MSG Khonesavanh Latsombath – Obituary

 KhongOn Tuesday, March 11 2014, the Royal Lao Airborne suffered the tragic loss of MSG Khonesavanh Latsombath – better known to all of us simply as Khon.

 MSG Khonesavanh was born in Laos on June 6, 1956. He served his country during the Secret War in Laos during the Vietnam war. Despite a grave wound to the back of the head, he survived and continued to help his fellow countrymen up until the day of his death. He served as a soldier and military medic under our own MG Khambang Sibounheuang during the Secret War. After the Communist Pathet Lao and Vietnamese took over Laos, MSG Khonesavanh moved to Rochester NY, along with his wife and sons.

MSG Khonesavanh was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America, Lao Savannakhet Association of Tennessee, Royal Lao Airborne Association, Unified Service Command, and US Joint Force Multiplier Command. He was also an Associate Member of Special Forces, and a former member of Tennessee State Guard. I think most of us will remember him best, however, for serving as the tireless military aid and personal bodyguard of Major General Khambang Sibounheuang. The two were also the closest of friends, with each having utmost respect for the abilities of the other. MSG Khonesavanh followed and served his beloved General around the world, including trips to China, Cambodia, Canada, and many other far-flung locales. MSG Khonesavanh passed away just one day after making the long trek back from South Carolina to Tennessee, following a Royal Lao Airborne drill weekend in Anderson. Despite the fact that he missed his homeland deeply, I challenge any of you to recall an RLA drill weekend during which MSG Khonesavanh failed to share a warm smile with the troops.

 MSG Khonesavanh is survived by two sons and three grand-daughters.

 The funeral will be held Sunday March 16, 2014 at 1:00 pm..
Phillips Robertson Funeral Home
2707 Gallatin Road
Nashville, Tennessee 37216

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