US veterans help Vietnam find mass grave of North Vietnamese soldiers
American veterans of the Vietnam War have helped the Communist country locate a mass grave of 81 of its soldiers who perished during an attack on a U.S. base in the Central Highlands province of Kon Tum.
The remains of the last Australian servicemen missing from the Vietnam War discovered
39-year search for the remains of the last Australian servicemen missing from the Vietnam War has ended — with the help of the former enemies. The remains of pilot Michael Herbert and navigator Robert Carver have been discovered on a remote hillside in Quang Nam province, where they have remained since their plane went missing after a bombing raid on Nov. 3, 1970. The search, by an air force investigation team, used scientific modelling, archival records and the memories of North Vietnamese and Viet Cong soldiers and villagers, who had seen the plane and corrected American records, which incorrectly stated the plane was downed at a site to the north.
Remains of C-130 crew recovered - Closure for 14 families
The remains of 4 U.S. servicemen, crewmen of a C-130 Spectre gunship missing in action from the Vietnam War, have been identified. But that is only the tip of the iceberg for this story about the loss of 14 different men in 1972. Hundreds of families believed their loved ones survived the war in captivity. This AC-130 was shot down over Laos. The men aboard are some of those who were thought to have survived the crash and the war and would rank among those left behind by the Nixon Administration which reneged on a $2.2 billion war reparation payment to North Vietnam.
Legendary pilot Earthquake McGoon heads home
More than a half century after James B. McGovern Jr, "Earthquake McGoon", died in the crash of a CIA-owned cargo plane and became one of the first two Americans to die in combat in Vietnam, a legendary soldier is coming home. McGovern died May 6, 1954, when his C-119 Flying Boxcar cargo plane was hit by ground fire while parachuting a howitzer to the besieged French garrison at Dien Bien Phu. Ho Chi Minh's communist forces captured Dien Bien Phu the next day, ending the famous 57-day siege. It signaled the end of French colonial power in Indochina, and set the stage for the 15-year "American war" that ended with the fall of the U.S.-backed South Vietnam in 1975.
Remains of American MIAs from Laos
The remains of several Americans killed in Laos during the Vietnam War have been handed over to US authorities. The remains were found in two different sites in the southern provinces of Savannakhet and Sekong. A plane crashed at one of the sites and several MIAs could be potentially identified from the remains. Since the two countries established a join committee to search for MIA remains in 1985, Laos has handed over 205 sets of MIA remains to the US.
87 Vietnamese soldier remains unearthed
The Vietnamese military headquarters discovered 87 remains of Vietnamese soldiers, who were captured and killed by U.S. servicemen and local soldiers of the U.S.-backed South Vietnamese government in the Vietnam War. Graves were located in a prisoner of war camp established to torture and kill Vietnamese liberation soldiers they captured during their raids in the central highlands region before 1975. Many remains had dozens of 10-cm nails in the skull, arm and leg joints.
Center archive yields clues to missing Vietnam War soldiers (Article no longer available from the original source)
The trail to finding soldiers still missing from the Vietnam War is beginning. An Internet archive of decades-old documents has provided Defense Department researchers dozens of leads in the cases of 1,805 American soldiers who never returned. The growing online collection, launched in 2004, has uncovered 41 leads from the archive. And many more new clues are likely on the way: of the 2.3 million documents the center purchased from the National Archives, only about 5% is online so far. After long being out of sight, North Vietnamese intelligence documents have been featured on the center's Virtual Vietnam Archive.