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Tales of Ramasun (US Spies in Thailand During the Vietnam War Book 1) by [Burton, M.H.]
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Set in Thailand during the Vietnam War, Tales of Ramasun chronicles the lives of 'lingies' and 'dittyboppers' assigned to a signals intelligence listening post called Ramasun Station.  M. H. Burton does a wonderful job of recreating the sights, sounds, and feel of the period, including the perennial conflict between the junior enlisted and those few officers assigned to the remote outpost.  The adventures of the intrepid soldiers as they try to find humor in trying circumstances will leave you smiling.  Those who have an interest in military intelligence and soldier stories from the Vietnam era will enjoy this book.

Reviewed by Ed Cox (2012) MWSA Military Writers Society of America

About the Author

M H Burton was born in 1945. Served in the US Army Security Agency from 1967 to 1971. After training at the US State Department's Foreign Service Institute as a Laotian translator/interpreter he was assigned to the 7th Radio Research Field Station based on Ramasun Station near the small rural village of Non Sung in northeastern Thailand. He was based there for two and one half years though he was on temporary duty in nearby Laos for some of that time. Returning to the United States he completed an unfinished Batchelors Degree and a Masters in Public Administration. After that he spent the next thirty plus years as a Computer Systems Analyst and Programmer for several employers, as a freelance contractor, and as the head of his own software development company. Retiring from the world of computers in 2001 he turned to writing, travel and gardening. He lives on a lake in Minnesota with his Thai wife of 40 years. They spend their winters on her farm in Thailand some 50 miles from where the now-disappeared Ramasun Station of his 'Tales' once stood.

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  • File Size: 563 KB
  • Print Length: 128 pages
  • Publisher: BurtonBooks (October 15, 2012)
  • Publication Date: October 15, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007EEIFP2
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I enjoyed every page of this book. I was there in Thailand at the times the author tells about and could relate very well. Some of the characters in his history sounded mighty familiar to me, to say the least. It's been many years since I was stationed at Ramasun Station and ran HUMINT activities into Laos while my "day job" was a part of the S-2 section charged with security of the place. Specialist Seven "Decker" was well known, to say the least, and about that I can say no more. For those interested in the history of US intelligence operations in the little part of Thailand where Ramasun was located, this book must be on your reading list.
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Fun story. I always wondered what the 7th RRFS was like. I was with the 330th Radio Research Co. in Vietnam as a techie, fixing stuff in Nha Trang, Ban Me Thout, and Dong Ba Thin mostly. I have vague recollections that the DF site at Dong Ba Thin was part of a triangulation system that included the 7th. Any of you other old spooks remember if that's right?

One thing that made me scratch my head was the mention of "Two River Ranch" in the California desert as a place one of the characters got banished to. Never heard of that one. Could be the author is mis-remembering Two Rock Ranch up near Petaluma in northern Cal. I was never at a stateside duty station but I thought it was a coveted assignment.
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Having been stationed at Ramasun, I enjoyed the descriptions of attitudes and people in this book. I assume that the author used fictitious names for the characters in the stories, because I definitely remember some of them, but with different names. For liability purposes, I suppose it would be necessary to use alternate names, as some of the actions described would not reflect well on the actual people involved. I wonder if "Lt. Gillis" has read this and recognizes himself. My only complaint is that the copy I received had no page numbers, so the Table of Contents was only of limited help. I recommend a good bookmarker. Anyway, I would recommend this book to others, and have already done so.

Shipping was timely and the book arrived without damage.
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I was stationed at Ramasun during same time period as author---1969-70.
Lousy officers and sergeants are a cliché. All postings I had, had
these---EXCEPT for DLIWC, Monterey, California.

There was an incident regarding a Black, Staff Sergeant (newly promoted)who stomped
on a 5 Baht piece in a Udorn cantina which caused something of a riot and international
incident. Unfortunately, this Sgt. was still in the Udorn Monkey House when I left in
March, 1970. Last time I saw this guy was when a bud and I took a 'Care Package' to
him. This Infantry Sgt. had had two tours in Vietnam before his Thai posting and the last
thing he said as we were leaving: "I didn't know! I didn't know!" while he was crying.
5 years in the 'Monkey House' unless Higher-ups could get him out.

Anyway, the final portion of the book was what I was looking for. A love story,
an adventure story, a story that gave some insight into a phenomenal culture.
'An Onion of a Culture' AND into some of our missions in SE Asia.
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Most of what takes place at Ramasun (Thailand) took place about a year and a half before I arrived. It brought back a lot of good memories. I spent 21 months there from '72 through '74 as a 98C Traffic Analyst, which was a couple of years before they disbanded the Army Security Agency (ASA) and rolled it into I believe Army Intelligence. I know he was telling his life story there but, a little more stories of the place and the surrounding area especially up in Udorn would have been good. More pages would have allowed that. If I could write, I could tell some great stories. In fact just met a buddy from back then that I haven't seen in 40 years. As most people who were there will tell you it was probably some of the best times of their lives especially if you were there more then a year. The 7th RRFS at Ramasun is the equivalent of Mash in Korea. Although we were in the Army we really reported to that acroymn that has become negative as of late, the NSA. It was a tuff war, we had some great times, as we were not on the front lines, but we had an important and difficult job and we did a great job of providing a high level of intelligence for a war that ended up wasting the lives of a lot of people. I am looking forward to starting the 2nd book in the near future.
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Starts strong w/some interesting anecdotes about Ramasun Station. Ends up as a soap opera.

Like many GI's, the main character marries a local girl, and a large page count is devoted to the fairly mundane stuff of figuring out what happens after separation from the military and growing a family. Important on a personal level but perhaps not such a great story. I ended up skimming perhaps the last 3rd of the book.

If you are familiar w/the work at Ramasun, the technical content of this book is light w/little detail of the actual job and very little mention of other facilities in the neighborhood.

I read the kindle edition which is readable but poorly formatted in places.
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