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US servicemen's remains repatriated

Update: June, 26/2015 - 09:08

DA NANG (VNS) — Viet Nam gave the US three boxes containing the remains of US servicemen who died during the war in Viet Nam.

A ceremony was held on Wednesday in Da Nang International Airport to mark the repatriation.

The remains were recovered by joint teams during the 119th Joint Field Activities from May to June.

Attending the ceremony on the Vietnamese side were representatives from the Board of Directors of the Viet Nam Office for Seeking Missing Personnel (VNOSMP). On the US side, representatives from the US Consulate General in HCM City, the US Defense Attache Office, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) and the US MIA Office in Ha Noi attended.

The remains were reviewed by Vietnamese and US forensic specialists, who recommended they be sent to Hawaii for further review.

Addressing the ceremony, a US Government representative expressed deep gratitude and appreciation for the steadfast humanitarian policies, goodwill and efficiency of the Vietnamese Government.

The countries are co-operating on seeking the remains of US servicemen who went missing during the war in Viet Nam. This is the 135th handover of American servicemen's remains since 1973. — VNS



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