3rd Thursday Lecture Series at the Stroud Mansion

The origins of heavily classified CIA militarization and covert Special Forces operations in Laos during the Vietnam War.

Thursday, October 19, 2017 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Monroe County Historical Association

The Monroe County Historical Association is pleased to announce a free program on the origins of heavily classified CIA militarization and covert Special Forces operations in Laos during the Vietnam War. 

United States Air Force veteran, Captain Alan Price Young, will present “The Last Prop Fighter: 130 combat missions in the A-1 Skyraider” as part of the Third Thursday Lecture Series. Young flew 130 close air support (CAS) and Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) missions in Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia from May 1970 to May 1971.

This program will be presented on Thursday, October 19, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. at the Stroud Mansion, 900 Main Street, Stroudsburg, PA 18360.

The Vietnam War. Long before GPS, night vision goggles, drones and SATCOMs. Before Iraq. Before Afghanistan. What really happened? How did today's counter-terrorism military, CIA, and special operations forces evolve? Some of these stories had only recently been declassified. Hear them from someone who was there - when the CIA funded and ran its first large-scale covert "blended" military operations in Laos - and when elite U.S. Army/indigenous MACV SOG teams were inserted into Laos along the Ho Chi Minh Trail, very hostile areas controlled by the NVA. Captain Young and his fellow pilots supported these covert military ground operations. They also led life-saving recon team extraction missions and CSAR rescues in Laos and North Vietnam – all at a time when the President of the United States asserted that we had no American presence there.  Captain Young will stay until all questions have been answered about these events, as well any questions about the Raven FACs, Air America, Prairie Fire Emergencies and the Son Tay Raid, a 1970 nighttime top-secret POW rescue attempt at a prison camp 23 miles from Hanoi. He strongly encourages you to watch the new Ken Burns PBS series, The Vietnam War, beforehand.

The Third Thursday Lecture Series is free, but reservations are required due to limited space. Light refreshments will be served after the program. The presentation will be held on the 2nd floor of the Stroud Mansion, which is not handicap-accessible. For additional information or to make a reservation, please contact the Monroe County Historical Association office at (570) 421-7703 or email at info@monroehistorical.org.


Stroud Mansion
900 Main Street
Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania 18360