Another soldier has finally returned home from a “forgotten war.”
The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing from the Korean War, have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors.
Army Cpl. William F. Day, 25, of Hayward, Calif., will be buried April 7, in La Center, Ky. In late November 1950, Day was assigned to Company C, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 31st Regimental Combat Team (RCT). The 31st RCT was deployed east of the Chosin Reservoir, North Korea, when it was engaged by overwhelming numbers of Chinese forces. On Nov. 29, 1950, remnants of the 31st RCT, known historically as Task Force Faith, began a fighting withdrawal to more defensible positions near Hagaru-ri, south of the reservoir. On Dec. 2, 1950, Day was reported as missing in action.
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Of course, whenever I read one of these stories, I always think about my Korean War novel, War Remains. I am so proud of that book. Although it never became a best seller, I am proud of the story I tried to tell and for those family members who are still waiting for one of their loved ones to come home from the war, the book offered some hope that one day they would finally have their loved one home with them. There are still 7,888 service members listed as missing in action. One day, they will all be home.
Welcome home, Corporal Day.