Feb 23, 2021 / 12:11

American experts for MIA affairs arrive in Vietnam amid fresh Covid-19

The Hanoitimes - There remains roughly 1,200 Americans unaccounted for in Vietnam from the war.

A group of 56 experts from the US Department of Defense on February 21 arrived in Danang, Vietnam for searching American servicemen missing in action (MIA).

 People return from Danang to Hanoi in 2020. Photo: Thanh Dat/Vietnam News Agency

The group, who landed Danang International Airport on Hawaii Airlines flight A33 via Incheon International Airport in South Korea, were allowed to enter Vietnam by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc for humanitarian purposes, Thanh Nien newspaper reported.

They were transferred to a hotel in Son Tra District for 14-day quarantine and had their samples taken for coronavirus testing.

The search for missing US soldiers from the American War, which ended in 1975, has been an ongoing humanitarian activity overseen by Vietnam since 1988.

Since 1988, Washington and Hanoi have conducted 134 Joint Field Activities in Vietnam to provide the fullest possible accounting for US missing personnel from the war.

The three decades of sustained operations combined humanitarian effort through the Defense Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Accounting Agency (DPAA) and its predecessors in coordination with the Vietnam Office for Seeking Missing Persons (VNOSMP).

As a result, it has led to the accounting of more than 700 Americans in Vietnam. There remains roughly 1,200 Americans unaccounted for in Vietnam from the war.

US Ambassador to Vietnam Daniel Kritenbrink believes that efforts from both sides to solve war legacies could help build trust between the two former war adversaries.