James Her became a soldier in 1953, fighting with the French when he was a teenager.  He started fighting with General Vang Pao and the Americans when he was 18.

Her was left behind when Vang Pao and his top colonels were flown out of Long Cheng by the CIA.  He pretended to be on his way to plant rice in order to escape from the North Vietnamese who had immediately taken over.  Her stayed in the refugee camps in Thailand for several years helping Jerry Daniels build houses for the Hmong refugees. 

Chia Her now lives in St Paul, MN and is a member of the Lao Vets Association.