SUAB HMONG NEWS (04/16/2018) – Beside a military leader, Col. Xay Dang Xiong was choosing to lead to build Ban Vinai Refugees Camp in Thailand in late 1975.
CLICK HERE to watch Suab Hmong News Special Coverage of the memorial service for Col. Xay Dang Xiong held from April 7 to 9, 2018 at Brookfield, Wisconsin.
Yang Xee (Yaj Txhi) in a letter read during the memorial service for Xay Dang Xiong said that after him and Jerry Daniels, C.I.A. Liaison, were looking for places to build refugees camp during September 1975, they decided and asked Col. Xay Dang Xiong to lead the way to build a refugees camp later known as Ban Vinai Refugees Camp.
“This all started back on September 27, 1975 when the Thai Ministry of Interior held a meeting regarding the relocation of Hmong refugees in both Namphong and Nongkhai camp. I along with Jerry Daniels, C.I.A. liaison officer, who worked for the Hmong people in Laos also attended the meeting. At the conclusion of this meeting, the Thai authorities had different views for relocating the Hmong people in both camps. Thus, Jerry and I decided to look for better location to resettle the Hmong refugees. We found an area near the city of Chiangkham and Pakchom in the Northeast part of provincial capital city of Loei. This area has flat land which home could be built on as well as having mountains in the background that has similar of our hometown of Long Cheng in Laos. It was then on Sunday October 12, 1975, I came to Mr. Xay Dang Xiong and asked him to lead more than 180 of his people in Namphong camp to begin construction in a location later known as Ban Vinai Refugees Camp” said in a letter wrote by Yang Xee.
Qhoua Mai Xiong, Former Commander for the Lao Royal Army, said he was with Col. Xay Dang Xiong’s group arrived at a location now known as Ban Vinai Refugees Camp. “There were 160 of us arrived at the location, we put up two tenths and begin to dig dirt to build toilet rooms. Toilet rooms must be built before families move to the location” said Qhoua Mai Xiong.
Col. Xay Dang Xiong passed away on March 15, 2018 and put to rest on April 9, 2018 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.