A shrine is set up for a memorial at the Lao Family Center in St. Paul, Minn in honor of Vang Pao on Friday, Jan. 7, 2011. Pao, a fabled military hero and beloved father figure among the international... more 
A shrine is set up for a memorial at the Lao Family Center in St. Paul, Minn in honor of Vang Pao on Friday, Jan. 7, 2011. Pao, a fabled military hero and beloved father figure among the international Hmong refugee community, will be honored with a massive funeral "fit for a king" in central California, the general's son said Friday. Vang Pao led Hmong guerrillas in their CIA-backed battle against communists during the Vietnam War. He died Thursday night in a hospital near Fresno after battling pneumonia he caught while presiding over two Hmong New Year celebrations in California's agricultural belt. He was 81. less 
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Associated Press | Photo By The Star Tribune, David Joles
Fri, Jan 7, 2011 10:31 PM EST