8/11/2005

Reuters AlertNet - US identifies remains of 12 MIAs from Vietnam War

The 11 Marines and one Army soldier were lost on May 9 and 10, 1968... Good Lord! 35 years without knowing how your brother / son / spouse died ? -- law

WASHINGTON, Aug 9 (Reuters) - The remains of 12 U.S. servicemen who were killed together in battle in the Vietnam War 37 years ago have been identified and are being returned to their families for burial, the Pentagon said on Tuesday.

The 11 Marines and one Army soldier were lost on May 9 and 10, 1968, in a battle in South Vietnam's Kham Duc province when their units were overrun by North Vietnamese forces, the Pentagon's POW/Missing Office said.

The Pentagon has scheduled a ceremonial group burial on Oct. 11 at Arlington National Cemetery, said Larry Greer, a spokesman for the office.

The remains of the 12 servicemen were recovered over the course of several investigations and excavations that began in 1993, he said.

"Our teams over there interviewed North Vietnamese or communist soldiers that actually participated in the attack and they were helpful in pointing out what they knew about the battle site," Greer said.

He said investigators also were aided by American veterans of the battle who provided hand-drawn maps of where they thought their comrades had fallen.

Reuters AlertNet - US identifies remains of 12 MIAs from Vietnam War

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