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S.R. No. 206, as introduced: 91st Legislative Session (2019-2020) Posted on February 27, 2020

1.1A Senate resolution
1.2honoring the service of Jou Chue Her.
1.3WHEREAS, those who serve in the United States armed forces are to be commended for
1.4their heroic service in defense of our country and in the spread of freedom and democracy throughout
1.5the world; and
1.6WHEREAS, Jou Chue Her enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1961 and was
1.7assigned to the Special Guerilla Unit before being sent to Ho Hien, Thailand, in 1962 for six months
1.8of basic training; and
1.9WHEREAS, upon completing his training, Her immediately started his tour of duty with a
1.10reconnaissance unit, serving from 1962 to 1966. Her's unit worked along the Ho Chi Minh trail
1.11that ran through the jungles of Laos and was heavily involved with infiltrating the North Vietnamese
1.12Army and relaying critical information on the army's movements and whereabouts. Information
1.13gained by Her's unit was used by both the United States and Hmong military forces to coordinate
1.14attacks on the North Vietnamese Army; and
1.15WHEREAS, Her's tour ended in 1966, after which he immediately enrolled in civilian training
1.16and began working for USAID. He held a position as a warehouse manager for eight years, and,
1.17during his tenure with USAID, Her's responsibilities included maintaining and managing food,
1.18medicine, and clothing supply inventory in Long Chien, Laos, and ensuring that sufficient supply
1.19shipments were properly loaded and dropped at remote stations in northern Laos. The supplies Her
1.20oversaw were used to sustain soldiers and civilians who were trapped in the most remote and
1.21inaccessible locations in the country; and
1.22WHEREAS, Her served the United States until the end of the war, where he lost a number
1.23of close friends and family members due to the conflict. In addition to his military service, Her
1.24worked as a social worker in Wisconsin, helping to resettle Hmong immigrants until the late 1980s
1.25when he became unable to work; and
1.26WHEREAS, Her is survived by loving family, including his wife, Ka Yang Her, a brother,
1.27a sister, three sons, a daughter, and 14 grandchildren; and
1.28NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Senate of the State of Minnesota that it
1.29recognizes the service of Jou Chue Her.
1.30BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Secretary of the Senate is directed to prepare an
1.31enrolled copy of this resolution, to be authenticated by the Secretary's signature and that of the
1.32Chair of the Senate Rules and Administration Committee, and transmit it to the family of Jou Chue
Cal R. LudemanSecretary of the Senate Paul E. GazelkaChair, Senate Committee onRules and Administration
Foung HawjState Senator, District 67

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