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Hurlburt Field in Okaloosa County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Hmong Special Guerrilla Units

 
 
Hmong Special Guerrilla Units Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, November 17, 2016
1. Hmong Special Guerrilla Units Marker
Inscription. During the Vietnam War between 1961 and 1975, Hmong Special Guerrilla Units (SGU) were defacto commando war fighters who sacrificed their lives to rescue American forces and protect Laos against North Vietnamese expansionism. The Hmong, which means "Free People", were rugged Laotian hill tribesmen noted for their warrior tradition, loyalty, commitment, and bravery.
The Hmong were among America's staunchest and heroic allies. Hmong units were credited with rescuing hundreds of US airmen and soldiers, often under the most difficult of circumstances. Fighting along side US Air Commandos, Special Forces, Ravens, Air America, and the CIA, Hmong forces bore the brunt of ground fighting and casualties in support of American forces in MR 2.
Under the command of General Vang Pao, Chief Operations Strategist Colonel Shoua Yang, and other courageous leaders, SGUs diverted front-line NVA divisions and supplies from the war effort in South Vietnam. They served as the primary anti-Communist force in Laos. By war's end, the Hmong were virtually annihilated protecting Laotian sovereignty. Today their legacy remains as a formidable commando fighting force with valiant record of combat service.
 
Erected by the Hurlburt Field Memorial Air Park Council.
 
Location.
Hmong Special Guerrilla Units Marker (second from left of four markers). image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, November 17, 2016
2. Hmong Special Guerrilla Units Marker (second from left of four markers).
Oneal Avenue behind bushes
30° 24.871′ N, 86° 42.006′ W. Marker is in Hurlburt Field, Florida, in Okaloosa County. Marker can be reached from Oneal Avenue. Touch for map. Located at the Hurlburt Field Memorial Air Park and access to the base is restricted. Marker is at or near this postal address: 315 Independence Road, Hurlburt Field FL 32544, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bird Air Memorial (here, next to this marker); Montagnard Memorial (here, next to this marker); Air America Memorial (here, next to this marker); Airman First Class John Lee Levitow (a few steps from this marker); C-47 Sky Train (a few steps from this marker); Spooky (a few steps from this marker); In Honor of The American Gold Star Mothers (a few steps from this marker); Medal of Honor Recipients (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hurlburt Field.
 
Also see . . .  Wikipedia article on the Hmong. (Submitted on November 19, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. MilitaryPatriots & PatriotismWar, Vietnam
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 19, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 19, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 116 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 19, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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