This book is a story of U. S. Army Engineers in Thailand (1962 - 1971) the amazing construction projects completed by members of the United States Army's 44th Engineer Battalion and the units assigned to Thailand during the Vietnam War. More
This book is a story of U. S. Army Engineers in Thailand (1962 - 1971) - At the request of the Royal Thai Government in 1962 the United States Army sent a Construction Engineer Battalion to build a road to divert traffic around the capitol city of Bangkok. When hostilities inside the Kingdom of Laos threatened to spill over into Thailand the Royal Thai Government asked the United States for help and Joint Task Force 116 was activated in Thailand in 1962 until the tension subsided and the task force was inactivated. By this time the 44th Engineer Group (Construction) was responsible for overseeing U. S. military construction projects throughout Thailand, as the Bangkok By-Pass Road and the Extension Project became a series of major highway construction projects from 1962 until 1971 that connected the deep water port of Sattahip to the northern cities of Nakhon Ratchasima, Udon Thani, Nakhon Phanom, & Ubon Ratchathani thereby enabling Thai's to travel throughout the country for the first time and spurring economical development within the Kingdom of Thailand (Siam) during the Vietnam War.
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