United States and Vietnam Strengthen Ties with Vietnam War Artifact Handover

Media Release

HANOI, February 16, 2017– On Monday, the United States Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) Deputy Director, Brigadier General Mark Spindler, met with the Director of the Vietnam Office for Seeking Missing Persons (VNOSMP), Ambassador Le Thanh Tung, at the VNOSMP’s Ministry of National Defense Office in Hanoi.  At the conclusion of the meeting, VNOSMP presented a prisoner-of-war/missing-in-action (POW/MIA)-related museum artifact to DPAA.  BG Spindler accepted the artifact and gave special thanks to the people and government of Vietnam.  He thanked VNOSMP for its commitment, dedication, and support of the combined efforts to achieve the fullest possible accounting for U.S. personnel lost during the war.  DPAA relies significantly on this cooperative relationship with VNOSMP in order to conduct its humanitarian mission.