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Arlington refuses burial of U.S. ally from Vietnam War

Washington (CNN) -- The family of a man who fought alongside U.S. troops in Vietnam have been told their relative will not be allowed to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
Major General Vang Pao led thousands of Hmong soldiers as they fought alongside the United States against the North Vietnamese Army during the war in Southeast Asia, according to a news release from Congressman Jim Costa of California.
Costa, on behalf of Pao's family, asked the Army to grant an exception to Arlington's rules to allow Pao to be buried in the nation's most hallowed burial ground.
Pao died recently of complications from pneumonia, according to Costa.
"The Vang Pao family's request for an exception to the burial policy was thoroughly reviewed by a board comprised of senior military and civilian officials. ... After a comprehensive analysis, the board unanimously recommended denial of the request for exception to policy. Upon receipt of the board's input, the Secretary carefully reviewed and deliberated on this matter and accepted the board's recommendation," according to a statement from the Army released Friday evening.
According to the cemetery's policy, Pao would have had to have served in the U.S. armed forces to be eligible for the honor.
The family can still ask Defense Secretary Robert Gates and President Obama to make an exception. A Pentagon spokesman said he did not know if any request regarding Pao's burial had reached Gates as of Friday afternoon.

http://www.cnn.com/2011/US/02/04/arlington.vietnam/index.html


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  • I agree with the ruling. The guidelines set forth for eligibility for burial at Arlington are clear, and like it or not, they do not allow for the burial of foreign military members, regardless of rank, or how great an ally they might have been.

    His supporters might have a shot at an appeal if Pao was awarded the Intelligence Star by the CIA. Since he never served in the U.S. military, that's the only way he could rightfully be interred at Arlington. The rules are strict for a reason, and once More..

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    • 'I agree with the ruling. The guidelines set forth for eligibility for burial at Arlington are clear, and like it or not, they do not allow for the burial of foreign military members, regardless of rank, or how great an ally they might have been.'.....you sure about that...tinyurl.com/4LB72P2

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    • Despite the fact that three foreign POW's from WWII are buried at Arlington in no way changes my point. 1. I agree with the ruling. 2. "...The guidelines set forth for eligibility for burial at Arlington are clear..." The fact that a few exceptions were made 60 years ago changes neither of these facts. That's why they're called "exceptions".

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  • Prudent move. If they buried him in Arlington somebody would promptly publish some unsavory stuff about the guy.

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  • I'm not American, but my opinion, this Vietnamese should not be allow a burial at Arlington.Whats next a renegade Taliban.

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    • If a Taliban was considered it would no doubt be as a prisoner of war. Kind of like Anton Hilberath, a German prisoner of war and Arcangelo Prudenza an Italian prisoner of war..both buried at Arlington.

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  • He was fighting for HIS country, also. I don't feel he belongs along side our fighting men. Put him in a cemetery honoring the fallen Vietnamese that fought and died for THEIR country. Just don't do it with American tax money.

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  • Wouldn't the simple answer to build, say, a smaller annex to the cemetary where you can bury non-US nationals who have served the country in some way? That way, everyone's happy.

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  • it was always rumored he was a molester too...put him in a volcano

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  • Traitors are never welcome on neither sides. It's always been like that.

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    • Is the Jane Fonda crowd is speechless ? I mean, we all know how they felt about the war so this refusal to bury him at Arlington should please the libtards, right?

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    • I don't know about that, Jane Fonda was never hot.

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    • On the other side It's your people (teabaggers, Republicans) who are very comfortable not allowing a gook in a all traditional American patriotic historic, and glorious cemetery like Arlington. Right?

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  • If they did, USA would lose relations with the communist Laos and Viets.

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  • first of all, General Vang Pao is NOT Veitnamese! They are called HMONG! THE HMONG HELPED USA FOUGHT DURING THE VIETNAM WAR, which it also known as "the secret war" (FYI)becuase the USA was asking for help since they're losing! Without helping the AMERICANS, they will be ashes already and only the UN and President Kenndy know about this, becuase they asked for the Hmong's help. Second, HE IS Not A MOLESTER FOR YOUR DAMN INFORMATION! GET YOUR DAMN FACTS RIGHT WHOEVER WROTE THAT!! Don;t More..

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