In memory of Khoua May Xiong

2097

SUAB HMONG NEWS (02/06/2020) – Khoua May Xiong passed away on December 22, 2019 in his hometown, Sacramento, CA.  There will be a Hmong traditional funeral service held open to the public to celebrate and remember his legacy from February 14 to 17, 2020 at Moon Sun Funeral service, 8100 Demetre Ave, Sacramento, CA 95828.  For more information, contact Wam Cai Xiong 715-212-1871 and Atary Xiong 916-534-6425.

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Biography of Qhoua May Xiong:

Major Khoua May Xiong was born on October 8, 1932 in a village near the border of Laos and Vietnam called “Hav Haim Thoob” in Houaphanh province, Laos.  He is the only son of Shonglue Xiong and Pa Yang (his mother Pa Yang passed away at an early age and his father, Shonglue Xiong, remarried his stepmother, Pay Lor, who he survived with).  Major Khoua May Xiong had one sister who passed away. His first wife’s name is Ntxhiav Lauj. They have 4 children together: Atary, Maylee, Paolee, and Thai. She passed away during the war.  He married his second wife, My Thao. They have 7 children together: Kham, Blong, Lor, Robert, Phang, May Houa, and Gao Hli. He has 11 children altogether and 29 grandchildren at the time he passed away.

Major Khoua May Xiong was a strong military leader and a loving father and husband. He served as a leader not only in the military but also in his village helping his Hmong and Lao people to have a better life. His service in the U.S. “Secret War” (Vietnam War) in Laos from 1962 – 1975 has inspired his children and grandchildren to fight for social equality and justice.

Khoua May Xiong was one of the early recruits by the U.S. CIA to serve under the Secret War in Laos. He fought under the Special Guerrilla Unit (SGU) led by General Vang Pao. He was trained on how to use war weapons and ambush tactics by the Thai PARU team. Later in his military career, he was promoted to Major. Major Khoua May Xiong led his troops to defend U.S. CIA radar site at Phu Phathi, also known as Lima Site 85. The responsibilities of the SGU soldiers were to: 1. Stop the flow of the North Vietnamese troops and supplies to South Vietnam on the Ho Chi Minh Trail inside Laos,  2. Rescue American pilots that were shot down along the Lao and Vietnam borders, and 3. Protect the U.S. Air Force navigation radar in Phou Pha Thi that guided the B-52s and jets to bomb military targets in North Vietnam.

In 1975, the U.S. withdrew its military service in Laos. Major Khoua May Xiong fled across the Mekong River with his family for safety to Thailand. He and his family stayed in the refugee camps for a period of time. They, then, continued their journey to the United States to start a new life. He first arrived in the state of Iowa, moved to Montana, then Washington, and settled in California.

Major Khoua May Xiong continued his leadership role here in the U.S. advocating and educating the Hmong community about the U.S. Secret War in Laos. He was an active member of Lao Veterans of America organization. In 1997, he joined leader General Vang Pao and more than 3,000 Hmong/Lao veterans in Washington D.C. to unveil the Hmong/Lao Veterans Memorial Monument in Arlington National Cemetery.  He was continuously active, lobbying, and supporting many of the veterans bills to help the Hmong/Lao veterans, including the legislative bill, H.R. 371 (105th), known as the Lao-Hmong Veterans’ Naturalization Act of 1997, which enabled anyone who served with a special guerrilla unit from 1961 to 1978 and their spouse or widow to become naturalized U.S. citizens, and another legislative bill, the Hmong Veterans’ Service Recognition Act, which enabled Hmong veterans to be buried in the U.S. national cemeteries. On March 23, 2018, the Hmong Veterans’ Service Recognition Act was finally enacted as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018.