Vang Sue

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Vang Sue
Major Vang Su
Born January 30, 1945
Xieng Khouang, Laos
Died October 18, 1972 KIA
Allegiance Kingdom of Laos
Service/branch Royal Lao Air Force
Years of service 1965–1972
Rank Major
Unit Special Unit based at LS-20A, Long Tieng, Laos
Commands held T-28 fighter bomber squadron

Major Vang Sue (Su, Seu) (also transliterated as Vaj Xwm) (January 30, 1945 – October 18, 1972) was a Laotian Hmong fighter pilot. Recipient of the USAF Distinguished Flying Cross. He flew over 4,000 combat missions as a T-28 bomber pilot.[1] Vang trained briefly with Hmong fighter ace Lee Lue before Lee was shot down and became General Vang Pao's preeminent pilot after Lee's death. He frequently flew 15 days consecutively, and often as much as 15 sorties in a day. Renowned for his daring and bombing accuracy, Vang was shot down by anti-aircraft guns and killed in October 18, 1972.


Vang Sue was born on 30 January 1945, in Xieng Khouang, Laos to KiaPao Vang (father) and Ying Xiong (mother). He married a school teacher, May A. Yang, in 1967 and together they had four children. Vang Sue joined the Royal Lao Air Force He ranks as Wing Leader.

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1,667 missions.
A page from Vang Sue's log.