Human bones brought by Vietnamese refugees earlier this month in hopes of gaining approval to settle in the United States were not those of U.S. servicemen missing in action, the U.S. Embassy said today.
Embassy press officer Meg Gilroy said the 32 sets of remains had been examined by a forensic team from the Army's Central Identification Laboratory in Hawaii.
On June 12, nine Vietnamese refugees landed on Tanjung Sedili Beach, 150 miles southeast of Kuala Lumpur, with seven barrels stuffed with bones. They claimed the bones were those of soldiers killed in Vietnam.
The skeletons had dog tags on them. But Ms. Gilroy said none of the names on the dog tags were those of Americans missing in action in the Vietnam War, which ended with the Communist victory in 1975.