The first of several United States service members whose remains were returned earlier this year from North Korea have been identified.
President Trump secured the remains of soldiers who had been in North Korea while he and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un continued peace negotiations.
The U.S. Army identified the remains of those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country as Private First Class William H. Jones and Master Sergeant Charles H. McDaniel.
As American Military News reports, McDaniel hailed from Vernon, Indiana and was 32 years old during his service and Jones, 19, was from Nash Country, North Carolina.
General Mark A. Milley, the U.S. Army Chief of Staff, and Secretary of the Army Mark T. Esper announced the identities of the remains in a post on social media.
“The Army is grateful that two U.S. Soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice have been identified and will be returned to their families,” the post read.
It continued: “Pfc. William H. Jones and Master Sgt. Charles H. McDaniel served our nation bravely; and, today, we remember their service and honor their sacrifice. As our nation observes National POW/MIA Recognition Day, it is especially fitting that Soldiers reported missing in action in North Korea have been accounted for and will be properly laid to rest in the weeks ahead.”
The Army is grateful that two U.S. Soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice have been identified and will be returned to…
According to American Military News, the soldiers were reported missing in November 1950 and were easily able to be identified due to dental materials. This information matched dental records, X-rays, and DNA samples which were on file. Also returned in McDaniels’ remains were his dog tags, which were given to his sons.
Their families were notified earlier in the week, and were expected to be present at a National POW/MIA Recognition Day ceremony on Friday, to be held at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu.
The two service members were among remains in 55 cases transferred from North Korea to the U.S. a few weeks ago.
Each box is said to contain multiple remains, between “three and 18 sets of remains” per box.
The repatriation of remains was a show of good faith by Kim Jong-Un and the North Korean government as the two countries continue to negotiate an agreement of denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula.
Here’s even more on McDaniels and Jones:
McDaniel was an 8th Cavalry Regiment Medical Company medic who assisted the 3rd Battalion of the same regiment. His unit encountered Chinese forces while fighting in a North Korean village. He was reported missing in action shortly after on Nov. 2, 1950.
Jones served in the 2nd Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division. His unit battled Chinese forces in the area of Pakchon, North Korea, and he was reported missing Nov. 26, 1950.
According to the report, some 7,600 U.S. military and civilian personnel continue to be unaccounted following the Korean War. Most of these people, approximately 5,300, are believed to still be in North Korea.