Sgt. Charles McDaniel’s remains were part of 50 boxes returned to the U.S. earlier this year. He was an army medic who served in Korea.
North Korea first returned his dog tag, then his remains. On Thursday, those remains were returned to central Indiana. McDaniel’s two sons, their children and their grandchildren were there.
“Seeing the casket come off, the flag draping and everything, it almost got me – I almost lost it,” Charles McDaniel Jr. said. “I guess that would have been OK, but I didn’t realize it was going to hit me in that way.”
On Saturday, there will be a funeral for Sgt. McDaniel, providing a chance for his family to say a proper farewell, which was something they never thought would happen.