SUAB HMONG NEWS – 2015 Lao, Hmong and American Veterans Memorial held at Lao, Hmong and American Veterans (LHAV) monument at Deland Park in Sheboygan, Wisconsin on May 25, 2015 to honor the Premier Leaders of the Free Hmong Lao 1961 (Photo from Vint Lawrence Collections) and Colonel Lee Yeng, a T-28 Pilot, killed In Action in Laos.
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This marked the 9th Annual Celebration ceremony for the Lao, Hmong and American Veterans monument.
Two stones plates to recognize in memory of “The Premier Leaders of the Free Hmong Lao 1961” and “Col. Lee Yeng, T-28 Pilot, KIA)” have been created and added to the Lao, Hmong and American Memorial Stone monument.
Taken from the LJAV program:
Lee Yeng was born in 1942 in Xieng Khoung Province, Laos as the youngest of the twelve sons to Mr. and Mrs. Chue Vang Lee. At the age of 19, Lee Yeng joined the CIA “Secret War” in Laos during the Vietnam War, fighting on the frontline as a soldier. Soon thereafter in 1967, he enrolled in a pilot training program in Thailand. Upon graduation, he returned to Long Cheng and flew the C-47 Dakota aircraft to transport goods to civilians in Long Cheng.
In Late 1969, as the “Secret War” escalated, Lee Yeng returned to Thailand to train as a T-28D fighter pilot. He was exceptionally skilled at completing his sorties. Regardless of time and place, he quickly rearmed his aircraft and flew to protect his countrymen when called upon by General Vang Pao. He paid the ultimate sacrifice with his life, when his T-28D aircraft was shot down by enemy anti-aircraft fire in July 1970 near the Plain of Jars.
He is survived by his wife, May Bao and four children, May Ching, Tou Bee, Tou Sue and Tou Sua.
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