Repatriation ceremony held for US servicemen’s remains

Last update 18:54 | 13/12/2017

A ceremony was held at Noi Bai International Airport in the capital city of Hanoi on December 13 to repatriate remains of US servicemen who died during the war in Vietnam. 

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At the ceremony (Source: dantri.com.vn)

Representatives from the Board of Directors of Vietnam Office for Seeking Missing Personnel (VNOSMP) were present at the ceremony. On the US side there were Vice Ambassador of the US to Vietnam Caryn McClelland, the Military Attaché of the US Embassy in Hanoi, and representatives of the Defence POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) and the US MIA Office in Hanoi.

The Vietnamese side handed over to the US side four boxes of remains that were recovered in Dien Bien, Nghe An, Ha Tinh, and Quang Ninh during the 129th Joint Field Activities from October to December 2017.

The remains had been jointly reviewed and concluded by Vietnam and US forensic specialists that they might be associated with the US servicemen missing during the war in Vietnam and were recommended to bring to Hawaii, the US, for further review.

Addressing the ceremony, the US Government representative expressed deep gratitude and appreciation for the steadfast humanitarian policy, good-will and the efficient cooperation of the Government and people of Vietnam.

The search for remains of US servicemen missing during the war in Vietnam is humanitarian cooperation between the Governments of Vietnam and the US.

This is the 142nd hand-over of missing American servicemen’s remains since 1973.

This year Vietnam and the US have conducted four joint field activities, resulting in the discovery and repatriation of nine sets of remains, three of which were found by the Vietnamese side. –VNA

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