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Gave Up Lives

Lee Pao Xiong (Director, Center for Hmong Studies at Concordia University) speaks with Lisa Blackstone (Director, Minnesota Remembers Vietnam: America's Secret War) about the Secret War in Laos and the sacrifice that Hmong soldiers, like his grandfather, made for American pilots. 

Learn more about Minnesota Remembers Vietnam: America's Secret War at the bottom of the page.

Many Vietnam vets are sitting at home with their family because we gave up one of our lives.


Biographical Details

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

Story Subject: Military Service

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, CIA, Death and Loss, Hmong, Laos, Lee Pao Xiong, Long Cheng, Long Tieng, Sacrifice, Saint Paul, Secret War, SGU, Special Guerilla Unit, St Paul, Video

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