In the shadows of the Vietnam War, the CIA organized a secret war in neighboring Laos to prevent communism from spreading deeper into Southeast Asia. The Hmong fought for the U.S. — and for themselves— to keep Ho Chi Minh’s regime from destroying their way of life. Distributed nationally by American Public Television.


Read about the stories of Hmong pilots who risked their lives during the clandestine CIA operation that unfolded during the Vietnam War in “Fly Until You Die.”

Hmong-American filmmaker Kang Vang shares the story of his father, who fought during America’s Secret War. 

Hmong veterans who served during the secret war can now be buried in national cemeteries – but this is a hard-fought recent development explored in this story from Almanac.

This story is made possible by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and the citizens of Minnesota.