Joint U.S.-Vietnamese search teams found the remains of a number of American servicemen missing from the Indochina war during a 10-day search ending on Sunday, an official U.S. statement said today.
The statement released in Bangkok said the remains, found to the north and southeast of Hanoi, had not yet been identified. “We expect (their) early repatriation,” the statement said.
It did not say how many servicemen’s remains were found during the mission, the first joint search since 1985.
Experts from the Joint Casualty Resolution Center and the U.S. Army Central Identification Laboratory, aided by Vietnamese officials and residents, took part.
About 2,400 American servicemen were reported missing during the Vietnam War in the 1960s and 1970s. Hanoi has said it will try to solve by the end of the year a list of 70 cases given top priority by Washington.
The statement, issued by the center, praised the Vietnamese cooperation and said, “We look forward to increased joint activities with the Vietnamese government to resolve this important issue.”