMBERS WELCOME LUANN GROSSCUP AS NEW LOG EDITOR
Judy Porter has served the Air America Association as General Secretary, Reunion Coordinator, and Log editor for -- well, lets say a very long time. Her dedication and professional services are well known and appreciated by all. Due to a recent illness, she must now focus on recovery.
After a lengthy process the officers have given up, for the time being, the effort to identify a second generation member who would have the time, expertise, and passion to publish the quarterly newsletter. Passion and expertise were common, however, free time is a rarer commodity for these younger association members since they are still fully engaged in their working careers.
When Luann inquired about the qualifications for the Editors job, the Board agreed that she would be the ideal candidate. After a bit of a shuffle in determining her membership eligibility, the Board elected her an honorary member to seal her qualifications.
Luann has attended many of our past reunions and is well known to most of our membership. She is a professional writer who is certainly qualified to publish our quarterly newsletter.
In 2007 she published an excellent article about CAT/Air America in the Chicago Tribune, and recently a four part services for the USO publication 'On Patrol' . Luann has done other research and is thus well acquainted with the history of CAT and Air America.
Our President, the board of directors would like to encourage you to welcome Luann, and assist her work on the Log by providing information which would be of interest to our members.
Judy will continue to contribute her expertise and will coordinate a smooth turnover.
Let us keep connected my friends, - our times are fast fading, and the record we hope to present to our family, friends, and historians is in our own hands.
Mike Kandt, General Secretary, Air America Association
audio and video research for a History Channel production and am curious
if any of your members have cockpit audio or other audio and film from
their time in Vietnam. The film we're producing is "Vietnam in HD" ...
some vets might be familiar with our work on World War II, as we also
produced WWII in HD for HBO.
The film, Flying Men, Flying Machines, is now available online in its entirety in streaming formats. Click on the link above to watch this film about the men and women who served with Air America in Southeast Asia.
You can now view CAT/Air America Oral History Interviews online on the following web page: CAT/Air America Oral History Project. In addition to information about online transcripts and ongoing interviews, you can also find out how you can participate in this project. CAT/Air America employees and their family members are all welcome to participate in this project. In addition to being online as part of the Virtual Archive at TTU, copies of interviews will also be made available at UTD. We hope you will participate in this project to preserve and make available the individual and collective history of Civil Air Transport and Air America through the voices of those who were there. Thank you.
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