Saukam Khoy

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Peter Khoy Saukam
General Saukham Khoy.jpg
President of the Khmer Republic
Acting
In office
April 1, 1975 – April 12, 1975
Preceded by Lon Nol
Succeeded by Sak Sutsakhan
as Chairman of the Supreme Committee
1st President of the Khmer Republic Senate
In office
1972–1975
Prime Minister Sisowath Sirik Matak
Son Ngoc Thanh
Hang Thun Hak
In Tam
Long Boret
Preceded by Office established
Succeeded by Chea Sim
Personal details
Born (1915-02-02)February 2, 1915
Died November 14, 2008(2008-11-14) (aged 93)
Stockton, California, U.S.
Political party Social Republican Party
Spouse(s) Vom Tep Saukam
Children 6
Military service
Allegiance  Cambodia
 Khmer Republic
Service/branch Royal Cambodian Army
Khmer National Army
Years of service 1940–1975
Rank Lieutenant general

Saukam Khoy (Khmer: សូកាំ ខូយ; February 2, 1915 – November 14, 2008), later known as Peter Khoy Saukam, was Acting President of the Khmer Republic for 12 days in April 1975. He was President of the Senate from 1972 to 1975.

Early life[edit]

Born on 2 February 1915, Saukam Khoy enlisted into the Royal Khmer Army in 1940, when he was 25. He achieved the rank of lieutenant-colonel in 1953 and subsequently, lieutenant-general. He became President of the Senate of the Khmer Republic in 1972[1]

Presidency[edit]

He took office on April 1, 1975, when a tearful Lon Nol left 'temporarily' with his entire family for Bali in Indonesia after an invitation from his friend, Indonesian President Suharto.[2]

Khoy's time in office was short. He left Phnom Penh together with American Ambassador John Gunther Dean aboard a CH-53 helicopter during the evacuation of American embassy staff and civilians, dubbed Operation Eagle Pull on April the 12th, five days before Phnom Penh fell to the Khmer Rouge.[3]

Khoy died at the age of 93 in Stockton, California, United States on November 14, 2008.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Time runs short for Phnom Penh, Monday April 7, 1975 Time Magazine
  2. ^ Waiting for the Fall, Monday April 14, 1975 Time Magazine
  3. ^ American Pullout from a City Under Siege, 21st April, 1975, Time Magazine
  4. ^ Fallen Leader Mourned, November 21, 2008 The Record