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Death at Ban Vinai Refugee Camp

Former Special Guerilla Unit Captain Ganghis Khang talks about the poor living conditions at Ban Vinai, the largest of the Thai refugee camps. "Everyone was faced with death and loss,” Mr. Khang explains, "there was not one day where we didn't carry the dead to be buried."

This excerpt is from Twin Cities PBS's documentary Minnesota Remembers Vietnam: America's Secret War.
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There was not one day where we didn't carry the dead to be buried.

Biographical Details

Primary Location During Vietnam: Long Tieng Vietnam location marker

Story Subject: Military Service

Military Branch: U.S. Allied Forces

Unit: Special Guerrilla Unit

About Minnesota Remembers Vietnam: America's Secret War

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.

Minnesota Remembers Vietnam: America's Secret War explores the untold, turbulent history. 


Story Themes: America's Secret War, Ban Vinai, Ban Vinai Refugee Camp, Death and Loss, Escape, Ganghis Khang, Hmong, Laos, Long Cheng, Long Tieng, Refugee, Saint Paul, Secret War, SGU, Special Guerilla Unit, St Paul, Video

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