Australian team hands over sketches by Vietnamese soldier

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An Australian MIA remains recovery team has handed over 38 sketches reportedly drawn by a Vietnamese soldier during the Vietnam war to a local martyrs' organization, Tuoi Tre reported Tuesday.

The newspaper said the Information Network on Martyrs (MARIN) reported that the organizers of an MIA search project conducted by the University of New South Wales and the Australian Defense Force Academy hoped to find the soldier to return the sketches to him, if he is still alive. If he is not, they want the sketches to go to his closest family. 

The pencil sketches of the daily lives and activities of soldiers -- including meetings and gun battles -- were among many documents that Australian soldiers confiscated from Vietnamese forces after a battle on August 18, 1966 in the southern province of Ba Ria - Vung Tau, the martyrs' association said.

The Australian project's leaders, Derrill de Heer and Bob Hall, once presented Vietnamese military officials with the suspected burial sites of around 3,700 soldiers killed in two provinces Ba Ria-Vung Tau and Dong Nai that Australian troops occupied from 1966 to 1972

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Established in March 2007, MARIN works to provide information and consultation regarding Vietnam's missing soldiers to help locate their remains.

As of August this year, the network had gathered the accounts of more than 800,000 martyrs, according to Tuoi Tre.

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