Attending the ceremony, for the Vietnamese side were representatives from Vietnam Office for Seeking Missing Personnel (VNOSMP) and, for the US side, the United States Ambassador to Vietnam, David B. Shear and representatives from Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) and the US MIA Office in Hanoi.
The Vietnamese side’s representative handed over to the US side three boxes of remains which were recovered during the 109th Joint Field Activities from October to November, 2012 and turned over by Vietnamese citizens. Those remains had been jointly reviewed and concluded by Vietnam and US forensic specialists that 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.
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 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 Governments.
This is the 125th hand-over of American missing servicemen’s remains since 1973.