The hand-over ceremony was attended by representatives from the Vietnam Office for Seeking Missing Persons (VNOSMP), the U.S. Embassy in Vietnam and the U.S. MIA Office in Hanoi.

The sets of martyrs' remains handed over to the U.S. side

The remains were found by a Vietnam-U.S. joint search team between July and December 2021, and were examined by Vietnamese forensic experts who concluded that they might be associated with U.S. soldiers missing during the war in Vietnam and recommended that they should be taken to Hawaii for further verification.

Speaking at the ceremony, Deputy Director of the VNOSMP Nguyen Hong Quang stressed Vietnam’s humanitarian policy in addressing the MIA matters with the U.S., and hoped that the U.S. will step up its support for Vietnam in settling war legacy, particularly unexploded ordnance clearance, dioxin remediation, assisting Agent Orange (AO)/dioxin victims and searching for Vietnamese soldiers missing in wartime. 

Acting Vice Ambassador of the U.S. Noah Zaring thanked the Vietnamese Government, people and agencies for their support in the search, saying MIA humanitarian cooperation has helped build mutual trust and respect, and served as a premise for promoting the Vietnam-U.S. ties in various fields like economy, trade and humanitarian issues, including the settlement of war consequences in Vietnam.

Translated by Chung Anh