US soldier's razor handed over to comrade

By Tran Cong Thi, Thanh Nien News

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Tran Van Tha (L) returns a razor of an American killed during the Vietnam War to his former comrade. Photo: Tran Cong Thi Tran Van Tha (L) returns a razor of an American killed during the Vietnam War to his former comrade. Photo: Tran Cong Thi

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A razor belonging to a US soldier killed in the Vietnam War in 1968 has been returned to his family.
Colonel Tran Van Tha, 88, Saturday returned the razor to Neil Hannan, 67, who accepted it on behalf of the wife of the late soldier, William Kimball.
A solemn ceremony was held at Tha’s house in Nha Trang in central Vietnam.
Tha said he was then a commander and found the razor on Kimball’s body while checking a battle site in Quang Tri Province in central Vietnam on May 6, 1968.
“It was a brutal battle. We won, and many US soldiers were killed and injured.”
He said he kept the razor hoping to give it back to the soldier’s family.
Tha has spent many years helping US families look for their members who were killed and went missing in Vietnam. He met Hannan, who fought in the same Quang Tri battle under Kimball’s command, in March last year.
Hannan then looked for Kimball’s family in the US.
The late soldier’s wife exchanged many emails with Tha before giving Hannan permission to accept the razor.
Hannan, who was sent to Vietnam as a teenager, said most of his comrades were killed in the war. The American has returned to Vietnam many times, looking for Vietnamese soldiers he used to fight against. He first met Tha on his third visit.
The Vietnam War, which peaked in 1968, claimed the lives of 58,000 Americans and at least three million Vietnamese.

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