A ceremony was held at Da Nang International Airport on June 22 to repatriate remains of US servicemen who died during the war in Vietnam.
Present on the Vietnamese side were representatives from the Vietnam Office for Seeking Missing Personnel (VNOSMP) and, on the US side, the Consul General of the US. General Consulate in Ho Chi Minh City, Le Thanh An, and representatives from the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC).
The Vietnam Government representative handed over to the US Government representative two boxes of remains which were recovered during the 103rd Joint Field Activities from May to June, 2011 and turned over by Vietnamese citizens. These remains were jointly reviewed and concluded by Vietnam and US forensic specialists hat they might be associated with the US servicemen missing during the war in Vietnam and recommended to bring to Hawaii, United States, for further review. This is the 119th hand-over of American missing servicemen’s remains since 1973.
Addressing the Repatriation Ceremony, the US Government representative expressed deep gratitude and high appreciation for the steadfast humanitarian policy, good-will and the increasingly efficient cooperation of the Vietnam Government and people.
During the 103 rd Joint Field Activities, a United States Navy’s oceanographic vessel – the USNS Bowditch – has also been allowed by the Government of Vietnam to conduct survey missions in Vietnamese territory in support for the humanitarian search for unaccounted American missing servicemen during the war in Vietnam.
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