Moonlight Over the World

July 20th, 1969. It was a memorable night for planet Earth. I recalled this when learning of Russia’s plan to leave the International Space Station. It seemed excessive then and it seems absurd now, but U.S. military in Thailand were entitled to R&R, the military shorthand for rest and recuperation. Soldiers in Vietnam deservedly received R&R, but my most exhausting and dangerous activity in Thailand was waterskiing. Nonetheless, one doesn’t look a gift horse in the mouth so my fellow OCS graduate Jim Liddle and I headed for Bangkok. Jim was a regular at the legendary steak and baked bean parties in Sattahip and we had become good friends. Jim was in charge of the fuel station at the Sattahip deep water port and had extensive dealings with Thai business folks.

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