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US war remains flown to Hawaii for identification

Update: April, 15/2013 - 10:04

HA NOI (VNS)— A repatriation ceremony for the remains of a US serviceman who died during the American War in Viet Nam was held yesterday at Da Nang International Airport.

Representatives from the Viet Nam Office for Seeking Missing Personnel (VNOSMP) and representatives from the US Defence Attache Office, the US Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) and the US MIA Office in Ha Noi attended the ceremony.

The remains that were handed over yesterday were recovered during the 110th Joint Field Activity from March to April this year. A joint analysis of the remains by Vietnamese and US forensic specialists concluded that they might be that of a US soldier killed during the war in Viet Nam, and recommended the remains be taken to Hawaii for further examination.

Addressing the ceremony, a US Government representative expressed high appreciation for the steadfast humanitarian policy, goodwill, and co-operation of the Vietnamese Government and people in repatriating the remains of US servicemen and women.

Recovering the remains of US servicemen killed during the war in Viet Nam is a joint humanitarian effort between the Viet Nam and US Governments. Yesterday's handover was the 126th repatriation of remains since 1973. — VNS


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