Lao Hmong American War Memorial

Lao Hmong American War Memorial (HMRH3)

Location: Fresno, CA 93721 Fresno County
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Country: United States of America
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N 36° 44.171', W 119° 47.387'

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Portrait of a People - Hmong

From 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.

After South Vietnam fell to Communist rule, Laos also became Communist. The Hmong, who had aided both the Royal Lao government and the Americans, were labeled as rebels by the newly established government and targeted for extermination. The Hmong fled their country and became political refugees.

They were offered safety and freedom in the United States, France, Australia, Canada, and other Western countries.

Thirty years after the Vietnam War ended, over 55,000 Hmong lived in the Central Valley of California. Fresno, California became home to the largest Hmong population outside Laos. Those that were once allies are now called friends, neighbors, and fellow citizens.


Dedicated to the Lao and Hmong soldiers who fought courageously alongside American soldiers in Laos during the Vietnam War. Their demonstration of profound bravery, loyalty, and commitment to the United States during the Vietnam conflict is an inspiration to people of both countries.

This Memorial reminds future generations of our enduring appreciation of a people, a time, and a sacrifice that must never be forgotten.

This Memorial was made possible through the efforts of the City of Fresno, County of Fresno, and the Lao Hmong American War Memorial Committee and through the generous contributions of members of the Fresno community.

Dedicated December 21, 2005
Mayor Alan Autry
Fresno, California
HM NumberHMRH3
Year Placed2005
Placed ByCity of Fresno, County of Fresno, Lao Hmong American War Memorial Committee and Concerned Citizens
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Date Added Monday, October 13th, 2014 at 2:00pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)11S E 250892 N 4069236
Decimal Degrees36.73618333, -119.78978333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 44.171', W 119° 47.387'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 44' 10.26" N, 119° 47' 23.22" W
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Area Code(s)559, 209
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1100 Van Ness Ave, Fresno CA 93721, US
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