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Sarendy Vong
Born (1929-10-03)October 3, 1929
Died 1975 (Aged 46)
Place of birth Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Place of death Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Allegiance République Khmère
Service/branch Marine Nationale Khmère
Years of service 1969–1975
Rank Commodore
Commands held Rear Admiral in the Cambodian Supreme Committee, 1975

Sarendy Vong (October 3, 1929 - 1975) was a Rear Admiral in the Khmer Republic. He held his most prominent position as the head of the MNK from 1970 to 1975 Khmer National Navy and as a member of the Supreme Committee which ran the Khmer republic during the Phnom Penh siege.[1]

Early and Personal Life[edit | edit source]

Sarendy Vong was born in Phnom Penh on the 3rd of October 1929. During his childhood, he resided in the village of Mong in Battambang province. At age 11, his father, the village chief died and he subsequently traveled to Phnom Penh with his older brother to finish his studies. After graduation, Sarendy commenced his military studies in France. In 1963, he married Nareine Saphon. The couple have had 3 children, Narendy (1963), Sirenda (1964) and Saphira (1966).

Military career[edit | edit source]

Education[edit | edit source]

Following graduation, Sarendy Vong received a scholarship to the naval school of Brest in France. He completed his military studies and in his return to Cambodia, was appointed Commander of Ream naval base. In March 1963, he left his post for a military fellowship in Monterey California but unfortunately departed following JFK's assassination, 2 months before schedule. His internship was cancelled when King Sihanouk ultimately sided with the People's Republic of China during the Vietnam War. In 1968, Vong spent a 2 year internship in the prestigious École Militaire in Paris. Ensuing his return to Phnom Penh, he was promoted to Capitaine de vaisseau and 2nd in commandment of the MRK.[1]

Marine Nationale Khmère[edit | edit source]

In the wake of King Sihanouk's removal from power, the Royal Khmer Navy was re-designated as the Khmer National Navy. As a result, Vong ascended to the rank of Rear Admiral and replaced former superior Pierre Coedes as the head of the Naval forces. With the United States as allies, the newly proclaimed Khmer Republic received an influx of standardized equipment and crafts. In addition, by September 1974, the MNK saw its personnel size increase tenfold, with 16, 500 men under Vong's commandment.[2] Nowadays Vong Sarendy is recognized as one of the most notable commanders of the Khmer National Navy Khmer National Navy#History

Sihanouk Coup of 1970[edit | edit source]

According to a currently declassified CIA report from August 14, 1970, a secret council named "The Revolutionary Committee" staged and planned the coup that lead to the removal of Prince Sihanouk from power and to the creation of the Khmer Republic. Sarendy Vong was listed as one of the committee's twelve members. [2] [3]

Cambodian Civil War[edit | edit source]

For background information see Cambodian Civil War

During the Khmer rouge uprising, Vong Sarendy was credited from sustaining an exemplary discipline and moral within his forces. [4] On April 12, 1975, United States operation Eagle Pull evacuated all remaining U.S citizens from besieged Phnom Penh as well as acting president Saukham Khoy. Ensuing his departure, a supreme committee, consisting of Sarendy Vong and six other high placing official, is formed to govern the republic. [5] Phnom Penh was ultimately captured on April 17, 1975 and the latter committee only stayed in office for 5 days.

Awards[edit | edit source]

Miscellaneous[edit | edit source]

• Sarendy Vong makes a short appearance in King Sihanouk's 1969 film: Shadows Over Angkor. He portrays an officer in the Khmer Royal Navy. Ironically, the film is centered around a plot to overthrow the Cambodian Government. [6]

• Sarendy is equally mentioned in John Marcinko's book: The Rogue Warrior. His work is an account of the Cambodian Civil War. [7]

See also[edit | edit source]

Cambodian Civil War
Cambodian Genocide
Khmer National Navy
Vietnam War

References[edit | edit source]

[3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9]

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