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THE ARCHIVE OF AMBASSADOR KENNETH M. QUINN
FROM THE MISSISSIPPI TO THE MEKONG
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Farewell Ceremony in Phnom Penh

In July 1999, as he prepared to depart his post as Ambassador to Cambodia, Ambassador Quinn held a special ceremony for the Embassy American and Cambodian Staff at his Diplomatic Residence in Phnom Penh. With his wife, Le Son, joining him the ceremony included a number of unique features, including: 

  • The singing of the "Iowa Corn Song" by Cambodian staff members as his Ambassadorial Flag was lowered and formally presented to him;
  • The presentation of the first Isabella Stewort Gardner internship to a Cambodian student from the Don Bosco High School;
  • The presentation of an award to his driver Neth Sary, who on numerous occasions had driven the Ambassador into dangerous situations in order to protect and assist Americans at risk from violence and military conflict;
  • The Ambassador signing over his authority to his Deputy Chief of Mission Carol Rodley, making her the first woman in history to hold administrative authority of the U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh

 

  • Farewell Ceremony in Phnom Penh

 

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