Plane Carrying Apparent American Remains from Vietnam Arrives in Philippines
MANILA, Philippines (AP) _ A plane carrying what are believed to be the remains of Americans killed in Vietnam arrived at Clark Air Base from Hanoi today, a base spokesman said.
The bones will be flown to Honolulu, Hawaii to be identified, he said.
The U.S. Defense Department earlier said Vietnam had agreed to return the remains of five individuals. Clark spokesman Maj. Barry Glickman said he could not confirm how many people’s remains were actually aboard the C-130 Hercules.
Glickman said the remains were turned over by the Vietnamese to members of the Honolulu-based U.S. Joint Casualty Resolution Center. A team from the center recently helped excavate a plane downed during the Vietnam conflict.
The remains were to be kept at Clark’s mortuary overnight before being flown to Honolulu, where they were expected to arrive at 9 a.m. Thursday.
Vietnam from time to time has turned over remains of what are believed to be Americans listed as missing in the Vietnam War.