The remains of 16 Vietnam War martyrs were found by workers digging for a drainage system in the Mekong Delta province of Tra Vinh Tuesday, newswire VnExpress reported.
They first found one soldier's remains along with pieces of khaki trousers in a nylon bag in Long Vinh Commune.
The Tra Vinh Military Headquarters then sent personnel to the site to excavate a further 100 square meters and found the 15 other remains.
Col Le Thanh Tra, chief of the Duyen Hai District's military command, said the belongings found in the grave indicate that the dead soldiers belonged to a regiment that was wiped out during a battle in 1974.
Local authorities have ordered for DNA tests to be done on the remains to return them to their families.
In the meantime, the remains have been sent to the Long Vinh Commune People's Committee. VnExpress said military authorities would look for more remains in the area.
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