Lieutenant Colonel Neng Vang (Vang Neng) was born January 5, 1942 and passed peacefully on February 11, 2020. He wore many hats during his rich and fulfilling life, to include soldier, refugee leader and most importantly, father, grandfather and great grandfather. Early in his life, he proudly served as a soldier in the Royal Lao Army. With the war in Vietnam quickly spreading into Laos, he was eventually recruited into the US Central Intelligence Agency’s Special Guerilla Army in the Secret War in Laos for Military Region II. He served as the Assistant Commander in Military Region II with the iconic Hmong leader Major General Vang Pao. Their missions during the war were to contain the spread of communism in Laos, rescue fallen American pilots, and help block off the Ho Chi Minh Trail in northern Laos. After the end of the war, he resettled in Thailand with the assistance of the United Nations and United States in Ban ViNai Refugee Camp in Loei, Thailand. From 1979 to 1982, he was chosen to lead the many thousands of Hmong in the refugee camp who had been displaced by the war in Laos. On Christmas Eve, 1982, he resettled in Mobile, Alabama. While in the US, his life journey would take him and his family from Mobile, Alabama to Lansing, Michigan and then to his eventual home of Troy, North Carolina in 1988. He continued to serve as a leader, advisor, and role model to his Hmong American community throughout the United States until his passing. However, his proudest accomplishment in life is being that of a loving father, grandfather and great grandfather. He is survived by his two wives, 9 sons of North Carolina, 1 daughter of Michigan and 3 brothers of North Carolina. He also leaves 27 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren and a host of nephews, nieces and other relatives that live throughout the United States. He is preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Chong Kao Vang, 4 brothers and 5 sisters. The family would like to extend our gratitude and appreciation to the Montgomery County first responders and the physicians and staff at Moore Regional Hospital for their prompt and professional treatment of our father in his last moments of life. The family will receive friends Thursday evening, March 12, 2020 at Pugh-Troy Funeral Home, 211 N. Main St., Troy, NC, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. A Funeral Service will be held at Camp John J. Barnhardt, 44184 Cannon Road, New London, NC 28127 beginning Friday March 13, 2020 at 8:00 AM through Sunday, March 15, 2020 at 1:00 PM. Burial will follow at Stanly Gardens of Memory, Hwy 24/27, Albemarle, NC. On-line condolences may be made at www.pughfuneralhome.com. Pugh-Troy Funeral Home is serving the family of Neng Vang.