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Thursday, May 30, 2024

AUSTRALIAN VETERAN SHARES JOURNEY OF SEARCHING VIETNAMESE MARTYRS’ REMAINS IN BINH DUONG

Vietnamese Ambassador to Australia Pham Hung Tam (R) and Australian veteran John Bryant (C) posing for a photo (Photo: VNA)
Vietnamese Ambassador to Australia Pham Hung Tam (R) and Australian veteran John Bryant (C) posing for a photo (Photo: VNA)

Vietnamese Ambassador to Australia Pham Hung Tam received John Bryant, an Australian veteran who participated in the May 1968 battle at So Ga, So Hoi and Dong Tram bases, north of Thu Dau Mot town (now in Binh My commune, Bac Tan Uyen district) the southern province of Binh Duong.

Bryant shared his journey with several Australian and US veterans in their efforts to find possible burial places of Vietnamese martyrs who died in this battle.

After more than 15 years, with tireless efforts and support from the Vietnamese Ministry of National Defence and Binh Duong province, 20 sets of Vietnamese martyrs' remains were found and buried at the provincial martyrs’ cemetery.

The war veteran said he had been touched when returning and directly participating in the search for and gathering of remains of Vietnamese martyrs in Binh Duong, adding that he was very grateful for the love of the Vietnamese people, especially the love of the martyrs' relatives for Australian veterans.

In the near future, Bryant plans to return to Vietnam to continue contributing to the search for martyrs' remains.

Ambassador Tam showed his thanks for the veteran’s sentiment and efforts in support for the gathering of martyrs’ remains in the southern province.

He proposed Bryant encourage other Australian veterans to join this work to contribute to the two peoples’ friendship./.
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