U.S.-Vietnam relations have been flourishing recently, due to a number of reasons — not the least of which have been their willingness to help the United States find and return the fallen brothers and sisters in arms from the Vietnam War. There are currently 1,601 Americans missing from the war in southeast Asia — many in Vietnam, and many in neighboring countries.

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis made sure to compliment the Vietnam government in their support of the Defense Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Accounting Agency as they work out of Hanoi. He encouraged Vietnamese efforts in teaming up with American forces to continue to rebuild since the war. Pentagon chief spokesperson Dana W. White said that Mattis’ visit was the sixth such visit to Vietnam by a U.S. Defense Secretary.

Defense Secretary James N. Mattis visits the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi, Vietnam, Jan. 25, 2018 | DoD photo by Army Sgt. Amber I. Smith

 

President Trump addressed Vietnam’s willingness to help find the POW/MIA from the Vietnam War, when he traveled there last December. He said,