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Thousands of Hmong gather Friday in Fresno for the start of a six-day funeral for Gen. Vang Pao, who led guerrilla fighters in the CIA's secret campaign in Laos during the Vietnam War. Vang Pao's casket, draped in an American flag, is brought into the Fresno Convention Center by his fellow solders.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times

Veterans wait in the Fresno Convention Center for the start of a six-day funeral honoring Gen. Vang Pao.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times

Hmong war widow and veteran Blia Yang, 70, takes part in the procession honoring Gen. Vang Pao.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times

Beauty queens and veterans are part of the crowd honoring Gen. Vang Pao.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times

Men and women weep as they watch a horse-drawn carriage carrying Gen. Vang Pao's casket.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times

Women wearing traditional Hmong clothing line the street as they wait for the funeral procession of Gen. Van Pao.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times

Pajielly Vang, 15, of Fresno cries as she watches a horse-drawn carriage bearing Gen. Vang Pao's casket.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times

The street falls silent as people watch a horse-drawn carriage bearing the casket of Gen. Vang Pao.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times

A carriage bears the casket of Gen. Vang Pao.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times

Sou Thao salutes at the beginning of a six-day funeral for Gen. Vang Pao.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times

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The six-day funeral for Gen. Vang Pao, the controversial but revered Hmong leader who was a key ally to the United States during the Vietnam War, began Friday in Fresno. As many as 40,000 people from around the world were expected to attend. Read the full story “Rites for Gen. Vang Pao a crossroads of Hmong tradition and modern U.S.” by Diana Marcum.

2 Comments

  1. February 4, 2011, 5:38 pm

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  2. July 23, 2011, 12:32 pm

    i believe it is just right for the US to give some respects to people who helped them, the US, during the war.

    By: sato

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