HA NOI (VNS) — Four boxes of remains thought to be of US servicemen who died during the war in Viet Nam were handed over to a US agency at a repatriation ceremony on Saturday at Ha Noi's Noi Bai International Airport.
The remains were handed over by Vietnamese people and recovered by joint teams during the 121st Joint Field Activities from October to December, 2015.
The remains have been jointly reviewed and concluded by Viet Nam and US forensic specialists that they might be associated with the US servicemen missing during the war in Viet Nam and were recommended to bring to Hawaii, the US, for further review.
Attending the ceremony, for the Vietnamese side were representatives from the Board of Directors of Viet Nam Office for Seeking Missing Persons, and, for the US side, were US Ambassador to Viet Nam Ted Osius, representative of the US Defence Attache Office, the Defence POW/MIA Accounting Agency and the US MIA Office in Ha Noi.
Addressing the repatriation ceremony, the US Government representative expressed deep gratitude and appreciation for the steadfast humanitarian policy, good-will and the increasingly efficient co-operation of the Vietnamese Government and people.
The seeking of the remains of US servicemen missing during the war in Viet Nam is a humanitarian co-operation between the Vietnamese Government and the US Government.
This is the 137th hand-over of the remains of missing American servicemen since 1973. — VNS