US soldiers' remains formally repatriated
HA NOI (VNS) — A repatriation ceremony for the remains of American servicemen who died during the war in Viet Nam was held yesterday at Da Nang International Airport.
Attending the ceremony were representatives from the Board of Directors of Viet Nam Office for Seeking Missing Personnel (VNOSMP) and representatives of the U.S. Embassy in Ha Noi, Office of Defense Attache, the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) and the U.S MIA Office in Ha Noi.
The Vietnamese side's representative handed over to the U.S. one box of remains, which was turned in by Vietnamese citizens during the 113rd Joint Field Activities from October to December, 2013.
The remains had been jointly examined by Viet Nam and U.S. forensic specialists, to determine whether they were U.S. servicemen who went missing during the war in Viet Nam and were recommended to bring to Hawaii, United States, for further examination.
Speaking at the repatriation ceremony, the U.S. Government Representative expressed deep gratitude and appreciation for the steadfast humanitarian policy, good will and increasingly efficient cooperation of the Vietnamese Government and people.
Seeking the remains of U.S. servicemen missing from the war in Viet Nam is an example of humanitarian cooperation between the Viet Nam Government and the U.S Government. This is the 129th hand-over of missing American servicemen's remains since 1973. — VNS