Hogs Exit: Jerry Daniels, The Hmong, And The Cia (Modern Southeast Asia Series)
Publish Date: 2013-07-17
Author: Gayle L. Morrison
It just didnt sit right. Not with his friends, not with his coworkers, not with his hunting and fishing buddies, and certainly not with his family. The American Embassy in Bangkok had reported the accidental death of Jerry Hog Daniels by carbon monoxide poisoning. Three decades later, his family and most of his friends remain unconvinced that the U.S. government told them the truth about his death. As a former CIA case officer to legendary Hmong leader General Vang Pao during the secret war in Laos, Jerry Daniels was experienced, smart, and careful. Those who knew him well said he wasnt the type to die as reported. Raising even more doubts, his casket was Permanently Sealed by the U.S. State Department before being shipped home to Missoula, Montana, where he was honored with a three-day funeral ceremony organized by his former comrades-in-arms, the Hmong hilltribe warriors from Laos. This book examines the unique personality and reported death of a man who was a pivotal agent in U.S./Hmong history. Friends and family share their memories of Daniels growing up in Montana, cheating death in Laos, and carousing in the bars and brothels of Thailand. First-person accounts from Americans and Hmong, ranchers and refugees, State Department officials and smokejumpers capture both human and historical stories about the life of this dedicated and irreverent individual and offer speculation on the unsettling circumstances of his death. Equally important, Hogs Exit is the first complete account in English to document the drama and beauty of the Hmong funeral process. Hogs Exit provides a fascinating view of a man and the two very different cultures in which he lived.