Burial at Arlington

@benhilo (871)
Tripoli, Libya
February 5, 2011 12:25pm CST
The BBC reported about a very respected general, recently deceased, of Hmong descent, who was denied burial in Arlington cemetery. "The US Army has rejected a request for ethnic Hmong leader Vang Pao to be buried with full military honors in Arlington National Cemetery." "Gen Pao led a 15-year CIA-sponsored secret war in Laos during the Vietnam War and, when it was lost, led tens of thousands of his people into exile." "A spokesman for the Pentagon, Gary Tallman, said the request had been thoroughly reviewed but that the board had unanimously decided he did not meet the criteria for burial in the cemetery." Their reason is "that it would take the place away from an American serviceman". American servicemen that knew him offered their own plots for general Pao. I think they should allow Pao to be buried at Arlington. He is not only a hero among his own people but to the American people as well. He fought for America for 15 years! I have heard some say that well he's not an American and foreigners should not be buried in Arlington. He did become an American citizen. As far as being a foreigner, Arlington is full of foreigners who fought and gave their lives for this country. I say let him in! Do you have an opinion?
4 responses
@peavey (16618)
• United States
6 Feb 11
Arlington was set aside to bury American soldiers. If General Pao was an American and if he was a soldier in an American armed force, then he should be buried there. Otherwise, no.
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• United States
28 Jun 11
I certainly agree with Benhilo on this matter; The soldier did reach citizenship status. Point1. CIA employed him, depended on him, praised him this man is a hero in his own way if not the military and thus should be allowed to Rest In Peace at Arlington National Cemetery. Whose decision is this to play a type of God when it comes to a burial or services in our country for all those who gave? All these rules/laws our government makes they change when they see fit from my experience: Ditto!! I agree, let him be buried with the heroes and the givers as he is one....
• United States
28 Jun 11
I certainly agree with Benhilo on this matter; The soldier did reach citizenship status. Point1. CIA employed him, depended on him, praised him this man is a hero in his own way if not the miitary and thus should be allowed to Rest In Peace at Arlington National Cemetery.Whose decision is this to play a type of God when it comes to a burial or services in our country? All these rules/laws our government makes they change when they see fit from my experience: Ditto!! I agree, let him be buried with the heroes and the givers as he is one....
@bobmnu (8160)
• United States
13 Jun 11
Not every American service man or woman is allowed to be buried in Arlington. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arlington_National_Cemetery and check out the section on Burial criteria. You will see that not all American military personal can be buried there. They have to have and stick with the standards.