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Repatriation of U.S. servicemen's remains

The 97th Repatriation Ceremony of remains of U.S. servicemen who died during the war in Vietnam was held at Noi Bai International Airport, Ha Noi, Vietnam, October 13th, 2005.

Attending the Ceremony, for the Vietnamese side were Mr. Nguyen Duc Hung, Assistant Minister for Foreign Affairs and Representatives from Vietnam Office for Seeking Missing Persons (VNOSMP) and, for the U.S. side, U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam Michael Marine and Representatives from Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC).

After signing the Process - Verbal, the Vietnamese Government Representative handed over to the U.S. Government Representative 3  boxes of remains which were jointly reviewed in  Hanoi to bring to Hawaii for further forensic review. Those are 3 among 10 sets remains recovered from 25 excavations in Vietnam during the fiscal year 2005 which has been unanimously evaluated very successful. The repatriation of 10 sets of remains this year has made the total of 837 sets of U.S. servicemen's remains repatriated to the U.S. since 1973, among those more than 520 sets have been finally identified for burial.

Addressing at the Repatriation Ceremony, the U.S. Government Representative expressed deep gratitude and high appreciation for the steadfast humanitarian policy, good-will and the increasingly efficient cooperation of the Vietnam Government and people./.

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