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LEAP Scholars Assist DPAA in Recovery of Remains

Photo courtesy of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency in Vietnam

Photo courtesy of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency in Vietnam

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. --

During conflicts, not all of our service members make it home. In Vietnam, 1,245 U.S. service members are still missing. Vietnamese LEAP scholars Maj. Son Nguyen, Maj. Vu Le, and Staff Sgt. Oanh Von Behr are currently providing language support to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency in Vietnam to help recover the remains of these missing service members.

 

According to DPAA, “Since 1973, the remains of more than 1,000 Americans killed in the Vietnam War have been identified and returned to their families for burial with full military honors. For more than two decades, the U.S. has conducted joint field activities with the governments of Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia to recover the remains of missing Americans. Throughout these countries, field teams continue to investigate crash and burial sites and interview locals to gain additional knowledge. The U.S. also continues to obtain access to historical wartime records and archives that provide information relevant to the fates of missing Americans.”