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Published: June 20th 2011
Bridge on the River Kwai
Darryl in the middle with Bob on the right
After one year in Korat, my parents were reassigned to Bangkok where my Mom managed the mission guest home off of Silom Road, and my Dad was mission business manager, teacher at the Bangkok Bible College, and pastor of the Evangelical Church. The church initially occupied the guest home garage, but soon my Dad moved it to a rented conference room at the Hilton Hotel. It eventually ended up in a new church building on Soi 10 Sukhumvit Rd.
This location attracted many expatriates, including my dearest friends Darryl and Marilyn. He was a civil engineer with the Officer in Charge of Construction/Thailand, the U.S. construction contracting agency for Southeast Asia (they built all the American bases for the Vietnam War). They were in their mid 20’s, so not much older than me. Darryl became my inspiration and mentor for becoming a civil engineer. In my senior year he found me a job with Philco/Ford to survey the top of Doi Inthanon, the highest mountain in Thailand, and after I graduated at the OICC/Thailand soils lab. After college I would return to build the road to the top of the mountain and the radar station.
We also vacationed together.
At the River Kwai
Marilyn, Darryl and Bob
The summer vacation of 1966 found us at the beach at Hua Hin. However, I came down with dengue fever, and was in bed for most of the time.
During the winter vacation of 1966, I came down with an inner ear infection from the swimming pool, and ended up flat on my back for two weeks from the vertigo. I almost missed the Asian games. That was even worse than the dengue fever.
In the summer of 1967 we visited the Bridge over the River Kwai.
Meanwhile my Dad had bought land and oversaw the construction of a new guest home on the north end of town.
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