The Philippines and the United States agreed Friday to jointly search for remains of American troops missing in action in the Philippines during World War II.
The U.S. Embassy said the “statement of intent” signed Friday by Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario and Ambassador Harry Thomas Jr. was the first step in setting guidelines for the search.
“Sadly, for over 65 years, many of those Americans who fought alongside Filipinos and gave their lives to liberate the Philippines in World War II have never been accounted for, as their remains have never been found,” Thomas said. “Their families have not been able to know their final stories nor properly lay them to rest.”
In a statement, the Foreign Affairs Department says the accord “honors the shared sacrifices made by the armed forces of both countries that stood together side by side to defend freedom during World War II.”
Source: The Associated Press