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Soldiers' remains repatriated to US

Update: June, 23/2014 - 07:53
The remains of US servicemen who died during the war in Viet Nam were handed over to the US yesterday at a ceremony held at Da Nang International Airport. — Photo thanhnien

HA NOI (VNS) — The remains of US servicemen who died during the war in Viet Nam were handed over to the US yesterday at a ceremony held at Da Nang International Airport.

Attending the ceremony were representatives from the board of directors of the Viet Nam Office for Seeking Missing Personnel and representatives from the US Consulate General in HCM City, the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) and the US MIA Office in Ha Noi.

The remains were recovered during the 115th Joint Field Activities that took place in May and June this year.

The bodies have been jointly examined by Vietnamese and US forensic specialists who have confirmed they might be associated with missing US servicemen. Their remains will be sent to Hawaii for further tests.

Addressing the repatriation ceremony, a US government representative expressed his country's deep gratitude and appreciation for the steadfast humanitarian policy, goodwill and increasingly efficient co-operation of the Vietnamese Government and people.

The search for the remains of US servicemen that went missing during the war in Viet Nam is part of the humanitarian efforts being made by the Vietnamese and US governments.

This was the 131st handover of American servicemen who went missing in action since 1973. — VNS

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