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Minnesota Remembers Vietnam: America's Secret War

Collage of Hmong veterans and children.

In the shadows of the Vietnam War, the CIA conducted a secret war in Laos that relied on Hmong soldiers to prevent the threat of communism from spreading deeper into Southeast Asia. Tens of thousands died, both in the fight and in the escape. America’s Secret War explores the untold, turbulent history.

A TWIN CITIES PBS ORIGINAL | PREMIERED OCT 3 8 PM ON TPT 2 (National distribution via APT)


I find it remarkable that there was a war happening at the same time as the Vietnam War that has had such a profound impact on Minnesota and so few people know about it.  Learning about the Secret War in Laos—next door to Vietnam—and hearing from the Hmong soldiers and families about the raw truth of the lived experience has deepened my understanding of the sacrifices people make and the complexities involved in war.

Lisa Blackstone
Director, Minnesota Remembers Vietnam: America’s Secret War

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