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Wisconsin vets hope to create memorial to Hmong wartime pilots

6:35 PM, Mar. 31, 2013
John Helminiak, left, and Vue Yang are spearheading an effort to create a memorial to Vietnam-era Hmong pilots who flew T-28s, a model of which sits in front of them. It is hoped the memorial, to be located at Sheboygan County Memorial Airport, will include a real T-28.
John Helminiak, left, and Vue Yang are spearheading an effort to create a memorial to Vietnam-era Hmong pilots who flew T-28s, a model of which sits in front of them. It is hoped the memorial, to be located at Sheboygan County Memorial Airport, will include a real T-28.
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Vue Yang used to ride in the rear seat of T-28 fighters in the late 1960s when his friends - Hmong pilots - were dropping bombs on Communists during the Secret War in Laos.

Now 60 and a business owner in Sheboygan, Yang wants to make sure the sacrifice and heroism of his old friends are never forgotten.

Working with John Helminiak, executive director of the Aviation Heritage Center, Yang is trying to raise money to create a memorial to Hmong pilots at the Sheboygan County Airport. ...

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