PANO - Mr. Derrill de Heer, an Australian veteran who took part in the Vietnam War during 1965-1968, handed over a document marking burial places of People’s Army of Vietnam soldiers to the Information Network on Martyrs (Marin).
The handover ceremony was held on April 9 th at Marin’s headquarters in Hanoi.
The document comes from the Vietnam “Missing in Action” Project which was initiated by Australia’s Research Centre of Armed Conflicts and Society under the University of New South Wales.
In the document, dates and times of more than 4,000 clashes between Australian and PAVN troops as well as around 3,905 PAVN troops killed were recorded.
Besides, a list of 500 identified martyrs was also handed over to Marin. To date, Marin has verified 6 martyrs on the list.
By presenting the document, Mr. de Heer hoped that it would help search for more sets of remains of Vietnamese martyrs, easing the pain of their relatives.
Ms. Ngo Thi Thuy Hang, an executive member of the Association for Assistance to Vietnam Martyrs Families and an official in charge of Marin’s website “Inquiry about comrades”, thanked the Australian Centre for its great efforts and promised to check the document and supply necessary information to martyrs’ families in the course of their finding sets of remains of martyrs.
Earlier, on April 3 rd , veterans Derrill de Heer and Laurens Wildeboer presented to elderly Nguyen Thi Hieu, the mother of martyr Phan Van Ban in Dong Nai, her son’s scarf and notebook which were kept by veteran Wildeboer for 42 years now. Huong Son