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Missing Korean War soldier’s sons received their father’s dog tag

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The military dog tag to the sons of missing Korean War soldier

Army Master Sgt. Charles Hobert McDaniel was a member of the 8th Cavalry Regiment, Medical Company when his unit was attacked in North Korea in October 1950.

Charles McDaniel Jr. was home in Indianapolis when his wife told him that he had a phone call. To his surprise, he discovered that among the 55 boxes believed to remain of the AMERICAN soldiers killed during the Korean War, was his father’s dog tag.

“I must say that I’m not thinking about the emotions, which are very deep, even though I was a small boy and have very little memory of my father,” he said. “But I sat there and I cried for a while and it took a while to compose myself.”

He and his brother Larry, finally received their father’s dog tag in an emotional ceremony on Wednesday in Washington, D. C.

Master Sgt. Charles Hobert McDaniel’s dog tag, and other medals awarded to his two sons.

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Charles Jr. said, he was just 3 when his father, Master Sgt. Charles Hobert McDaniel, deployed with the First Cavalry Division in Japan around August 1950. After deployment, Charles Jr. never saw his father again.

McDaniel said that when the news of the remains of North Korea began to circulate, he and his family thought that there might be a chance that the lost soldier’s can be included, although they knew they odds were against them.

Charles Jr., who himself served in the Army as a chaplain, said that he didn’t have much memories of his father, thouh he remembered that he “loved ice cream, but always watched his weight.”

Army Master Sgt. Charles Hobert McDaniel, whose name is on the dog tag found in the cases of repatriated remains from North Korea.

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His strongest connections to Dad: the service, and the commitment of their country. McDaniel, said his father had a long career in the Army before the Korean War deployment.

“He is an Army guy,” he said. “I’m an Army guy, so I understand that.”

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McDaniel, the younger brother of Larry, who was born in Fort Knox, Kentucky., in 1948, said he has no memories of his father. He “generates” an idea of what he wants, based on what people have said about him.

“I am very proud of how patriotic my father was, loved the country enough that he was able to devote his whole life for the county, without hesitation,” he said.

Army Master Sgt. Charles Hobert McDaniel

(Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency)

The brothers said that they did not know whether their father will be identified, but that the recovered dog tag, she has the sense of “most beautiful” though.

The remains sent over from North Korea are “undergoing forensic analysis at a lab in Hawaii; McDaniel’s dog tag was the only one recovered.

 

Paulina Dedaj is a writer/ reporter for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter @PaulinaDedaj.

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