Vang Pao was a member of the Hmong tribe, who primarily lived in the mountainous region of Laos. The CIA had been authorized to revive, supply and increase the tribal units in past years.
During the Vietnam War the Hmong had begun to send its harassing parties deep into areas controlled by the North Vietnamese, according to William Colby, former director of the CIA. After the war in Vietnam ended, the Communists had prevailed, not only in Vietnam, but also in Laos. The few survivors of the Hmong tribe were refugees persecuted by the victorious Pathet Lao – except for the lucky few who escaped to the United States and to refugee camps in Thailand. The Hmong had nowhere else to go, their villages had been destroyed and the U.S. gave little, if any, assistance.
Gen. Vang Pao was commander of the Hmong forces that did the CIA’s bidding for many years. NOTE: In California
in recent years Vang Pao allegedly was the head of a clandestine group that was making preliminary plans to overthrow the Communist government in Laos. Regardless of the truth of any intrigue after he arrived in California, it is an undisputed fact that for years he did our bidding in Laos. He is a hero to the Hmong, and he should be to us.