A ceremony to transfer two sets of remains believed to be of American servicemen who died during the Viet Nam War was held at Da Nang International Airport on 18 June. Representatives of the US Consulate General in HCM City, the Viet Nam Office for Seeking Missing Persons (VNOSMP) and the U.S. Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) attended the ceremony.
The repatriation ceremony at the Da Nang International Airport
DPAA and Vietnamese unilateral recovery teams located these remains during the 127th Joint Field Activity (JFA), which took place in the central provinces of Viet Nam from May 6 to June 18, 2017.
Prior to the repatriation ceremony, a team of U.S. and Vietnamese forensic scientists examined the remains and recommended that they be transported to DPAA’s laboratory in Hawaii for further testing.
Addressing the ceremony, the U.S. Government representative expressed his gratitude and appreciation for the steadfast humanitarian policies, good-will, and increasingly efficient cooperation of the Vietnamese government and people.
This is the 141th hand-over of American servicemen’s remains since the end of US combat involvement in 1973.