Remains of 21 soldiers unearthed in central Vietnam

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Authorities in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue announced Sunday that the remains of 21 Vietnamese soldiers killed in the VIetnam War have been unearthed in a rural village. 

On May 13, construction workers clearing site for a road project in Quang Dien District came across the remains.

Following the excavation, construction was halted and local authorities sent military forces to search the site.

As of Saturday, the remains of 21 soldiers had been recovered along with personal effects, including rubber sandals, buttons, belts, rain coats, hammocks and knives.

The remains have been re-buried in a local memorial for war martyrs.

Local authorities said the search is still underway.

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Residents say that the soldiers may have been killed in 1968, when a Vietnamese battalion was stationed in the Quang Dien District.

A fierce battle with American forces broke out in April of 1968, during which many Vietnamese soldiers were killed, they said.

More than 3 million Vietnamese soldiers and civilians, and 58,000 US troops died during the Vietnam War.

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