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South Vietnamese soldier’s urn found in Massachusetts river

October 23, 2019 GMT

LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — A man who has spent years cleaning trash from Massachusetts rivers recently found one of the most unusual objects he’s ever pulled from the depths.

Rocky Morrison of the Clean River Project tells The Eagle-Tribune he found a rectangular marble urn in the Merrimack River in Lawrence last week.

The urn was inscribed with the name Truong Ngoc Nguyen.

According to his obituary, Nguyen died in 2016 at age 88. He rose to the rank of major in the Republic of South Vietnam’s armed forces.

He fled from political persecution and came to Lawrence in 1989.

Morrison posted pictures of the urn on social media to try to find Nguyen’s family and received several responses. It’s unclear how it ended up in the river.

Morrison hopes to return the urn to the family.

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Information from: Eagle Tribune (North Andover, Mass.), http://www.eagletribune.com