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Home at Last: MIAs Since the End of the War

The Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office leads the effort to find, recover and identify remains of Americans missing in action (MIA). Since 1973, remains of more than 700 MIAs in Southeast Asia have been returned to the U.S. and identified. Around 1,800 remain unaccounted for. 

Humanitarian Obligation 
Though the Paris Peace Accords required North Vietnam to assist in accounting for the missing, the communist government denied access to most of the sites where remains were believed to be. Over the years, Vietnam returned some U.S. remains periodically, withholding others as political leverage to affect U.S. foreign policy. It is unclear whether Vietnam still holds more U.S. remains.
Progress and Commitment 
In 1988, relations improved and the U.S. excavated MIA sites throughout Vietnam. In subsequent years American experts worked with local authorities in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia to find missing Americans' remains. The Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office continues to strive for a full accounting of Americans from all wars.

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Find Out More
Adrian Cronauer: "Accounting for America's Missing Heroes" (00:53:33)
Other Resources
Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office