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A Hmong Soldier Remembers - Doua Yang

Doua Yang was a Hmong soldier who fought in the CIA's secret war in Laos during the Viet Nam war. He tells of his experiences during the war, his escape from the communists after the war and his eventual immigration to the U.S.

Soldiers filled the boat as if corn stacked together. They saw us and just started shooting, and bullets exploded right past our heads.

A stern-looking middle-aged Asian man standing next to farm equipment.

Doua Yang, Minnesota farmer. Photo by David Zierott.

An Asian woman and Asian man, standing in a field of flowers.

Doua and Judy Yang - Hmong farmers in Minnesota. Photo by David Zierott.

Biographical Details

Primary Location During Vietnam: Long Tieng airbase, Laos Vietnam location marker

Story Subject: Military Service

Dates of Service: 1972 - 1975

Unit: SGU - Special Guerilla Units

Story Themes: 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, Close Call, Death and Loss, Hmong, Immigration, Laos, Long Cheng, Long Tieng, Mekong River, PTSD, Refugee, Saint Paul, Secret War, SGU, Special Guerrilla Unit, St Paul, Watch

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