Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

Remembering the servicemembers who died in the service of their country.

Army Spc. Thai Vue

22, of Willows, California.
Vue died in Baghdad, Iraq, when a mortar round hit the motor pool where he was working. He was assigned to 127th Military Police Company, 709th Military Police Battalion, 18th Military Police Brigade, V Corps, Hanau, Germany. Died on June 18, 2004.

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"Truly missed and never forgotten."
Flournoy Tyson of Hinesville,Ga

"We remember your sacrifice brother! That day forever changed all our lives and I am grateful to have known you."
David Bush of Colorado Springs

"You are truly missed, my heart still hurts. Love you always like a son."
FLOURNOY TYSON( retired) of Hinesville,Ga

"WOW !!! No way it's been 12 years since that Horrible day and the Loss of such a Great soldier and an even Greater Person ! I think of you often Thia, And cannot believe how time fly's by ! All my Love to you and your entire VUE Clan !!!!"
Paul Mullis, Ssgt RET of Killen, AL USA !

"You are still missed"

"All gave some and some gave all. God bless you guys on this holiday."
Uncle Chue of Dover, Delaware

"As the first Hmong-American 1SG in the US Military, I have and will continue to make sure SPC Thai Vue, SPC Qixing Lee, and PFC Kham See Xiong sacrifices will not be forgotten. Their names will be read and remember again this year during Memorial Day (Wisconsin) as have in the last 8 years or so.

Note: Even though PFC Kham See Xiong was not KIA, he was on his way to combat and prepare to give his life. He was killed at Fort Hood, TX, 5 Nov 2009 during a deployment preparation.

To the best of my knowledge, there are only two Hmong-American Service Members that were KIA (SPC Thai Vue and SPC Qixing Lee)."
Shua P. Yang, US Army Retired of Wisconsin

"Not a day goes by that Thai is not still thought of and missed."
of Ft Leonard Wood, Mo

"Walked around the Memorial on Ft Leonard Wood today. Saw SPC Vue on at least three different memorials. Definitely never to be forgotten."
LT Em of Ft Wood

"I've only known SPC Vue only for a short time before they deployed. But the one thing I would not forget was when he told me in the barracks hallway, " I'm glad I'm not the only Asian around here anymore." RIP SPC Vue. Gone but not Forgotten. "Speed and Power""
Emie J. of Baltimore, MD

"Hello Jessica. Thank you for your kind words. It is truly heart warming. The Vue Family will love to meet Baby Thai. Is it possible to get both your email and David's email? You can reach me at, alanvue1@gmail.com. Thank you and we hope to hear from you and David soon."
Alan Vue of Chico, CA

"Dear Vue Family, I just wanted to share w/ you all....This past Veterans day, I shared w/ our four year old son how he got his name....Thai :) He now knows he's named after Daddy's best friend who was a true hero :) So when you ask him, who were you named after? he says "Daddy's best friend. He didn't get to come home from the war b/c the bad guys got him." "His mom was very sad and when I was made from God you and daddy named me Thai to remember him and that made his mommy happy again" :)You will always be apart of our family. Our Thai carry's his name proudly and will forever carry his story w/ him. May God bless you all. Love, The Bush Family"
Jessica Wife Of SSG Bush of Chester, VA.

"Rest in peace Thai"
127th MP of California

"SPC Vue, Thai! Words can not express my feelings about finding out today that you were the first Hmong soldier to have given up your life for our mission. As one of your own comrade, I thank you for carrying on the mission so that I could come behind you and finish it. You did a job well done, and I know how much pride you had to wear your uniform as it was for me. You will never be forgotten my brother! To Thai's family, thank you for your support of his calling even when it was hard to see him go. We are all indebted to you all."
SPC Vang, M of Fresno, CA

"Be at peace, dear friend! Koj yog peb Hmoob ib tug tub uas tau muab peb tso tseg lawm vim koj muaj siab hlub es tau mus tiv thaiv lub teb lub chaw, tiamsis peb Hmoob yeej yuav nco ntsoov koj mus li. Thov kom koj mus nrhiav tau kev kaj siab mog."
Tuam Vaj & wife of Milwaukee, WI

"Today has been a very hard day for me yet again. every year gets tougher and tougher instead of the opposite. It's like a clock that is set to this day every year that I go back to Falcon to the memories. To my 127th family to Thai Vue's goofy smile and mischevious antics that held the squad together. Rest in Peace Thai and I pray that the ones you left behind find their peace too."
SSG Elizabeth Philpott of FT Riley, Kansas

"I never want to forget the sacrifices of so many young men and women. I am so proud it makes me cry. I understand in theory only that war is a part of human nature but so is love and caring. I wish I could take the families pain away but I can't. I am committed to loving ALL people, myself and our environment. I am committed to working on my happiness everyday because so many have died for my freedom to live my life. Thank you is not enough but it is all I have. All my love and respect. ogersteiner@yahoo.com
A hundred times a day, I remind myself that my inner and outer life depends on the labors of other men, living and dead, and I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am receiving. - Albert Einstein"
Scott E. Steiner of Worthington, OH USA

"- Muaj lug tu siab txog thai vue tsev neeg xws li, yog niam, yog txiv, cov ua tij, cov kwv nkauj muam, poj niam me nyuam sawv daws,kuv pab tu siab kawg, vim thaiv tau ncaim nej tsev neeg mus lawm, tas pua txhiab tiam neeg, tsi los ntsib nej lawm, txhob quaj mog, txawm quaj seev npaum twg, los tsi sawv, rov qab los lawm, txoj kev tuag, ces yeej tuag lawm tias, tsi zoo li, luag ua yeeb yaj kiab (movies)

- Txoj kev ua tub rog, yog txoj kev tuaj yeem tuag, muab txoj sia tam teb chaws sawv daws nyob tom qab, muab roj ntsha, cev nqaij tawv, pua liaj av niam txiv pej xeem America tas nrho.

- Peb cov ib txwm ua tub rog, tswj teb tuav chaw, yav ntuj teb chaws nplog dhau lawm, yeej paub zoo txog, txoj kev ntov dej, ces yeej ntub, txoj kev sib tua, ces yeej tuag, peb cov nov, yog cov seem tuag, dim txoj sia tuaj nyob teb chaws no xwb, kuv tau nyeem, ib tsoom phooj ywg, sau ntawv tuaj qhuas, tuaj ua kev tu siab zaum kawg, ntawm kwv thaiv lub neej tub rog (America)kuv lub kua muag, yeej poob nthav tam sim, hais tsi tau zaj twg, rau nej tsev neeg, txhob tu siab mog, peb cov nyob tom qab txhua leej nco ntsoov tias kwv thaiv muab txoj sia tam liaj peb sawv daws nyob kab ntsab, peb txhua tug, yeej cim ntsoov tseg tias, kwv thaiv muab cev nqaij tawv roj ntsha pua teb chaws, rau peb txoos, txhua lub xyoo, sawv daws nqa paj ntoos, tswm ciab taws, hlawv xyab ntawv xa, pub tug ntsuj plig, tau siv yoom, dab tuag teb.

- Kwv thaiv koj tug, ncaim peb tsoom niam txiv, kwv tij nkauj muam, poj niam tub ntxhais, txheeb ze haiv hmoob lawm, thov kom koj tug ntsuj plig, mus kaj mus huv mus zoo, txog ntuj tshaj kiab saum ub, kom hmab tsi dawm tes, hlua tsi dawm taws, koj yog peb haiv hmoob ib tug phab ej, peb nco ntsoov, koj teg txiaj ntsig, muaj nuj nqig tshaj plawg, nyiaj kub pauv tsi tau, thov kom koj mus zoo mog.

- Yog lwm tiam muaj tias, mam thov dua ntawv zoo, los kawm txawj ntse, los ua ib tug coj muaj hwj chim, saib peb tsoom hmoob ntsuag nog.

- Kuv tug kheej, ib txwm yog, tub rog raug mob ntau zaug zoo li, tug neeg tuag, tsi tu siav, tug tsi lwj xwb, txhob tu siab mog, kwv thaiv vwj, peb cov nyob tom qab, hlub tsi tau, koj niam, koj txiv, koj tsoom tij, koj tsoom kwv, nkauj muam poj niam tub ntxhais raws li, koj lub siab xav ntshaw npaj tseg, koj thiaj hlub tau lawv xwb, txhob quaj, txhob tu siab mog, txoj kev tua tsov rog, ces yeej zoo li, kuv tsuas xa, lo lug tu siab tuaj mus tauv niam txiv, tij laug, cov kwv nkauj muam, poj niam tub ntxhais, lub kua muag xwb, thov nej txhob quaj mog, nco ntsoov tias, kwv thaiv tug ncaim, ces ncaim tas, ib txhiab sim neej, nej cov nyob tom qab, kom sib hlub, muab tug ncaim, xav rau cov nyob mog, kuv zoo siab tuaj ntsib nej sawv daws Sau npe Chang Xiong Pon tiac, Michigan States."
Chang Xiong of Pontiac, Michigan/United States.

"“Every man dies not every man really lives.”
For like your fathers before you, in glory did they give
Their last breath to defend the air that we so freely gasp
Their life so that we may desperately grasp
The greatness of democracy and love of liberty
The love of our country and its majestic beauty
A country of heroes that never dies in vain
So that the same freedom we have can be attained
By those whom have suffered under tyranny
By those whom have bled for the very same liberty
That our forefathers have fought for so desperately
To create this nation here on earth
And to preserve the principles that by birth
All of us have a right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
So to you my distant brother, I ask for forgiveness
That I was not by your side and could not hold your hand
As the witches of time cut their last strand
As you passed onto the darkness of night
May your soul be shrouded in the light
An immortal symbol your memory will be
For the coming generations to see."
Kenji Vue of Minneapolis, MN

"June 18, 2009
To the family of Spc. Thai Vue:
Thai gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen heroes be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"Words alone cannot express my grief and sorrow. For his families and friends, I bet Thai was a really wonderful person. For me, Thai is my hero!"
May Yang of Sacramento, CA

"Vue, Its Smith from 3rd Plt. Every day it seemed like we ran our truck into your shop when another IED hit us..you never said a word, you just got the job done so we could go out and do ours. Your still awesome in my book"
Karolyn Smith of Santee, CA

"Thai, I have come across your story by chance and would like to pay my respects as a fellow serviceman and Hmong Vue clan member. Brother, you have my utmost respect, you have honoured your family and your country by choosing to do what you felt necessary to obtain peace for your people, whether they’re American or Hmong. Although we had never met we shared similar ideals; we both chose to serve for the greater good, for freedom and for peace. You paid a horrible price for your beliefs, but it is a price that we will never forget. You will forever be a hero in our eyes, as can be seen by the overwhelming number of thoughts shared on this site for you. May you find the peace that you willingly gave your life for. Lest we forget."
Able Seaman David Vue of HMAS Kanimbla, Royal Australian Navy.

"zoo siab tuaj ntsib koj nyob rau hauv no thaiv txawm tias koj lub cev ncaim peb mus lawm los . xav tias koj tus ntsuj plig tseem nrog nraim peb nyob ua ke . kuv yog koj txiv ntxawm ntxoov nyiaj"
nhia of chico ca usa

"Wow, it's been several years now but it seemed like you've just left us yesterday. Thai, I want you to know that you are our hero. I really wished I got a chance to meet you and to know you. Rest in peace, brother."
Tao Lor of Georgia

"Its sad to hear about any servicemember being killed in Iraq. You are truly a hero especially for the hmong community for making the ultimate sacrifice. You will be remembered by lots of people. Rest in Peace."
USMC Lance Corporal Noah Vang of Appleton WI

"You are still missed my friend,it's hard to fight back the tears,rest in peace you are always in my heart."
flournoy tyson of iraq

"Thaiv, koj puas paub koj niam nco koj npaum li cas? Koj niam niaj hnub muab koj nco, thiab nws niaj hnub muab koj tej duab coj los saib. Ntshe cev khaub ncaws twg muaj koj tus ntxhiab mas nws tseem niaj hnub muab coj los hnia. Thov nco txog koj niam tus uas laus lawm thiab mog. Mus zoo koj.."
mai of sacramento

"my condolences to the family & friends of Thai.
thank you, Thai, for your services.
rest easy."
cpl. l. vang, usmc (ret)


"spc vue i remember you as a youg pvt at the 127th. couldn't beleve it when i heard the news. rest in peace."
SSG Jon Normandin of Manahawkin, NJ

"Freedom was never free. That's why our fore fathers came to the realization when this nation started.

I am proud of you. Rest in Peace."
Spc. David Xiong of Fort Lewis, WA

"Vue its Scott. Your dipping buddy from the motor pool. I love you man, and am proud to say you are a part of my life. God bless you and your family, you will never be forgotten."
Trooper Ian Scott of Manning SC USA

You are so brave! Words alone cannot express my gratitude for you! Please be at peace!"
Xee Moua of Fresno, CA

"Hello Vue just wanting to say i miss you and i will never forget you.Rest my friend until we meet again."
SFC Tyson, Flournoy of FT. JACKSON .S.C

"Hey Vue

Its Iredale we served together in Iraq and I remember the day like it was yesterday when your life was taken from us. you were very loved by everyone who knew you. u had quick with and grin on your face like you never knew what was going to come out. We passed every morning or played pool at FOB falcon. I was always in the motorpool wether it be to work on my ASV or just to hang out with someone other then MPs. You are truly missed I keep u in my thoughts daily. I will see you again... we have a pool game to finish.... love you man!"
Carmon Iredale carmon_iredale2000@yahoo.com of IOWA

"Dear Thai,
The days of victory are at hands, and your name will be remembered!"
Timonthy Xiong of Chicago, IL

"Its bee 3 1/2 years sine you left and not a day goes by that I don't think of you. I served with you in Germany and still remember joking around with you in the barracks and motorpool. I was deely saddened when I heard of your passing. I wish your family all of the best. RIP my friend"
Sara Normandin (Cunningham) former MP 127th of New Jersey

"Mus zoo koj mog, Thaiv. Koj yog peb hmoob ib tug metub uas siab zoo. Peb sawvdaws nco koj kawg li. Yuav tav twg peb mam rov sib ntsib..."
Mai of Sacramento

"Although we've never met, I feel like I've known you all my life and like you are one of my closest friends. When your family lost you, I've also lost a true friend, too. We will NEVER forget our heroes who had died for freedom and righteousness!"
Sandy Yaj of South Sac. CA

"Dear Thai, you've taught me the importance of friendship and brotherhood! I want to show you my gratitude for what you've done. Today, tomorrow and beyond, I solute you, brother!"
Richard T. C of Salt Lake City, Utah

"Rest in peace Brother (a poem written by Travis Brown)

Rest in peace my brother you did not die in vain
Rest in peace my brother though we do not all know each other we all share a common pain
Rest in peace my brother though they protest us one day they will understand
Rest in peace my brother the people that you fought for will remember you allways
Rest in peace my brother the world will miss you so
Rest in peace my brother we will allways keep your memory alive
Rest in peace my brother and do not worry we will finish the mision with you in our hearts.
Rest in peace my brother we will carry you in our hearts for the rest of our lives
Rest in peace now brother for you will not be forgotten"
Sorrow of xxx

"Alan, thank you for giving us a opportunity to get to know your brother. We get a clear picture of who he is through your eyes and your message."
Kue Lee of Georgia

"Tub Thaiv, koj tus uas tau mus lawm ces koj tsis txob tsis txhawj lawm os, mog. Tiamsis tshuav koj niam koj txiv thiab koj tsev neeg nyob rau rov tom qab, xyov yuav muab koj nco tsawg niaj tsawg xyoo. Tsis muaj ib lo lus twg yuav los daws tau txojkev nco koj. Ntuj teb ib tag hmo dua, zej zog tsaug zog tas, tiamsis tshuav yus niam thiab yus txiv thiab yus tej kwv tsaug tsis taus ib qho zog. Ib hnub dhau mus ua ib xyoos, koj tsev neeg tau ib pluas zoo noj los yuav noj quaj dhuj dhev hauv lub siab tias tshuav tub Thaiv tsis tau noj."
unknown of California

"Thank you, Thai, for all that you have done. You are a brave brother, soldier and hero. We, as a Hmong community will never forget our brave brother. Even though you were forced to depart from us, you will live on in our everyday lives."
Lee Thao of St. Paul, MN

"I would like to thank Thai Vue's family for giving us the opportunity to get to know who he was. We love Thai and we support his family all the way."
x.x.x. of x.x.x...

"I do not know how or what to say, I was a medic/trauma nurse attached to the 127th MP company on FOB Falcon Iraq. We were mortored daily thier but this day that Thia fell the word medic was heard everywhere I ran as fast as I could and did everything humanly possible to help Thia, I think of him everyday, and many others I helped or tried to help in Iraq I am currently at FT Gordon Ga being medically reitired after my second tour in Iraq. I just wanted to tell the family we did everything we could for Thia and I was with him all the way till we put him on the medivac. I did'nt know Thia well but did my best. I wish your entire family all the peace and praise for the loss of Thia."
SSG Paul Mullis email far_away_soldier2002@yahoo.com of Ft Gordon, GA

"“To the family of Thai Vue”

My deepest sympathy to you and all that knew Thia Vue. I served with Thia in Germany and deployed with him to Iraq. It was hard for me to accept his passing. I remember that day as if it was yesterday. Till this day I could still hear the mortars coming in. During the mortar attack, I ran out and with the help of PFC wiseboard we carried Thia into the building and gave Thia first aid. It has been 3 years, and I think what could I have done different to save him or I should have ran faster to get him. Many things have crossed my mind and nothing will bring him back. To the family…….. I am sorry for your loss and I am proud to have served with Thia in the 127th Military Police Company !! If you would like to contact me you can e-mail me at mrsal_2000@msn.com SPC Vue I salute you !!"
SGT Salazar of Southern California

"Thai, your gentle smile and your work has touched many people's heart. I wish I had a chance to know you. You are so wonderful to your friends and families. They missed you so much, and I want to thank them for giving us a chance to know how a wonderful person you were. You are being missed."
K. L. Yang

"I would like to thank everyone for their kind words to my brother and our family. I’ve visit this site periodically, but have not been able to bring myself to leave a message. It’s been very hard trying to get use to the fact that my brother is gone. Just the thought of him bring tears to my eyes. I would have taken his place instantly if I could. He was my children’s favorite uncle and it’s hard to hear how they talk about how much they miss him and wish for him to come back. Even though it’s been 3 years, it’s still very difficult to discuss about his departure and the effects it left on our lives, but I’ve read all the kind things that everyone has said and I just wanted to let everyone know that your kind words are greatly appreciated. Thank you for all your love and support and especially for keeping the memory of my brother, Spc Thai Vue alive. For all of you service man and woman, our thoughts are prayers are with you always."
Mai Y. Vue-Yang of Sacramento, Ca


"Here is a poem dedicated to Thai Vue. The author is Amanda Linzi:

I miss you more than words can say,
I think of you each single day,
I love you like my sister and friend,
I'll always love you til the end,

The more i think, the more i weep,
at least i have memories to keep,
I know we'll meet again soon enough,
but i can't wait cos this is tough,

every time i see a pretty flower,
i think of you then my eyes shower,
every time i take out my photo pile,
i look at you and me and i smile,

all the memories i hold in my heart,
no need to miss you, we're not apart."

"I have not the chance to know you Thai, nor meet you. But all the messages that are written to you says a lot about you. You are someone's son, someone's brother, someone's life, and many's hero. You really are being missed, I wish you can see all the people who loves you and cares about you. I hope you can see how much you are being missed. Thank you for being such a great friend to many, and leaving behind your smile for all to miss."
Laseng Yang of C.A.

"hey man i have not forgotten you, i still think about you all the time, still got a picture of you up in my room miss you alot"
steve mason of providence, ri

"Dear Thai's Family,
I am sorry about the loss of Thai. He wants the very best for you all; I know that he loves you and misses you as much as you do for him too. Let us remember, honor and not forget our brother Thai Vue for all that he done for us. He lives on in our hearts."
Mai Tshaus Yaj of Sac town, CA

"Nyob zoo Thaiv niam, kuv xav kom koj paub tias koj tus metub tej txiaj ntsig peb yuav tsis nrauj. Yeej tsis muaj leejtwg xav tau txojkev no kiag li, txawm koj yuav mob siab npaum li cas los ua ib siab mog. Yog tub Thaiv tseem nyob ces kuv paub tias nws yeej yuav hlub koj, yog vim nws tsis nyob lawm es nws thiaj hlub tsis taus koj lawm xwb. Txawm yog nws mus rau qhov twg lawm los, kuv ntseeg tias nws yuav nco ntsoov txog nej mog. Es koj nyob los koj tsis txhob nco nco nws. Kuv ntseeg tias nws yuav ua ntsuj ua plig tsomkwm nej txhua tus."
Maiv Tshaus Yaj of Sacramento, CA

"No words can express our gratitude for what you have done. I just want to thank you from the bottom of my heart; may you find peace where ever you are. You and your loved ones will be in our thoughts and prayers. We miss you."
Pachia Yang of Sacramento, California

"Thai and Family-
I served with Thai in the 127th MP CO in Germany. I was saddened to hear of his passing in 2004. He will always be remembered in the hearts of his fellow Soldiers. We will never forget."
SGT Geoff Eggleston of Pueblo Colorado

"We are approaching the 3rd anniversary of your passing. I went to falcon a couple of months back and left some things there for you. I still hold you in such high regard...you left a big footprint in my heart for just being you....not to mention you are constantly in my dreams. When I roll out on the convoys and I would pray, I would also remember to ask you to look out for me too. If my sons grow up to be as wonderful of a man as you were I will be honored. You were and will always be a great Soldier in my eyes"
SSG Elizabeth Fizer (Roberts) of Camp Liberty, Baghdad

"i have not forgotten you , i think about you daily as i train these soldiers your family is in my prayers i love you as a father would love his son, keep watch over your family and you will never be forgotten"

My little boy thinks you are so brave and I just want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. It's been quite some time now since you've been gone. Your voice is being missed in your house. Your clothes, no one is wearing them any more. Life is just not the same without you. May you rest in peace in Eternity. God bless your soul!"
Pachia Yang of Sacramento, CA

"To the family of:Thai Vue I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. My heart cries out for you in your grief and you have my thoughts and prayers. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Prayerfully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need prayer or need someone to talk to, please call or write my pastor: Rev. John Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015. Your friend in Jesus Christ, Polly Ballew Covington,Ga"

"i miss you man , i know that i will see you one day , to the family you're in my blessings and i'm still touch by the lost of my friend and i will always remember you. you will never be forgotten."

"To the Vue family,
Losing a loved one is something that everyone fears the most,even though I don't know who Thai and his family is,my condolences goes out to his family.A special thanks goes out to Thai's brother Alan.Your words to your brother has touch me deeply because I have a younger brother who is in the Marine Corp and is in Iraq as of now.It's been over a year since I've seen him or even keep in contact with him.This has teach me to love my brother more and more in life.Thai,my fellow hmong brother,you'll always be remembered in everyone's heart."
Kenny Yang of Sacramento,CA

"Metub Thaiv, koj los ua koj niam thiab txiv ib zaug metub. Koj los ua nkawd lub chaw tshua. Koj niam thiab koj txiv nkawd yuav noj pluas qab los, lub siab tsis kheev vim koj tsis tau nrog nkawd noj. Nco ntsoov hais tias tiam no koj tau ua nkawd tus me tub, txawm tias koj nyob rau qhov twg, tig rov los hlub nkawd mog."
Niam Vaj Lis of Sacramento

"Metub Thaiv, koj los ua koj niam thiab txiv ib zaug metub. Koj los ua nkawd lub chaw tshua. Koj niam thiab koj txiv nkawd yuav noj pluas qab los, lub siab tsis kheev vim koj tsis tau nrog nkawd noj. Nco ntsoov hais tias tiam no koj tau ua nkawd tus me tub, txawm tias koj nyob rau qhov twg, tig rov los hlub nkawd mog."
Niam Vann Lis of Sacramento

"I miss you very much. I cry at the thought of you. I remeber opening the front door and seeing you there. I regret everytime I said "Oh, its just you." I never got to really say goodbye, but you were a big brother to me. I thank you for being my hero through all the years."
Mai Vue of Chico, California

"Hello Thai, it's been quite a while since you've been gone, but you are alive and strong in all of those who love you. I just want to let you know that I missed you a whole lot. Even though we haven't the chance to meet, you are my brother all the way."
Paj Yaj of Sacramento

"Hello there Thai, I've come to visit you once again. I just want to let you know that you are a hero to me. Thank you for being so brave. Through your sacrafice, we see freedom and love. You have taught me that love alone is more powerful than hate. You will truly be missed. Be at peace, and stand tall!!"
Tshaus Yaj of Sacramento, California

"I miss thai and will not forget him words can not explain the lost that i feel. thai and his family will always have a place in my heart, thai you may be gone but never i will never forget you GOD bless your family ."

"To the family of Thai Vue, I was privlaged to have served with Vue when I was an MP with the 127th. I was a new soldier and even though he was busy with his own work and we were not in the same "job" he still took the time out to say hello to me and introduce himself. He was a great and funny guy and he sure did know how to get our vehicals up and running. He will surly be missed but never forgotten and always in our hearts!

RIP Thai Vue!!!
Former MP of the 127th MP company

"To the Vue Family,
I served with Thai in Germany with the 127th MP Co. He was the first person I met at the barracks. Thai saw that I was having trouble using the phone to call to the states and he helped me without knowing me. Thats the type of person Thai was. He was a great Friend always willing to help. I know the pain I fell in losing a great friend is nothing compared to what you feel. Please know that he will be missed!"
SGT Sandoval, Daniel of Yongsan, Korea

"I don't know who Thai is or have ever heard of his name until the day my mom told me that she had heard that a Vue soldier was killed in Iraq. I served in Iraq in 2003 and I had met two Hmong-Vue soldiers and initially I thought that it might have been one of them. Later I found out that it wasn't, even then I was still sad and depressed. He was not only a fellow soldier, but a fellow Vue-brother.

More so than ever, I'm proud to be Hmong. For all the years that our people have struggled, we still have great heroes among us who still have the drive to make this country our home and to be part of its great Army to make it safe. I am proud to be a soldier, but even more so to be a Hmong-American soldier.

My prayers and thoughts are with his family. I don't know your son, or your brother, but in my heart I know that he is your hero, and he is mine."
SGT Houa Vue of Long Beach, Ca

"Ua tsaug Thaiv Vwj, uas koj tseem tau muab koj txojsia los pua tebchaws rau peb sawvdaws nyob thiab. Peb yuav nco ntsoov koj txojkev hlub thiab tej txiaj ntsim. Thov kom Tswv Ntuj txais koj tus ntsuj tus plig mus rau chaw tau zoo, thiab thov kom koj tej kev nyuaj siab dhau los ua kev zoo siab rau koj. Thov kom koj tsev neeg uas nyob rau tom qab tsuas muaj kev noj qab nyob zoo xwb! Mus zoo koj mog tus nus hmoob Vwj, of Willows, Ca!"
Tshaus Yaj of Sacramento, CA

"I went to school with Thai's brother Alan! I was sad to read in the stars and stripes about his sudden departure from this earth. I know a lot of the Vue family and my prayers are with each and everyone of them. I would like to let the Vue family know that There was someone from willows at his memorial in Hanau to pay respect. I am currently stationed in Germany and thought someone should be there! My prayers are with you and I give my condolenses!"
SPC Jacquie White of Wiesbaden Germany

"HEY Vue , man i miss you , i know you are in good hands. I love you and may god watch over your family.I made it thur DRILL SERGEANT SCHOOL and every soldier reminds me of you, i see bush and you every time i talk to these young soldiers. i will never forget you and the times we had ."
Drill Sergeant Tyson of FT. Jackson,SC

"Hi!!I just wanted to say to Thai Vue that it's been a year and you are gone. we just wanted to say hi to you..may god bless you ...hope to see you soon."
Cindy of Willows,CA

"It's been a year and i'm still having a hard time dealing with the lost of my friend and fellow soldier, i miss you VUE,there is never a day that i don't think about you and your family .i feel like part of me left me 18 june 2004. the chain of command had no idea that you where the key person in the section , but i knew that's why the trusted you with my life, The chain of command could never understand the love that i have for you and the other soldiers in the section. may god make your family strong and you will never be forgotten in the TYSON FAMILY HOUSE."
SSG Tyson, Flournoy of FT. JACKSON .S.C

"To Thais family...
I knew Vue well him and I ran together when we were in Germany I have been very fortunate to have served along side him for the three years he was with the 127th mp co.We went to kosuvo together and countless field problems i have never in all my life met anyone that i could count on or wish any one i could have had by my side.Thai was my best friend and took along time to except he is gone.Thai was the type not to talk about personal things to people but i was one of the exceptions i was fortunate to know vue any a way that only one other outside his family knew because i two was his family, Nancy and the rest of Thai's loved one's just know that he loved you all and spoke of you fondley expecially his nephew.I am now back in germany and often i often feel the anger that i felt on that day the mortars were coming in.........but i know Vue and i know he is with our lord. God Bless his family his friends and anyone who has had the chance to meet Thai as a person not a soldier!"

"nyob zoo ib tsoom kwv tij hmoob neej tsa sauv daws ntaum no kuv yog Thai Vue niam kuv zoo siab thiab ua nej txhua leej txhua tus tsaug ntau ntau uas nej sau ntau ntau heev tuaj rau peb tsev neeg thiab ua tsaug rau Thai Vue kuv thov hais rau nej tias tsis muaj ib yam dab tsis uas yuav ua tsaug rau ne li tsuas yog sau ntauv no ua nej txhua leej txhua tus tsaug xub nyob zoo nej sawv daws

ntaum no tub Thaiv kuv yog koj niam koj puas paub hais tias hauv lub ntiaj teb no tsis muaj ib yam dab tsi uas yuav los ua tau koj niam zoo siab li tsuas yog koj xwb nco ntsoov hais tiag koj niam hlub thiab nco koj tshaj plaus li no naub mog thov kom wb tau rov los ua niam tub dua niam hlub koj mog"
Chia Thao of Willows, CA

Through your sacrifice, you have made this a better place for every Hmong-American. Thanks, Brother and fellow soldier."
Je Moua of Saint Paul, MN

"Many people have told me to keep my love ones close, but I never thought that the person who I love the most would be taken from me. Thank you for everything my dear brother. You will always remain in my heart and you will always be remembered as a brave and wonderful brother that I once had. Friendship is created by dependacy and love. Brotherhood by faith and trust. I am very grateful that we have had the opportunity to experience both. As my friend, you will never be forgotten, as my brother you will always be with me. I know I have never told you I love you before so I'm telling you now."I love you bro!" Watch over the family, boyz, and all the soldiers who are still fighting overseas. Take good care of yourself and I'll see you soon. -To all the generous people who have shown their love and support, thank you very much. Love you all!"
Alan Vue of Willows, CA

"Many people have told me to keep my love ones close, but I never thought that the person who I love the most would be taken from me. Thank you for everything my dear brother. You will always remain in my heart and you will always be remembered as a brave and wonderful brother that I once had. Friendship is created by dependacy and love. Brotherhood by faith and trust. I am very grateful that we have had the opportunity to experience both. As my friend, you will never be forgotten, as my brother you will always be with me. I know I have never told you I love you before so I'm telling you now."I love you bro!" Watch over the family, boyz, and all the soldiers who are still fighting overseas. Take good care of yourself and I'll see you soon. -To all the generous people who have shown their love and support, thank you very much. Love you all!

Thai's bro, Alan Vue"
Alan Vue of Willows, CA

"I am too part of the Vue Clan. My prayers go out to the Vue Family for their lost and to Thai Vue. Even though we've never met; you are acknowledged and a hero. Rest in peace cousin."
Se Vue of Federal, WA

"To all the wonderful families-

I am sincerly sorry for all of your losses. I don't have a son, all daughters under the age of 10. But to lose a child would be a great loss even if it for "freedom". Those men and women are brave to go out there and fight for what they believe in. I am not sure if I can say I could do that. Especially for this war we are fighting.
A few months ago I "adopted" a solider. His name is Jose Barajas. He is in Camp Falcon. I haven't heard from him in over a month. My prayers and thoughts are with him along with the rest of the soliders.
I love that song called Letters From Home. I think its by John Michael Mongmory. Its hard to listen to that song and not cry. But it brings reality to my world.
Keep up the great work. Love you all."
Bette Harvey of Susanville , Ca. USA

"To the Vue family my prays are with you he will be missed by many . I served with him in OIFII as his squad leader .I loved him like a father loves his son ,words can't explain the lost I feel or the soldiers in our section."
SSG Tyson of Camp Falcon

"Thai I am so glad that i got the pleasure of knowing for so long i wish others would have had the same. You were a wonderful uncle, brother in law and soldier."
Lela Soard (Sister in law) of Tacoma WA

"Whoever you were, I really wished to know about you. You were my ancestor. I'm part of the Vue clan so I hope our lastnames that are Vue stay alive and strong. You will remembered well, from the days of my ancestors of the Vue line."
DarLing of Florida, US

"Whoever you were, I really wished to know about you. You were my ancestor. I'm part of the Vue clan so I hope our lastnames that are Vue stay alive and strong. You will remembered well, from the days of my ancestors of the Vue line."
DarLing of Florida

"Thanks for being the greatest cousin anyone can ask for. You will always be in my memories. I will never forget you and all the fun times we had growing up. Rest in Peace.
Always your cousin."
Thai Va Vue of Sacramento,CA

"I myself am a Vue. When I read the story is the local Hmong newspaper, tears were shed and sorrow was felt. Kuv yog ib tug ntxais hmoob vwj thiab. Even though, I haven't met your family, I feel the grief that you are going through. A lost for one family is a lost to everyone. Thai is a real hero and he will be missed greatly as a brother, friend, and son. May god bless all the hero that gave their lives for a better tomorrow..."
Maiv of Saint Paul, Minnesota

"To the family of SPC Vue,
It took awhile for me to accept he is gone. He was a true Warrior, and I loved him very much, like my own son. I served over 3 years in the 127th with SPC Vue, I will never forget him."
SGT Fizer of Baghdad, Iraq

"When I first read this story online in my local paper, my heart broke. I cried at work. The next day, I re-read the article and searched for more. I was crying real tears. The image of this brave but scared young man, who wanted to live, who had found true love and planned to go to college and make a good life, was suddenly gone. I never knew him, but will never forget his story, how he emailed his fiancee hours before he lost his life. I honor his courage and am still sad by his loss. Rest in peace, people who never met you, mourn your loss."
Tami of San Francisco

"To the Vue Family and friends, I was stationed with Spc Vue with the 127 mp co. My heart goes out to his family, he was truly a really good friend. I pray that he rest in peace, i'll never forget him."
Timothy Willard of Homestead, Fl

"Thank you brave soldier for sacrificing your today for my children's safer tomorrow. You have our utmost respect and gratitude. May God provide your family with comfort in their time of sorrow. May you forever rest in Heavenly peace. Neither you nor your sacrifice will be forgotten. For the family/friends: May time provide loving memories in place of present sorrows. In the infinite meadows of Heaven the bright shining stars bloom...the forget-me-nots of angels. God bless you and thank you."
a grateful family in arizona

"To Thai's family:

I know we don't each other, but as an ex-soldier and a Hmong Vue myself, I am very sad to have lost a brother. We Hmong Vues are all from ONE FAMILY. I share all your griefs.

Ua Tsaug"
Za Vue of Atlanta, GA

""To our fellow hmong soldier, friends and family of thai vue, Our sympathy goes out to you. My husband of 6/52 ADA and I send our prayers to you all, may you rest in peace.""
-O&K Chang of ansbach, germany

"To Vue family and friends,
I was stationed with SPC Vue with the 127th MPs. He was a great guy, works very hard and loves to play hard as well. You are going to be missed."
A.W of Ft. Steward, GA

"Specialist Vue, goodbye soldier and thank you. You are my hero."
Bill of Houston, Texas

"My sympathy goes out to his family. Me and the Hmong Sailors of the USS Abraham lincoln sends our condolences to his family may you rest in peace."
PO3 Xiong,Tou of USS Abraham Lincoln

"To Thai's Family:
There are no words to express the sorrow we feel for your loss. May God bless you and help you through this time."
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"To the Vue family:

My deepest sympathy goes out to you. I was unlucky to never had the chance to meet Thai in the service. My prayers are with you in this most difficult time and I thank you for his sacrifice. We will never forget!"
SGT KHAM VANG of California

"To the friends and family of Thai Vue,
I knew SPC Vue while i was an mp with the 127th Military Police Co. he was a good an funny guy. he will be deaply missed."
m.d of california

"Dear Vue Family: I am so very sorry for your loss. Words can never express how thankful I am that men and women, like Thai are fighting for our country and sacraficing their lives for our freedom. Thai is and will always be an American Hero. Because of soldiers like Thai I am extremely proud to be a Californian and American. God Bless Thai's family and friends.
Thai: THANK YOU. May you rest in peace."
Jessica Franco of Rio Vista, CA

"I can't believe you are gone bro. I am deeply saddened that we didn't get to know each other more. To Thai's family I can only hope your family will be able to cope with the loss of your son. I was happy to have known and met him and my deepest sympathy to his family and friends."
Tom Vue of Fort Irwin, CA

"To Thai Vue's Family and Friends:

On behalf of the Blanco-Caldas family, we send our sincerest condolences. We share the same loss ... the same pain. Our prayers are with you in this most difficult time and we thank you for his bravery and sacrifice.


The Family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, 82nd Airborne
KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.
Gloria Caldas (Ernie's mom) of San Antonio, TX

Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief. Your HERO, Thai, will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"Thank you Thai Vue, you will not be forgotten. Your bravery goes beyond words. I want to express my deepest gratitude for your sacrifice. To the family and friends, my prayers and deep condolences in your loss. May God strengthen you from knowing that fellow Americans and people around the world care about you and grieve with you in your loss. God bless you all. A very appreciative fellow American,"
Leo Titus of Grayslake, Illinios

"To the family and friends of Spc. Thai Vue:
May God's grace be with you during your time of grief. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and we feel your loss and share in your sorrow. Bless Thai for the sacrifice he has made to make a better life for the rest of us."
The Ford Family of Wells, Nevada

"To the family and friends of Spc. Thai Vue:
I am saddened by the loss of your loved one. He will always be remembered as a hero for fighting for freedom. I hope that this website will be a source of comfort and encouragement for you during this difficult time, and in the future as you recall the memories of Thai, who continues to live on in your heart."
Tim Rivera of Powder Springs, Georgia

Honor them by remembering... Freedom - is their gift to us But his soul goes marching on