James ‘Bo’ Gritz Reportedly Deported Again By Thailand
BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) _ Vietnam War veteran James ″Bo″ Gritz, who has made forays into Laos to search for missing U.S. servicemen, was deported from Thailand today, a source said.
Gritz, a native of Los Angeles, previously was deported by Thailand in mid- November.
The unofficial source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Thai police arrested Gritz at a friend’s home in Bangkok early this morning and put him on a plane to Hong Kong.
Senior immigration authorities said they could not confirm the report, but the name Richard Patrick Clark, an alias Gritz has used, was on the passenger list of a flight to Hong Kong.
According to immigration officials, Gritz tried to enter Thailand on a false U.S. passport on Nov. 15 but was deported that day to Singapore.
The unofficial source said Gritz made his way back to Thailand through Malaysia, and made another trip into Laos. Details of the trip were not available.
Gritz, who believes Laos is holding prisoners from the Vietnam War years, has vowed to continue his missions into the Communist nation. Thailand declared him persona non grata after an abortive mission in March 1983.
It was not known how many trips Gritz may have made into Laos. His most- publicized venture was in November 1982, when he, three other Americans and some anti-Communist Laotian insurgents crossed the Mekong River boundary and tried to reach the Laotian-Vietnamese border. They were ambushed and fled back to Thailand.