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U.S. authorities have refused a request for Laotian general Vang Pao to be buried with honours at Arlington National Cemetery, it was announced Friday, as thousands paid respect at his funeral. "They called a little while ago ... and they told me the committee turned the general down," said Charlie Waters, shortly after the start of a funeral for the Hmong veteran, who led a CIAbacked "secret army" in the Vietnam War. Waters said they would appeal to the White House. Vang Pao died last month in Fresno, California, at the age of 81. He led the CIA-backed force that assisted the United States in Vietnam, during its ill-fated war with communist forces in the north of southeast Asian nation.
Originally posted by Kangaruex4Ewe
reply to post by mydarkpassenger
Thank you for an opinion from a veteran. I was unsure how other veterans would feel about this and was reluctant to state a firm opinon out of respect for you/them simply because it is not a civilian "graveyard".
I knew other nationalities etc had been laid to rest there and that is why this story caught my eye. I think you hit the nail on the head with both points.
They are going to petition Obama/White House now. I guess we will see where that leads.