Hmong Pilots Recruited and Trained by CIA and U.S. Air Force

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Milwaukee, WI — Hmong pilots recruited and trained by the CIA and the United States Air Force to counterinsurgency efforts during the Vietnam war in Laos.

Of 38 original Hmong pilots who took the silent pledge to “fly until death,” 20 survived. 17 are alive today.

SHIBC News exclusive interviewed some of the survived Hmong pilots and their family members during their reunion in Maplewood, MN on June 16, 2012.  Below are the interviewed:

Click here to watch SHIBC News interviewed Vang Khang
Click here to watch SHIBC News interviewed Seng Vang
Click here to watch SHIBC News interviewed Lee Yang
Click here to watch SHIBC News interviewed Bounchanh Sayaovong
Click here to watch SHIBC News interviewed Mrs. Foua Vang
Click here to watch SHIBC News interviewed Foua Vang

Note. We broadcasted our coverage of Hmong Pilots Reunion late due to tehnical issue with our videos.

Below are the listing of Hmong pilots trained by CIA and U.S. Air Force:

Hmong Pilots (KIA)
1. Maj. Lwm Lis
2. Maj. Yeej Lis
3. Maj. Xauv Thoj
4. Capt. Tub Xyoob Lis
5. Capt. Vas Muas
6. Capt. Xwm Vaj
7. Lt. Ntxawg Haam
8. Lt. Teeb Muas
9. Lt. Nyiaj Thoj
10. Lt. Cheeb Vaj
11. Lt. Ntaub Vaj
12. Lt. Tuam Vaj
13. Lt. Txoov Vaj
14. Lt. Loob Vwj
15. Lt. Ntxawg Vwj
16. Lt. Kub Xyooj
17. 2nd Lt. Yeeb Hawj
18. 2nd Lt. Neeb Lauj

Hmong Pilots (Survivors)
19. Major Xyooj Yaj – deceased in MN
20. Major Vaj Khab
21. Capt. Npis Vaj (T28)
22. Capt. Fuab Vaj
23. Capt. Npis Vaj (Helicopter) – deceased in CA
24. Capt. Tswb Muas – deceased in France
25. Capt. Pov Yaj
26. Capt. Teem Lis
27. Lt. Kuam Xyooj
28. Lt. Bounchanh Sayavong
29. Lt. Yias Khab
30. Lt. Muas Lis
31. Lt. Npis Yaj
32. Lt. Yaj Lis
33. Lt. Suav Muas
34. Lt. Teeb Vaj
35. Lt. Tub Vaj
36. Lt. Xeeb Vaj
37. Lt. Phooj Yaj
38. Lt. Zeb Yaj