Message from Nicitha You: "Hello Friends, I got this mournful message from Kong T. this morning via FB Messenger.  Very sad news indeed.  12th Promo survival classmates could still  remember him of his unique voice.  He is a very good friend to all of us.  For sure, Heng Teang will always be missed."

Message from Kong Tao received 6/2/2018 addressing the passing of Heng Teang: “Good morning Citha. I got a bad news from Heng Teang's son telling me that Heng Teang passed away on 8/9/2017. Please update the 12th promo list. It was too bad that he never got in touch with friends. I met him at his house in Philadelphia about 20 years ago. His son Terry still remembers me and found me on Facebook.  His son told me that his dad's wish is not to have a funeral and to be cremated. The ash to be spread in the ocean. He also said his dad is a very private person.”

Message from Sihourn Um received 6/6/2018: "Hi friends, Too bad that we did not know this sad news on time. In 1986 I had the special assignment to work in New York for 6 months and I stopped by at his house and spent time with him on one weekend. He was very healthy at that time. I never forgot that he was our defend in soccer team in Newport RI..."


Message from Albert-Ang Vong: "Gau’s Family, Gau YimSan, former Knavy veteran, 9th Promotion of MNK, joined ‘Marine national Khmer’ in 1965 , 'Ecole Navale’ in 1967, Naval Postgraduate School in 1974.  He and I , we attended same  Sisowath high school in Phnom Penh, attended same navy academic/ training schools in Cambodia and in France and in USA, naval training/cruising around the world on French helicopter carrier ‘Jeanne d’Arc’ together in 1970.  He was my best classmate during High School years and roommate during our training years in United State. We had traveling together to many places during our stay in France and during the training on French naval ship at many different places.  My sincere thanks to Yimsan for his warm friendship during the youthful years.  Our hearts are going out to your family during your time of sorrow.  We are all going  to miss him.  Unfortunately, I will not be able to attend the funeral ceremony on January 6th. I have sent my contribution to address provided.  Mongkol and Family"

Message from Meng Houn Ly: "Dear all, I have no words to express how deeply sorry I am to hear about the sudden passing of bawng Yim San Gau. I'm in shock to hear this news. My sincere condolences, prayers and thoughts are with his family, relatives and closed friends during this horrible time. He’s one of our Cambodian elite that all of our FKNavy members would be proud of him.  May Lord Buddha has his soul. RIP bawng Yim San.  Houn"

Message from Mengly Chean: "Oh!  I'm shocked, stunned!  It'a a great loss.  Bg. Gau Yim San was my mentor in the Navy (on E 312); he continued to give me advises during my pursuit for Ph.D., and even during my work at Shell Oil later on.  He's still with me.....My deepest condolences to Bg. San's family.  Mengly"

Message from Albert Ang-Vong: "Yes indeed it is my great sorrow to hear the very sad news about the pass away of our Khmer navy veteran friend Gau Yim San, because I have received the last email from him today.  My deepest condolences to the Gau's family."

Message from Nicitha You: "Hi Phally, no, it is indeed a very sad news!  I am completely in shock and speechless!  Bg. Gau Yim San is the most influential and a great model to all of us, as Khmer Navy Veterans serving Cambodian Navy prior to 1975, and living abroad.  I was looking forward to seeing him, you and your family at the RU2018.  It is my greatest sorrow to loose this honorable family man and outstanding compatriot.  When you get more info about his funeral service, please forward it to me to be posted in Khmer Navy website so this sadden news can be shared with the rest of our former Khmer Navy.  My deepest sympathy to you and Bg. Yim San's family.  Nicitha You"

Message from Kim Nguon: "Oh my Lord , I was shocked to receive a very sad news about the loss of our former khmer navy friend Mr Gau Jim San.  My deepest condolences and sympathy to Mr Gau family.  May his spirit rest in peace with our Almighty God.  Kim Nguon and family"

Message from Kong Tao: "I have been shocked and saddened by the passing of Bawng Gau Yim San.  He was a great model and was involved in each of our Khmer Navy reunions.  It is a great loss.  My thoughts and prayers are with Bg. San's family during this difficult time.  Kong"

Message from Kimly Bun: "Dear All, very sad to know my great man of former Khmer Navy passed away. My family and I send our deepest condolences to Bang Gau Yimsan’s family. May he Rest In Peace.  From Kimly ‘s family."

Message from Sihourn Um: "Dear Khmer navy friends, that was a very sad news for all of us. Our prayers and thoughts are with Bang San's family with this very difficult time.  Sihourn and Sovannary Um"

Message from Thavy Nhem: "It is very sad for the loss of Bg. Yim  San.  My deepest condolences and sympathy to the Gau's family.  Nhem Thavy and family"

Message from Lim Peth: "ជាការភ្ញាក់ផ្អើល និង មិនគួរឲ្យជឿសោះពីដំណឹងមរណភាពរបស់អតីតសមាជិក កងទ័ពនាវីខ្មែរ រវៈសេនីត្រី ហ្គោ យិមសាន។ ខ្ញុំទើបនឹងទទួលប័ណ្ណពរ ណូអែលពីគាត់កាលអាទិត្យមុនសោះ... យើងមានអនុស្សាវរីយ៍ជាមួយគ្នា តាំងពីនៅ Regma រហូតមកដល់ San francisco ... ។  មិនតែប៉ុណ្ណោះ ការបាត់បង់គាត់ គឺជាការបាត់បង់ដ៏ធំមួយក្នុងគ្រួសារអតិតកងទ័ពនាវីខ្មែរ យើងបានសង្ឃឹមថានឹងបានជួបគាត់ RU2018 នេះ តែឥឡូវគាត់លាយើងទៅហើយ... គួរសោកស្តាយណាស់...សូមចូលរួមមរណៈទុក្ខដ៏ក្រៀមក្រំជាមួយគ្រួសារនៃសព ...ដោយក្រៀមក្រំ ពីលិម ប៉ែត និង គ្រួសារ ។"

Message from Karl Mom: "It is a sad news and a great loss for our Former Navy!  My deepest sympathy for family!  Karl"

Message from Sam Oum: "I cannot believe this!  This is a great loss for all of us.. Very sad indeed. My condolences to the family."


KEK KIM EANG (15th Promotion)


Dear All:
On behalf of Former Khmer Navy's 15th Promotion, I would like to share the sad news of our Former Khmer Navy 15th Promo, Mr. Kek Kim Eang, has passed away on Friday, September 22, 2017, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Our Condolences and Sympathy to his family, relatives and friends at this very difficult time.
May his soul rest in peace.

Ban Lun Lean



Dear All,

It is sad to inform you that Sun Phirin (12em Promotion) has passed away on Sunday night in hospital in San Diego California. You can send your expressions of sympathies/condolences/contribution directly to his wife:
Mrs. Yuong Sun
6108 Camino Largo
San Diego, CA 92120
Tel 619-265-2446 or yucheang03@yahoo,com.

Please find the schedule regarding  the funeral ceremony of Phirin as follow: Funeral Service has been scheduled on the 16 of September 2017 @ 1PM at 4300 Imperial Avenue, San Diego, CA 92113/Greenwood Memorial Park/

- Sim Tan



It is with our deepest sorrow that we inform you of the death of our beloved husband, father and a brother Mr. Papou Tuor on Wednesday, February 1st, 2017 and 3:51 pm at 1910 Mckenzie st. Long Beach, CA 90805. He survived by his loving wife Mrs. Sinone Tuor, his children Sino Tuor, Susanne Tuor and Tony Tuor and all his sibling.

Funeral Fund

ATTACHED is the latest funeral fund records.

Reference: Floral arrangement (funeral wreath) for a funeral of a former Khmer Navy personnel and immediate family (nationwide).

Shortly after RU2000, a lot of former Khmer Navy personnel in southern California had unanimously adopted to create a group called "Khmer Navy Personnel and Families Group of Southern California - KNF group of So. CAL", headed by one of our ex-senior officers - Mr Khuon Vandy. In an effort to strengthen our relationship, the group had decided to promote a culture to communicate and share the last moment of grief and sadness among ourselves.


Whenever there is a death of either a former Khmer Navy personnel, or spouse, or parents and parents-in-law, or children, the news will be communicated and disseminated to all former Khmer Navy personnel electronically and/or by mail. A floral arrangement (funeral wreath) bearing the logo "Former Khmer Navy" or the like would be presented at the funeral to express our deepest sympathy and condolences and to share the moment of grief and sadness with the family of the deceased. If possible, a speech will be given by a former Khmer Navy personnel representative.

This culture, initially centered in southern California, has, so far, benefited us all very well as a whole. On May 28th, 2006, this wonderful culture was adopted to spread not just through out California, but, nationwide as well. To sustain and preserve this wonderful culture among ourselves, the KNF group would like to solicit your strong support and involvement by initially sponsoring a one-time seed fund solely for this purpose (a minimum of $50.00). The group will try to find ways to replenish the fund in the future. Two treasurers - Mr. Peter Kuoch and Mr. Kirirath Mam, will be handling this fund. An updated list of sponsors/donors and a semi-annual fund activities report (expense/income) will be disseminated within the group. Please bear in mind that this culture will benefit us all as a whole and not individually. It will not survive without your strong support and involvement. Please help preserve this wonderful culture by sending your donation/contribution to:

Mr. Peter Kuoch
C/O California Donuts
3540 W. 3rd. Street
Los Angeles, CA 90020

(Please note that any personal donation, directly made to the family of the deceased during a funeral, will not be constituted as part of this funeral wreath donation.)

This culture has well served its purposes. We hope to further strengthen our bond by spreading this wonderful culture nationwide. We sincerely welcome all forms of suggestions and comments to make this culture prevail among our former Khmer Navy group. Please, do not hesitate to let them be heard.

Sincerely Yours,

Khuon Vandy
KNF Group of So. CAL.