In Vietnam, West Point Cadets Support DPAA Repatriation Efforts
From May to June 2019, GPD Partner organization, the Center for the Study of Civil-Military Operations (CSCMO) at West Point, and together with the Defense POW-MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) sponsored several Cadets’ participation in efforts to repatriate U.S. servicemember's remains from Vietnam. To support the recovery of US service members remains from the Vietnam War, Cadets and newly-commissioned Second Lieutenants from West Point worked in a joint environment with members of other Services and their Vietnamese counterparts to support this interagency mission. For weeks the team members shoveled and screened soil in search of finding three soldiers' who went missing during the war.
“My grandfather actually served in Vietnam, and I felt so humbled that I was able to go to honor his fallen brothers,” Cadet Joshua Smoak, United States Military Academy, West Point class of 2020 said.
DPAA’s mission is to provide the fullest possible accounting of our missing personnel to their families and the nation.