Yia Lee worked with the propaganda arm of the United States Information Service. Lee was the last soldier to leave Long Cheng after the evacuation. He stayed for a day or two after the Pathet Lao and North Vietnamese soldiers took over the town. He then joined the other Hmong who had been unable to get on the planes and they walked for about 15 days to get to Vientiane. Lee describes this journey as the saddest time of his life.
Yia Lee is a disc jockey in St Paul, MN.