Portrait of a People - HmongFrom 1961 to 1975 the Hmong and other Lao people of the highlands of Laos helped the United States fight against Communism in Laos and Vietnam. On December 31, 1960, U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower declared, "We cannot let Laos fall to the Communists even if we have to fight." Because the Ho Chi Minh trail ran through the territory of the Hmong, the CIA recruited the Hmong and other Lao groups as a special guerrilla unit under the leadership of General Vang Pao to fight the spread of Communism throughout Southeast Asia.
|Placed By||City of Fresno, County of Fresno, Lao Hmong American War Memorial Committee and Concerned Citizens|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Monday, October 13th, 2014 at 2:00pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||11S E 250892 N 4069236|
|Decimal Degrees||36.73618333, -119.78978333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 36° 44.171', W 119° 47.387'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||36° 44' 10.26" N, 119° 47' 23.22" W|
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|Area Code(s)||559, 209|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 1100 Van Ness Ave, Fresno CA 93721, US|
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