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Jonathan Goldsmith, more commonly known as 'The Most Interesting Man in the World' from the wildly popular Dos Equis Beer commercials, recently teamed up with non-profit, Clearpath International to help clear the remaining 800,000 tons of unexploded ordnance left over from the American War that remains buried in Vietnam's soil.

The 7.8 million tons of munitions the United States dropped on Vietnam during the war accounts for more than all the bombs dropped by the US on Germany and Japan combined during WWII. The same amount was fired from land and sea. An estimated 800,000 tons failed to detonate, contaminating around 20 percent of Vietnam's land.

Earlier this year, Deputy Chief of the Vietnam armed forces engineer troops, Colonel Fan Duk Tuan, said that it will take at least 300 years and over US$10 billion to clear the country of unexploded ordnance.

In 2012, there were over 500 victims of unexploded ordnance in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. 

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