As one of many first Montagnard freedom fighters to reach in Greensboro, he was employed on one other entrance Native
“Over the years he has answered so many 911 calls, drives to the emergency room and accident sites, and other calls for help at 2 a.m. that we thought the best way to honor his legacy is to have his work recognized,” said Liana Adrong, managing the non-profit organization coordinator and social worker who succeeds him.
Hlong is calm and patient with a calming demeanor that attracts attention.
“He’s the most humble person you will ever find,” said Raleigh Bailey, founding director of the Center for New North Carolinians, who also oversaw the AmeriCorps Accessing Cross Cultural Education Service Systems Project, in which Hlong would participate.
Hlong, for example, would not tell Bailey, also a longtime board member, that he was going to do his PhD at John Wesley University at the Ministry.
Hlong was also one of the most loyal Americans. He was one of the front line fighters who continued fighting to evacuate the Americans.
When the soldiers withdrew in 1973, the government had promised not to abandon them, Hlong recalled.
“They said they would come back and deliver,” said Hlong. “We kept looking and searching and searching.”
The Special Forces stationed at Fort Bragg kept their word and continued to urge the elected officials to do something.