Vietnam, US inspect site for search of US MIA

By Nguyen The Thinh, Thanh Nien News

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Vietnamese and US representatives inspected an excavation site to search for US troop remains from the Vietnam War in the Central Highlands province of Kon Tum Tuesday.
Representatives from Vietnam's Office for Seeking Missing Persons (VNOSMP) and the US MIA Office, known as Detachment Two (Det 2), paid a visit to the site  situated on a mountain slope in Ngoc Hoi District’s Dak Duc Commune.
Colonel Dao Xuan Kinh, deputy director of VNOSMP, said the excavation process includes Vietnamese Recovery Teams (VRTs), led by Vietnamese and comprised of fewer US personnel.
Initiated by Vietnam, VRTs are a newer, more developed version of the VNOSMP. The model was designed specifically as a modified unilateral arrangement to help speed up the US’ MIA recoveries in Vietnam.
Kinh said the model has helped the US successfully excavated troop remains in complex terrain on several previous occasions.
Gregory Jones, deputy commander of Det 2, praised the cooperation of Vietnam, both authorities and local people, in the search for US MIA.
The latest excavation efforts were jointly conducted by Vietnam and the US from February 17 to April 2 with four excavation teams in the provinces of Bac Lieu, Tra Vinh, Khanh Hoa, Gia Lai and Kon Tum.
Following the excavation, there will be a repatriation of US remains from Vietnam’s Da Nang Airport early next month.

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