In December of 1991, Amb. Quinn was negotiating with Vietnamese officials on which prison he would choose to investigate for the three American POWs. Unable to make the decision himself, he turned to one of his aides for advice. They then decided on an infamous area in the middle of Vietnam to begin their search. Once the search team arrived, Amb. Quinn soon realized the history that was taking place. The cooperation of the Vietnamese and Amb. Quinn along with other U.S. officials helped begin the building of a relationship between the two countries. This would be a key factor in the years to come after the fall of the Soviet Union.