Trump identifies remains of Korean War vets returned by North Korea

Matt Saintsing
September 20, 2018 - 3:11 pm

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Apryl Hall

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The remains of two U.S. service members missing from the Korean War were identified, President Donald Trump announced Thursday. 

Trump named Army Master Sgt. Charles McDaniel and Pfc. William Jones in a set of tweets. 

“These HEROES are home, they may Rest In Peace, and hopefully their families can have closure,” he tweeted. 

In July, North Korea handed over what they claim are 55 boxes filled with American remains from the Korean War, following a summit with Trump in Singapore a month earlier. Those containers were flown from North Korea to Hawaii where a military laboratory would begin the daunting task of attempting to identify them.  

McDaniels’ two living sons, Charles Jr. and Larry, were presented with their father’s dog tag, who went missing in November 1950, at a ceremony in Arlington, Va. last month. Trump’s tweets Thursday confirms some of their father’s remains were also included. 

McDaniel was a medic assigned to the Army’s 1st Cavalry Division when he went missing. According to eyewitness accounts, he died in battle inside the unit’s perimeter; however, his remains were never recovered. Until Now. 

Jones joined the Army from North Carolina and was assigned to the 25th Infantry Division when he went missing, also in November 1950. He is not listed as a prisoner of war, and his remains were never recovered after the conflict ended. 

In August, Dr. John Byrd with the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) told reporters that North Korean officials were “very forthcoming and candid” saying the agency they believe the boxes contained American war remains. 

Some 7,700 U.S. service members are still listed missing from the Korean War. 

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