POW/MIA Affairs Committee Update January/February 2019

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BY GRANT COATES, CHAIR

According to the Defense Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Accounting Agency (DPAA), 1,592 remain missing from the Vietnam War.

The Vietnamese Government transferred three sets of remains believed to be those of missing U.S. service members at a repatriation ceremony at Da Nang International Airport on December 11. The ceremony was held by the Vietnamese Office for Seeking Missing Persons and DPAA. It also marked the 30th anniversary of U.S.-Vietnam cooperation on the humanitarian issue of accounting for the missing in action.

The remains were recovered during the 133rd Joint Field Activity in Vietnam. Seventy-six Americans and more than two hundred Vietnamese worked together on sites in Nghe An, Quang Binh, and Thua Thien-Hue provinces.

THE VETERANS INITIATIVE NEEDS YOUR HELP.

Objects taken from the battlefields of Vietnam are more than souvenirs or war trophies. Maps, stories, after-action reports, pictures, and military items may have a story that could result in finding the location of missing war dead. Can you help? To submit information or documents, or for more information, contact the Veterans Initiative program at vi@vva.org or mail to:

Veterans Initiative
Vietnam Veterans of America
8719 Colesville Rd., Suite 100
Silver Spring, MD 20910


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