Lon Non

Cambodian Politician

Lon Non was a Cambodian politician and soldier who rose to his greatest prominence during the Khmer Republic (1970–1975). Non was the younger brother of Prime Minister (and later President) Lon Nol. As a result he was often referred to as "Little Brother" in political circles, in which he was regarded as a somewhat machiavellian figure who was determined to protect his brother's monopoly on power.… Read More

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1930 Birth Born in 1930.


1970 40 Years Old 1 More Event
Under the administration of Prince Norodom Sihanouk, Non served as an officer of the military police, reaching the rank of Major. Subsequent to the Cambodian coup of 1970, in which Sihanouk was ousted by Lon Nol, then serving as Prime Minister, Non was rapidly promoted. … Read More
1971 41 Years Old In 1971 Non raised his political profile by directing a moderately successful military operation, Akineth Moha Padevuth, driving Communist guerrillas from villages around National Route 3 (Akineth was a wizard and hermit in the Reamker on whom Non seems to have modelled himself).
1972 42 Years Old 1 More Event
By early 1972 Lon Non finally managed to drive Sirik Matak from the government after organising groups of students to demonstrate against him.
1973 43 Years Old …  The US suggested a variety of posts to occupy Lon Non's energies, or induce him to get out of the country: in 1973, after Non was eventually forced to leave Cambodia, his wife was caught with $170,000 in US $100 bills at Orly Airport in Paris as she was leaving to join her husband in the United States.
1974 44 Years Old Despite a period in America as the Republic's "Ambassador-At-Large", General Lon Non returned to Cambodia during 1974 and resumed his political activities: John Gunther Dean, the US ambassador, soon complained about Non's "frantic maneuvering", and appealed for US government assistance in controlling him.
…  Non was executed by members of the Khmer Rouge after the Communist seizure of Phnom Penh in April 1975. … Read More
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