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Da Nang (VNA) - A repatriation ceremony of remains of US servicemen who died during the war in Vietnam was held at Da Nang International Airport on September 17.

Attending the event, for the Vietnamese side, were representatives from the Board of Directors of Vietnam Office for Seeking Missing Personnel (VNOSMP) and, for the US side, were representatives of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency and the US MIA Office in Hanoi.

The Vietnamese side’s representatives handed over to the US side a set of remains found by joint and unilateral excavation teams during the 132st Joint Field Activities from July to September 2018.

The remains had been jointly reviewed and concluded by Vietnamese and US forensic specialists in Da Nang that they might be associated with US servicemen missing during the war in Vietnam and were recommended to bring to Hawaii, the US, for further review.

Addressing at the ceremony, the US Government’s representative expressed deep gratitude and high appreciation for the steadfast humanitarian policy, good-will, and the full and increasingly efficient cooperation of the Vietnamese Government and people.

The seeking of the remains of US servicemen missing during the war in Vietnam is humanitarian cooperation between the Vietnamese and US Government. This is the 145th hand-over of American missing servicemen’s remains since 1973.-VNA