Viet Minh and Laotian officials on November 1, 1945, reviewing a parade of troops of the Chinese Nationalist 93d Division in Vientiane. Prince Souphanouvong, commander in chief, Lao Issara forces, is in uniform in the front row, next to his young son Aryia.
French troops capture a group of Viet Minh in the southern Tonkin Delta, who had sought shelter in a village in plain clothes. Pin by Paolo Marzioli
Viet Minh forces began moving into Laos in a serious way in 1946 and had some 17,000 agents there by 1953. Souphanouvong formed a government in exile in Vietnam in 1950, married a Vietnamese woman, and met with Ho Chi Minh. His policy centerpiece was to get rid of the French and build something known as Pathet Lao, a Lao Nation. The Pathet Lao was a communist military-political movement, much like the Viet Minh in Vietnam.
War: In this 03 Aug 1965 photo, an aged woman injured by a U.-Vietnamese air strike on a Buddist monastery 40 miles southeast of Saigon is carried to a hospital by airborne private Carl Champ of Furgitsville, West Virginia