U.S. military experts announced today that they will repatriate six sets of human remains collected by Cambodians that are believed to belong to Americans missing since the Vietnam War.
The remains are to be flown to Hawaii on Thursday in the first repatriation of suspected MIA remains from Communist Cambodia, said U.S. Army Col. Joseph Harvey, who led the mission.
“We came and did our work, and the cooperation was everything we asked for,” Harvey told reporters after meeting with Dith Munty, first deputy foreign minister of the Vietnamese-backed government.
Eighty-two Americans are listed as missing in action in Cambodia from the war, which ended in 1975. The U.S. specialists examined 28 sets of remains thought to be those of Americans that had been collected by the government in recent years.
Harvey said the six sets of remains warranted further investigation to reach a positive identification.