United States Strategy for the Fullest Possible Accounting of U.S. Combatants in Southeast Asia
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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April 30, 1998 marked the twenty-fifth anniversary of the fall of Saigon. At the close of the Vietnam War, the United States had lost 58,183 soldiers with 2,583 Americans unaccounted for. Since withdrawing from Southeast Asia SEA, the U.S. government has sustained an unprecedented effort to achieve the fullest possible accounting for those lost. Currently 2,079 UNITED STATES servicemen remain unaccounted for in SEA, 1552 of those in Vietnam. Although the United States has tried to maintain a diplomatic dialogue with the Vietnamese government, we have not maintained a consistent policy. This study examines the effectiveness of the current United States diplomatic strategy of engagement, especially the goal of promoting Vietnamese cooperation in assisting our efforts to achieve the fullest possible accounting for Americans missing in action MIAs. It demonstrates that U.S. National Security Strategy with Vietnam has enhanced efforts to achieve the fullest possible accounting.
- Government and Political Science