Arlington refuses burial of U.S. ally from Vietnam War
Members of the Hmong community attend the funeral of Hmong war hero and community leader General Vang Pao on Friday.
February 4th, 2011
10:53 PM ET

Arlington refuses burial of U.S. ally from Vietnam War

The family of a man who fought alongside U.S. troops in Vietnam have been told their relative will not be allowed to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

Major General Vang Pao led thousands of Hmong soldiers as they fought alongside the United States against the North Vietnamese Army during the war in Southeast Asia, according to a news release from Congressman Jim Costa of

Costa, on behalf of Pao's family, asked the Army to grant an exception to Arlington's rules to allow Pao to be buried in the nation's most hallowed burial ground.

Pao died recently of complications from pneumonia, according to Costa.

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  1. ger

    i would like to post a remark. My cousin meet with Henry Kissinger sometime in the early 1960's in Phonesavahn. He is still alive and living in St. Paul right now. Henry Kissinger was looking for him because he was directly under the General. The US government were trying to recruit the Hmong to help with the Ho Chi Minh Trail. He meet up with Henry Kissinger again sometime in the early 1980's up in St. Paul and guess what Henry Kissinger remembered him. Like Nik said, as children we heard all sorts of horror stories about how we got here. Most of the stories were told orally because very few Hmong can read and write. No one wants to be a refugee of war, no one wants to be without a country. It is like reliving the day when the Americans withdrawal out of Laos. Can you imagine how my people felt at that time? We all know what happened to the ones that didn't make it out of Laos. Perhaps someone should open the files and make it public. That way no one can't said that we don't deserved to be here.

    February 10, 2011 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
  2. violet espitallier

    Let him be honored n burried there

    February 10, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Xiong

    Here's a case where if you go by the books, Obama made the right decision. In fact, he's been going by the books since getting into office. That's why the country is screwed up now. When you're a leader, sometimes you need to amend the books and use your better judgment from your own experience. Unfortunately, Obama's got no experience.
    You can't solve world problems or national issues by reviewing your course books from college.

    February 12, 2011 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  4. Xiong

    I wouldn't want him buried at Arlington. I would prefer that GVP be honored by the federal government. At least a statement from the President of the US honoring GVP and saying they're sorry for arresting him.

    February 12, 2011 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  5. Secret

    Perhaps the reason they denied him was because the war was a secret. If the US government allowed him to be buried there, they would have to admit what they did during the Vietnam war. Don't get me wrong because I strongly believe that he should have been buried at the Arlington Cemetery, but the US is too ignorant to make such a bold move.

    March 1, 2011 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
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