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Vietnam Turns Over More War-time Remains to U.S.

Nguoi Viet, Jami Farkas Posted: Dec 15, 2008

Vietnamese authorities turned over four sets of remains believed to be of U.S. soldiers, reports Nguoi Viet. The countrys director of the Office for Seeking Missing Persons, Dao Xuan Kinh, said the remains are believed to be of U.S. pilots shot down over the country between 1965 and 1972. The remains were put on a U.S. Air Force aircraft for transport back the United States for forensic testing. American and Vietnamese officials declined to release details regarding the potential identities. More than 58,000 U.S. soldiers were killed in Vietnam, and 1,981 were unaccounted for at the wars end in 1973. The Vietnamese government has excavated and transferred 857 sets of remains to the U.S. government, 634 of which were successfully identified, Kinh said. Some 3 million Vietnamese are estimated to have died in the war, and about 1 million are unaccounted for.

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