US soldier's remains repatriated

By VNA   July 31, 2023 | 12:06 am PT
US soldier's remains repatriated
The remains of a U.S. soldier are repatriated from the Da Nang International Airport, July 29, 2023. Photo courtesy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
A ceremony to repatriate the remains believed to be of a U.S. soldier listed as missing in action (MIA) from the war in Vietnam was held at the Da Nang International Airport on Saturday.

At the ceremony, the 162nd of its kind, representatives from the Vietnam Office for Seeking Missing Persons (VNOSMP) handed over the remains to the U.S. side which included U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam Marc E. Knapper and representatives of U.S. MIA Office in Hanoi.

The remains were found as a result of the 151st joint field activity which lasted from May to July 2023.

Vietnamese forensic specialists examined the remains and determined that they might belong to a U.S. MIA from the war in Vietnam. The U.S. side will transfer the remains to Hawaii for further verification.

The efforts to search and account for U.S. MIAs, including joint ones, have been implemented by the two governments since the late 1980s. To date, over 730 U.S. MIAs have been identified.

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