A veteran from Vietnam stands up to armed carjackers on Memorial Day

A veteran from Vietnam stands up to armed carjackers on Memorial Day

Jacob Goings

A Wisconsin man who had a war experience helping US troops in Laos during the Vietnam War reversed the rules on a trio of carjackers caught on surveillance on Memorial Day.

The veteran named Saylee Vang was stepping out of his house to walk to his garden in Milwaukee, Wisconsin when suddenly three young men attempted to rob him at gunpoint. The video obtained by FOX6 shows one of the men pointing a gun at the 66-year-old man demanding his car keys.

“Scariest thing would be losing my dad right there. I saw on the video they actually had a gun pointed at him. I’m glad he’s still here though,” said Yimleej Vang, the veteran’s son. “He is a good person, and I wish I was as strong as him,” said freshman Sam Stallbaum.

Saylee Vang said that he reversed the rules on the thieves by chasing them away. Afterwards, he returned to his vehicle, and attempted to follow them. Saylee Vang said that one of the victims shot at him and his car four times, with all of them missing but one, with the stray bullet striking a neighbor’s car. Luckily, the veteran was not injured.

“Very startled but he said he was in the war, Vietnam War,” said Yimleej Vang, “It doesn’t really faze him. He looked at them and said, ‘Today is not my day to go.'”

According to Yimleej Vang, his father, Saylee Vang, served in Laos, helping the U.S. troops from 1971 to 1975, until coming to the US in 1979.