Brad Dunn - Moving to Sisophon
I was in Phnom Penh for the first two weeks. The mission had been set up by the advanced UNIMIC had set it up. When they arrived, the regiment had arrived, the headquarters had all changed, the whole mission had changed, in fact. My troop had flown in through Thailand and we're in a Thai refugee camp. We were going to support the Marine Dutch battalion.
The Dutch were going to be overseeing the Khmer Rouge based in Pailin. Well, the Khmer Rouge was pushing back against everything and refused to have any UN troops inside their AO. We had a detachment in Pailin, but the only way to get in was to fly in and out. Couldn't drive the road, they might ambush it. It could only fly in an out and the UNMO Det, the United Nation Monitoring Officer Det was only flown in.
The Marines had to position themselves around the edge of the whole district, which they did. We had to switch to a town called Sisophon, in the Northwest. We ended up moving our stuff there. I was two weeks in Phnom Penh, drove into Thailand, about three weeks there, then we came back in the country and set up in Sisophon. That's where I stayed then for the rest of the year.