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Hanoi (VNA) – A ceremony was held at the Noi Bai international airport in Hanoi on December 9 to hand over four sets of remains believed to be of US servicemen who went missing in action during the war.

The remains were discovered during the 125th joint field activity between Vietnam and the US, conducted between October and December this year.

The remains will be sent to Hawaii for further examination.

This is the 139th transfer of American servicemen’s remains since 1973.

Speaking at the ceremony, a US Government official hailed the humanitarian policy, goodwill and cooperation of the Vietnamese Government and people in searching for US servicemen missing in action during the war.

Searching for the remains of US servicemen in Vietnam is part of humanitarian cooperation between the Vietnamese and US Governments.

The two-decade war in Vietnam claimed the lives of 58,000 Americans and at least three million Vietnamese. -VNA