Vietnamese officials have sent what are believed to be the remains of an American serviceman killed during the Vietnam War to the US to be identified, Vietnam News Agency reported.
The remains and personal items believed to have belonged to the deceased were recovered during the 110th Joint Field Activity conducted from March to April this year.
A joint analysis of the remains by Vietnamese and US forensic specialists concluded that they might be that of a US soldier listed as missing in action in Vietnam, and recommended the remains be sent to Hawaii for further examination.
A repatriation ceremony took place on Sunday at Da Nang International Airport.
The ceremony was attended by representatives from the Vietnam Office for Seeking Missing Personnel (VNOSMP) and representatives from the US Defense Attaché Office, the US Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) and the US MIA Office in Hanoi.
Addressing the ceremony, a US government representative expressed appreciation for the steadfast humanitarian policy, goodwill and cooperation of the Vietnamese government and people in repatriating the remains of US servicemen and women.
Recovering the remains of US servicemen killed during the war in Vietnam is a joint humanitarian effort between the governments of Vietnam and the US. The latest handover was the 126th such repatriation since 1973.
Vietnamese statistics have estimated that around 300,000 Vietnamese soldiers are still listed as missing in action (MIA).
Of the American MIAs, about 1,300 cases are in Vietnam. Most of the rest, in Cambodia and Laos, were in areas under Vietnamese control, the US government said.
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