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File #: RES 18-1608    Version: 1 Name: Recognizing and Honoring the Late Colonel Moua Gao in the City of Saint Paul on Saturday, September 22, 2018
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
In control: City Council
Final action: 9/19/2018
Title: Recognizing and Honoring the Late Colonel Moua Gao in the City of Saint Paul on Saturday, September 22, 2018.
Sponsors: Dai Thao
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Recognizing and Honoring the Late Colonel Moua Gao in the City of Saint Paul on Saturday, September 22, 2018.
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Whereas, Saturday, September 22, 2018 is the day the community celebrate the life, accomplishments, and contributions of late Colonel Moua Gao, or also known as Moua George/Nyiaj Nkaub Muas, to the United States, the City of St. Paul, and Hmong American community; and

Whereas, Colonel Moua Gao was born on January 1, 1947 in Ban Phousane, Xieng Khouang province of Laos, and dedicated his life to helping and supporting the United States’ Special Guerrilla Unit (SGU) Veterans during and after the Secret War; and

Whereas, he was the second child out of 4 children to Mr. Tou Yee Lor and Sao My Vue. He was later adopted and raised by his stepfather, Colonel Cher Pao Moua, in his teenage years. He has 8 half-brothers and 11 half-sisters; and

Whereas, he married his wife Mai Yia Lee for 29 years. After the death of his wife Mai Yia Lee, he remarried Mai Yia Xiong. He was survived by his wife Mai Yia Xiong and a total of 10 children, 7 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren from both spouses; and

Whereas, he was one of the few Hmong students attending Lycee Vientiane from 1960 to 1963; and

Whereas, his leadership started at the age of 16 when he joined the Lao Royale Arm Force (LRAF) in 1963 as an Army Sergeant under the command of General Vang Pao, who was in charge of the LRAF 2nd Region in Long Chieng, Xieng Khuang. Colonel Moua served his first military position as a Hmong Liaison military officer based in Wattai Airpot, Vientiane. His military duty was to coordinate with both the Lao Royale Airforce Department (LRAD) and the LRAF headquarters in Vientiane to report daily war activities from General Vang Pao, who engaged his troops against the Pathet Lao/Viet Cong in the province of Xieng Khuang; and

Whereas, Colonel Moua’s military duty included coordinating and communicating with USAID crews at the Wattai Airport and Vientiane to assist ...

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