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Item Number
OH0200
Record Number
64287
Title
Interview with Bill Lair
Interviewer
Stephen Maxner
Interview Date
11 December 2001
Collection
Bill Lair Collection
Association
Air America Association
Media Type
Oral History
Length
08:46:48 hr/min/sec
Description
(CIA) 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.
Citation
Interview with Bill Lair,  11 December 2001, Bill Lair Collection, The Vietnam Center and Archive, Texas Tech University. Accessed 24 Oct. 2014. <http://www.vietnam.ttu.edu/virtualarchive/items.php?item=OH0200>.
Pub. Credit Line
OH0200, Bill Lair Collection, The Vietnam Center and Archive, Texas Tech University
 
Added: 11 Apr 2002[Updated: 19 Jan 2011]

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