Last week, the Department of Defense released the first two photographs of two American soldiers who remains were repatriated from North Korea, returned home in August.
Department of Defense by Jim Garamone (09/21/2018)
Two soldiers who died during the Korean War have been identified from the remains returned from North Korea, President Donald J. Trump announced last night.
Personnel at the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency identified Army Master Sgt. Charles H. McDaniel and Army Pfc. William H. Jones. Their remains were repatriated from North Korea following Trump’s summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Both men died in North Korea in 1950.
DoD officials expect many more identifications from the remains. “The 55 boxes we don’t necessarily attribute to 55 remains,” DPAA Director Kelly K. McKeague told the Defense Writers Group here yesterday. “The remains are comingled, … and we expect there to be more than 55.”
He noted that 208 boxes of remains turned over to the United States from North Korea in the late 1990s turned out to contain more than 400 U.S. service members.
The White House announcement came on the eve of today’s National POW/MIA Recognition Day observance.
The agency seeks to recover and identify service members missing from World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the Cold War. More than 72,000 Americans are unaccounted-for from World War II. More than 7,200 are unaccounted for from Korea, and around 1,600 from Vietnam. Today, 126 Americans are unaccounted-for from Cold War actions.
The agency’s priority is the missing from the Vietnam War because the acidic conditions of the soil in Southeast Asia is dissolving any remains[…]
See also President Donald J. Trump’s Presidential Proclamation on National POW/MIA Recognition Day, 2018 issued September 20, 2018.