CALIFORNIA – America’s Secret War in Laos was recounted Saturday at the McConnell Foundation where speakers from the Lao and Mien communities in Shasta County told stories of how they fought alongside their U.S. allies to combat communist forces during the Vietnam War.
The event, “Unsung Heroes: Our Lao and Mien allies in the Secret War,” featured an exhibit of Lao and Mien cultures with clothes and jewelry. Six speakers on a panel shared their journey from Laos to Shasta County.
Yoon Nam Thungc said he doesn’t recall much about the war, but does remember the effects the war had on his father. His father, Meng Sio, was a farmer who didn’t begin his education until he was 17 years old. And as the oldest child of seven, he volunteered to join the army to fight for the U.S. in 1969.
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