January 7, 2011 12:17 AM

Gen. Vang Pao, key U.S. ally in Vietnam War, dies at 81

Gen. Vang Pao, an iconic figure in the Hmong community and a key U.S. ally during the Vietnam War, died Thursday in Clovis, Calif. Charlie Waters, a friend and veterans advocate in Fresno, said Vang was suffering from pneumonia and an ongoing heart problem.

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