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Document Details


Title: Bill Lair
Local code: OH0200
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: Texas Tech University. Vietnam Archive
Collection: Civil Air Transport/Air America Oral History Interviews
Series: Item 2 of Series Bill Lair
Description: Bill Lair served with the Central Intelligence Agency in Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam from 1951 to 1980. He established the Paru (The Thai Paramilitary Police Unit) and Paru Jungle Training Facility. The Paru later served as a model for the War in Laos and Paru members served as the primary trainers for the Hmong and other Laotian forces. The interview covers Bill Lair's early life growing up in Texas as well as his experiences as a mortar platoon member in the 3rd Armored Division during WWII. Most of the interview covers events and activities in Southeast Asia.
Extent: 74 pages
URL: http://www.vietnam.ttu.edu/star/images/OH/OH0200/OH0200-part2.pdf
Original Language: English
Audio: [Audio available]
Time span: Not indicated ... to 2001 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Lair, Bill
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker place of birth: Oklahoma; United States; North America
Speaker occupation: Military personnel
Document date: 12-Dec-2001
Interviewer: Maxner, Stephen
Organizations discussed: CAT/Air America, TX, US
Historical events discussed: Battle of the Bulge, December 16, 1944-January 16, 1945; Vietnam Conflict, 1955-1975; World War II, 1939-1945
Locations discussed: Ardennes; Asia; Europe; North America; United States; Vietnam
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Aeronautics; Air pilots, Military; Ardennes; Asia; Battle of the Bulge, December 16, 1944-January 16, 1945; CAT/Air America, TX, US; Europe; Helicopters; North America; Oral history; United States; United States--Armed Forces--Civilian employees; Vietnam; Vietnam Conflict, 1955-1975; World War II, 1939-1945; World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--Belgium; World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, American
Topics discussed - Other terms: Airdrop; Support mission
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0024679-26368