Saukam Khoy

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Peter Khoy Saukam
General Saukham Khoy.jpg
Saukam in 1975.
President of the Khmer Republic
In office
April 1, 1975 – April 12, 1975
Preceded by Lon Nol
Succeeded by Sak Sutsakhan
President of the Senate of the Khmer Republic
In office
March 11, 1972 – April 1, 1975
Preceded by New office
Succeeded by Chea Sim
Personal details
Born (1915-02-02)February 2, 1915
French Indochina
(now Cambodia)
Died November 14, 2008(2008-11-14) (aged 93)
Stockton, California, U.S.
Political party Social Republican Party
Spouse(s) Vom Tep Saukam
Military service
Allegiance Khmer Republic Cambodia
Service/branch Royal Cambodian Armed Forces
Years of service 1940–1975
Rank Lieutenant general

Peter Khoy Saukam (Khmer: សូកាំ ខូយ; February 2, 1915 – November 14, 2008) was Acting President of the Khmer Republic in Cambodia for 12 days in April 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]


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]


  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