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John this trip to Vietnam has been filled with historic first fourth as a secretary.
Of defense yesterday he was in camera on -- which.
Of course this was the first time a Defense Secretary has been.
In camera on base since the end of -- war.
Today he had another -- historic first he was at the ministry of defense where he was greeted with.
This is the equivalent of the Vietnamese -- got it in the capital Hanoi.
He was received by the Vietnamese minister of defense the warmth and thaw on relations with evidence from the smiles on.
The face is there one chapter had ended another seems set to begin for the first time since the wars and there was a significant exchange of war artifacts between the two sides.
The Vietnamese gave Panetta.
Several sets of letters including one set that had been stolen off the corpse of Sargent Steve Blair -- Of Columbia, South Carolina who was killed while serving with -- 101.
The letters were written by sergeant clarity to his family and have been used for years according to US defense officials.
As anti American propaganda during the war and afterwards.
In one sergeant clarity wrote to a woman named Betty presumably his wife about all the dead and wounded US troops he had had to tend to and help.
Vietnamese did -- the Vietnamese defense minister used Panetta's visit as a chance to announce that the regime would now allow the US military access.
To three new sites previously unavailable to them.
These sites are thought to contain the remains of American troops missing since the war the Pentagon has a team that has been here searching since.
An 84 American servicemen missing in Vietnam.
The acidic nature of the soil here has caused that the quickening disintegration of the remains an eight and aging family members mean that there's a real race against time to find the missing in fact -- military officials.
Told Leon Panetta today that they thought they only had five to six years left.
To find that it remains of the missing before the soil would cost them all to disintegrate.
Back to you -- while almost thirteen hundred still missing we hope.
They can get some answers their families.
Jennifer Griffin thank you.
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