Throughout the Vietnam Conflict, two Army mortuaries operated within the country of Vietnam. One was located on the eastern coast in the city of Danang, and the second on Tan Soo Nhut Air Force Base just outside or Saigon. When the conflict ended, these mortuaries closed and their personnel and equipment were consolidated and relocated to Thailand.
On 23 January 1973, a U.S. Army Central Identification Laboratory was established at Camp Samae San, Thailand (CILTRAI). The CILTRAI mission was to search for, recover and identify those servicemen lost as a result of the Vietnam Conflict. CILTHAI was inactivated and moved from Thailand to Hawaii in 1976. This move resulted from troop reduction negotiations between the U.S. and Thai governments. With the move, the laboratory was redesignated the U.S. Army Central Identification Laboratory, Hawaii (USACILHI).
PERMANENT ORDERS 90-60 12 August 1985 established the USACILHI as an operational element of the U.S. Army Military Personnel Center. USACILHI’s mission is to search for, recover and identify the remains of missing servicemen lost as a result of World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam Conflict, and other conflicts and contingencies. CILHI is located on Hickam Air Force Base in Honolulu, Hawaii.
MERITORIOUS UNIT COMMENDATION (Army), Awarded to the U.S. Army Central Identification Laboratory, Thailand, on 5 February 1976 (General Orders 2) for outstanding service during the period 23 January 1973 to 30 June 1975.
ARMY SUPERIOR UNIT AWARD, Awarded to the U.S. Amy Central Identification Laboratory, Hawaii, by the Secretary of the Army on 16 December 1988, for outstanding service during the period 15 October 1987 to 16 December 1988.
ARMY SUPERIOR UNIT AWARD (1st Oak Leaf Cluster), Awarded to the U.S. Army Central Identification Laboratory, Hawaii, on 2 September 1995, for outstanding service during the period 19 July 1993 to 2 August 1994.