Documentary to Air on Vietnam War Diary Panetta Returned in June

Tonight, PBS’s History Detectives will air a documentary about a war diary recovered by a U.S. Marine on the body of a North Vietnam soldier more than 46 years ago.

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta returned the diary to Phung Quang Thanh, Vietnam’s defense minister, during a visit to Hanoi in June. The video clip above is of the exchange (fast forward to 2:43).

Here’s some background on the diary from the story I filed from Hanoi:

The U.S. returned a diary recovered from Vu Dinh Doan, a Vietnamese soldier killed in the war. Robert Frazure, a Marine, took the diary in 1966 and held onto it for 46 years, the Pentagon said.

Frazure asked the sister of a fellow Marine to help return the diary to the family of the slain Vietnamese soldier. She brought it to the producers of the PBS television program History Detectives to research and find the family. The diary includes several entries and a photograph of two young women.

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