Fort Hood: Battalion commander to attend service for Korean War soldier

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FORT HOOD, Texas (KWTX) The commander of Fort Hood’s 3-8 Cav will attend services Saturday for a soldier assigned to the same unit killed in action during the Korean War whose remains were recently returned to the U.S.

Master Sgt. Charles McDaniel (left) and Lt. Col. Kevin Black. (Army photos)

Lt. Col. Kevin Black will represent the unit at the service for Master Sgt. Charles McDaniel, a member of the Medical Company of the 8th Cavalry Regiment, assigned to the 8th Cavalry's 3rd Battalion.

McDaniel’s remains were among the remains of 55 U.S. troops that North Korea returned to the U.S. in August.

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency confirmed on Sept. 12 that the remains were McDaniel’s.

McDaniel was an Army medic who was reporting mission in action after a battle between his unit and Chinese forces in 1950.

“The battle of Unsan was a terrible fight, which decimated the ranks of 3-8 Cav, but out of this fight there were hundreds of stories of heroism and sacrifice,” Black said in a statement.

“We may never know the final minutes of Master Sgt McDaniel’s life, but we do know that he died as a warhorse and his sacrifice will be remembered by his battalion and his nation,” he said.

“We are grateful that his family is now able to lay him to rest with the honors that he earned almost 68 years ago.”