While some Vietnam veterans attacked the Army's refusal to bury Gen. Vang Pao at Arlington National Cemetery, his family said Saturday he might prefer resting closer to his Orange County home.
"He never expressed where he would like to be buried when he was alive," his eldest son, Francois Chao Vang, said on the second day of Vang's traditional Hmong funeral. "Maybe it's Father's wish that he stay here in California, close to family – if he's there no one can go to see him."
Vang, who died of heart failure Jan. 6, has been called the greatest general of the Vietnam War by some U.S. Special Forces veterans who fought alongside Vang's guerrilla army from 1961 to 1975.
More than 35,000 Hmong jungle fighters died battling the North Vietnamese army to a standstill at the Plain of Jars, and rescuing dozens of downed U.S. pilots along the Ho Chi Minh trail.