The Secret Army

  The following is a series of articles about the U.S. Government finally recognizing the fact that there was indeed a war being fought in Laos during the Vietnam War.
  These articles pay tribute not only to Captain Hicks, but also to the Laotian Hmong and the other brave men and women who fought during this "Secret War".
  Captain D.L. "Pappy" Hicks, Chief of the Tsalagiyi Nvdagi "Cherokee in Texas", and also known by his war name "Utsidihi", has been a friend of the Hmong for almost forty years.

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A secret army no more.
Counterparts' D.L. "Pappy" Hicks Honored by Hmong Leaders in Washington
"Secret Army" Recognition Ceremonies.
Covert Operations Recognized.
In Recognition of Captain D.L. "Pappy" Hicks.
Photographs of the Secret Army
Recognition Ceremony and Formations.
1997, 1998, and 1999
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POW/MIA - You Are Not Forgotten
Background: Formation of the Secret Army in Washington, D.C.
May 14, 1999.
Original photograph courtesy of Chief Hicks.