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ARVN Remains Discovered

Recently in HCMC, a construction crew uncovered the remains of 81 ARVN soldiers. The crew is building the new HCM Transportation University at the site of the abandoned Quang Trung National Recruit Training Center of the Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam). The construction crew quickly notified VAF of the find.

The remains were scattered throughout […]

Lang Da DNA Analysis Completed

After months of painstaking analysis, University of North Texas Center for Human Identification (UNTCHI) reported that the DNA lab had completed its analysis of DNA samples taken from the Lang Da camp gravesite. Of the twelve individuals recovered, eleven yielded viable DNA results. We were thrilled to hear the news, because soils in North Vietnam […]

TRC travels to Vietnam to excavate graves at Lang Da

On July 19th, we have a busy day in Hanoi. At nine o’clock, we meet with the U. S. Embassy officials. At lunchtime, we meet with a journalist from Associate Press. In the afternoon, we think we’ll meet with an officer from the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (although our meeting is not confirmed). Of […]

How do we identify the remains?

Many of you have asked how TRC identifies the remains of those buried in the reeducation camps. The techniques TRC uses at the sites are identical to the techniques used by archeologists at ancient burial sites. TRC’s Archeological Consultant, Julie Martin, is expert in excavation of ancient cemeteries with twenty years experience. The task is […]

Updates from Vietnam March 2009

Recording a tombstone discovered at Lang Da

Today, the TRC envoy returns from Vietnam. We received these updates and look forward to sharing more details on the success of the trip.

While overseas, the families of Major Duc Minh Hua, Captain Minh Van Nguyen, Police Sergeant Major Sau Van Duong, and Captain Vu Van […]

In March, TRC continues work in Vietnam

In Bien Hoa, 2008

At the end of February, TRC will once again return to Vietnam to retrieve remains and honor those who perished in the post-war Vietnamese reeducation camps.

On this trip, the families of Captain Hai Van Doan, Captain Vu Van Phu, Captain Son Hong Dang, Captain Minh Van Nguyen, and […]

Bien Hoa Cemetery: The Last of Its Kind in Vietnam

Thuong Tiec, a memorial statue to the fallen ARVN soldiers, located at Bien Hoa before April 1975, when it was destroyed

Bien Hoa Cemetery, 2008

This scene of overgrown wild grasses and trees, broken headstones, and mounds of fresh earth was once the site of the national military cemetery of the former Republic […]

TRC travels to Vietnam

A marked grave located at Yen Bai, Dec 2007

Many sites are only accessible by motorcycle

On the train to Hanoi

The camp burial grounds are abandoned and overgrown

This morning, Chairman Thanh Nguyen and members of our Foundation boarded a plane for a 2 month trip to Vietnam. While overseas, […]