Hanoi: US holds 139th repatriation ceremony

(CPV) – The US Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA), the Vietnam Office for Seeking Missing Persons (VNOSMP) just co-hosted held its 139th repatriation ceremony at Hanoi-based Noi Bai International Airport.

During the ceremony, Vietnam officially transferred custody of remains believed to be those of US personnel missing from the Vietnam War.

Joint US-Vietnamese recovery teams located these remains during the 125th Joint Field Activity which took place in North and Central Vietnam from October 27th to December 9th, 2016.

Photos: US Embassy Hanoi

Photos: US Embassy Hanoi


Photos: US Embassy Hanoi

Photos: US Embassy Hanoi

“During the last search mission in Vietnam, 76 dedicated Americans and their Vietnamese partners excavated six sites. They worked in some of the most unforgiving terrain and weather conditions. The mission successfully recovered through excavation or received from Vietnamese citizens four sets of remains to be further examined in DPAA’s Central Identification Lab in Hawaii. We are so grateful for their sacrifice and dedication to this noble cause,” said US Ambassador to Vietnam Ted Osius.

Since 1985, US-Vietnamese joint personnel accounting cooperation – through the Defense Prisoner of War/Missing in Action (POW/MIA) Accounting Agency and its predecessors in coordination with the Vietnam Office for Seeking Missing Persons – led to the accounting of 711 Americans in Vietnam and a total of 1,028 from countries associated with the Vietnam War.

There are around 1,260 Americans still unaccounted-for in Vietnam from the war./.

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