About two years ago I delved back into the past with a few retired American soldiers who were based in Ubon during the Vietnam war. There was a lot of reminiscing, some great photos and even some old video that I posted. It is now one of the most popular part of the blog that people look at after typing into google the words Ubon Air Force Base and the Vietnam War.
Here are a few of those posts from back in 2011.
Life in Ubon Ratchathani as a soldier during the Vietnam War Part I
Life in Ubon Ratchathani as a soldier during the Vietnam War Part II
Old Ubon Ratchathani video and photos
Ubon then and now.
View from the Ubon Hotel in 1968
A full list of all the posts can be found here.
Having an American airforce base in Ubon Ratchathani during the 1960’s, you can imagine that there were more then a few war romances that must have blossomed during that time. The result being a lot of pregnancies that were perhaps not expected or from the Fathers point of view never known. Meaghan is one of those pregnancies and I am hoping that at least one of my readers out there might be able to help her.
Meaghan recently wrote to me and I have copied her letter below in full.
Hi my name is Meaghan, my real Thai name is Ura.
I am adopted from Thailand Ubon Ratchathani, in 1976 by an Australian family in Melbourne.
I was born in the year of 1975, which now makes me 39 yrs old.
I’m half Thai/Afro-American.
A friend of mine showed me your blog and a Thai lady I met had mentioned there is an army base in Ubon from the war in Vietnam.
Hence reason why I’m writing this!
My Australian family, have mentioned that my natural father would have been a soldier, In Vietnam and that a lot of them lived in The neighbouring countries after the war finished.
A lady called Prejuab, helped my aust family to adopt me, but on my birth certificate, there is not my Thai mothers maiden name or any name of my father, making it impossible to find her and I’m sure my father has no idea, I exist.
Yes I’m happy and god willing, been blessed.
Although I now have 3 children aged 17, 15 and 5 and I feel that I owe it to them to try harder to find my real parents.
I am aware that there were a lot of mixed raced babies left in Thailand /Vietnam after the Vietnam war and know that some people may have no idea, about children they may have had, therefore I understand that I need to tread cautiously and to not have any expectations.
If any one knows how I can start looking into this please email me or let me know.
You can leave a message here on my blog which would help other people searching for similar information later on but if you do not want to make it public then please contact her direct on firstname.lastname@example.org