Book captures pioneer commando Clarence Tan Kim Peng's story

Many experiences intertwined with key events in Singapore's history

Left: LTC (Ret) Clarence Tan with his son-in-law Thomas Squire and grandchildren Emma and Luke. Above: The book, by Mr Squire, goes on sale next month.
LTC (Ret) Clarence Tan with his son-in-law Thomas Squire and grandchildren Emma and Luke.PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR

As a commando officer, Lieutenant-Colonel Clarence Tan Kim Peng once received an order from then Minister for Defence Goh Keng Swee to take over a hostile vessel that had arrived in Singapore from Vietnam.

That was in 1975 after the end of the Vietnam War, when a wave of boats carrying refugees entered Singapore waters to seek help.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 08, 2018, with the headline 'Book captures pioneer commando's story'. Subscribe