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Go back to Wisconsin state capital of the Pentagon's top man -- in Vietnam tonight.
If after Perry Leon Panetta is -- historic trip -- that southeast Asian nation national security correspondent Jennifer Griffin is traveling with.
Today an olive branch of sorts Defense Secretary Leon Panetta was told by his Vietnamese counterpart.
That the US military would be given access to three sites believed to contain the remains of US troops 1280.
For American servicemen are still missing in Vietnam.
The Pentagon has had teams here searching for the fallen since 1973.
Until recently the Vietnamese blocked investigators from 34 promising sites.
The investigators say time is running out the acidic nature of the soil has caused the remains to decay faster.
And generations of witnesses are aging -- dying themselves.
In an exclusive interview with Fox News while visiting cam ranh bay.
Panetta surveyed -- court.
That may come in handy as the US shifts its focus to Asia and 60% of its warships.
I think I'm feeling.
What more confident about the strategy put in place and the fact that we are focused.
On on the Pacific and that we are resolved to force the issue.
Panetta brought a diary taken from a north Vietnamese soldier killed in 1966.
The Vietnamese gave Panetta letters written by -- GI from Columbia, South Carolina.
US army sergeant Steve clarity was killed in action in 1969.
At the time the Vietcong took letters written to him by his family.
This is the first significant exchange of war artifacts between the two countries since normalization seventeen years ago.
The letters were used by the Vietnamese according to US officials as anti American propaganda during the war.
Now they are being used as a way for both countries to -- -- the way for the US military to perhaps returned to Vietnam.
As an -- traveling with the Defense Secretary in Hanoi Jennifer Griffin Fox News.
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