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Joint U.S.-Vietnam Teams Open Search for MIA Witnesses

Associated Press

Joint U.S.-Vietnamese teams drove into the villages of northern Vietnam today to launch an unprecedented search for witnesses of plane crashes in which American servicemen were lost during the Vietnam War.

Two joint teams headed to areas north of the capital, Hanoi, in jeeps flown in from Honolulu by U.S. military experts for the 10-day search, said Maj. Thomas J. Boyd, spokesman for the U.S. Pacific Command.

He said the teams will try to gather evidence such as the soldiers’ personal effects and local government reports of the incidents. They brought along metal detectors and forensic equipment in case any human remains are found.

Boyd said the joint teams will focus on seven cases of servicemen lost in plane crashes as they search in four provinces north of Hanoi.

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