Military archaeological and investigation teams recently deployed to Vietnam, Laos and South Korea to search for the remains of U.S. servicemembers who went missing during the Vietnam and Korean wars, according to the U.S. Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command.
The JPAC teams are searching for human remains and other evidence – such as personal items and life support equipment – that could identify the missing troops. Information gathered could help determine whether to the Hawaii-base JPAC conducts future excavations at the same sites, according to a news release.
JPAC said three recovery teams will search for the remains of six missing Americans at sites in Vietnam’s Yen Bai, Dien Bien and Kon Tum provinces, while two investigation teams will conduct field research on 21 unsolved cases.
In Laos, recovery teams will excavate three aircraft crash sites and one ground site in Khammouan, Savannakhet and Xekong provinces in search of 12 missing servicemembers.
In South Korea, an investigation team will conduct research on eight case sites in Kangwon and Kyonggi provinces, according to the release.
JPAC did not respond immediately to a request Thursday for the dates on which the teams deployed.