U.S. military experts announced Wednesday they will repatriate six sets of human remains collected by Cambodians that are believed to be of Americans reported missing in the Vietnam War.
The remains were to be flown to Hawaii on Thursday in the first repatriation of suspected MIA remains from Communist Cambodia, said U.S. Army Col. Joseph Harvey, who led the mission."We came and did our work and the cooperation was everything we asked for," Harvey told reporters after meeting with Dith Munty, first deputy foreign minister of the Vietnamese-backed government.
Eighty-three Americans are listed as missing in action in Cambodia from the war, which ended in 1975. The U.S. specialists examined 28 sets of remains that were collected by Cambodia in recent years.
Harvey said the six sets of remains warranted further investigation to reach a positive identification. Four were found in outlying provinces and two were from an area southwest of Phnom Penh.
A 14-member U.S. repatriation team was scheduled to arrive in Phnom Penh early Thursday to transport the remains to the Joint Casualty Resolution Center and the Army Central Identification Laboratory in Hawaii, agencies that account for America's wartime missing.
The mission involved little ceremony, and the only public stir arose when the U.S. Air Force crew of seven that flew the experts to Phnom Penh made a tour of the city's open market.