WASHINGTON — President Trump named two soldiers whose remains were identified from among those returned to the US from North Korea.
Trump said that Master Sgt. Charles H. McDaniel, a 32-year-old from Vernon, Indiana, and Army Pfc. William H. Jones, a 19-year-old from Nash County, North Carolina, had been IDd.
“These HEROES are home, they may Rest in Peace, and hopefully their families can have closure,” Trump said.
The president made the announcement over Twitter.
In late July, North Korea gave the United States 55 boxes that contained the remains of American Korean War dead.
The exchange came a little more than a month after Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met face-to-face in Singapore.
Only one dog tag was found among the remains, an official told The Guardian.
On August 2, the family of 71-year-old Army Chaplain Charles McDaniel Jr. was informed that the dog tag belonged to his late father, according to Stars and Stripes.
“We found one dog tag, it’s your father’s” the official told McDaniel Jr., he told the publication. “I sat there and cried for awhile. It took awhile to compose myself.”
The senior McDaniel, who had also fought in World War II, went missing during the Korean War about 70 years ago. He was barely acquainted with his two sons, Stars and Stripes reported.
The Korean War Project, which keeps track of those missing in action, said that Jones became missing in action in November 1950. He was presumed dead on December 31, 1953.