During the Vietnam War between 1961 and 1975, Hmong Special Guerrilla Units (SGU) were defacto commando war fighters who sacrificed their lives to rescue American forces and protect Laos against North Vietnamese expansionism. The Hmong, which means "Free People", were rugged Laotian hill tribesmen noted for their warrior tradition, loyalty, commitment, and bravery.
The Hmong were among America's staunchest and heroic allies. Hmong units were credited with rescuing hundreds of US airmen and soldiers, often under the most difficult of circumstances. Fighting along side US Air Commandos, Special Forces, Ravens, Air America, and the CIA, Hmong forces bore the brunt of ground fighting and casualties in support of American forces in MR 2.
Under the command of General Vang Pao, Chief Operations Strategist Colonel Shoua Yang, and other courageous leaders, SGUs diverted front-line NVA divisions and supplies from the war effort in South Vietnam. They served as the primary anti-Communist force in Laos. By war's end, the Hmong were virtually annihilated protecting Laotian sovereignty. Today their legacy remains as a formidable commando fighting force with valiant record of combat service.