Volume 24, Issue 1 (January 1979)
Verifying Identification of Military Remains: A Case Study
In March, 1974, the skeletal remains of 23 individuals were repatriated from Hanoi, the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, and delivered to the U.S. Army Central Identification Laboratory in Sattahip, Thailand. According to the report of the U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee on Missing Persons in Southeast Asia , In 1974 the North Vietnamese returned the remains of 23 American pilots who had died in captivity. The remains were accompanied by certificates of death purporting to show the proximate cause of death, but no additional information was provided by the Vietnamese. In each of these cases the testimony of returned POW's provided sufficient information about the final days of the deceased pilots to affirm that in all likelihood they died in the manner described in the certificates of death.