Missing soldier's remains coming home after more than 60 years


A native Minnesota soldier who had been labeled missing in action during the Korean War, for more than 60 years is coming home this week.

The Grand Forks Herald, reports that the Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office last month positively identified Cpl. Harold Evans' remains, which will be escorted from Honolulu to Fargo, North Dakota on Wednesday and then to Thief River Falls.

Evans was 17 when his family moved from Grygla to Shelton, Washington, in 1945. Evans, then enlisted in the Army a short time later.

The family is believed to have last communicated with Evans when he wrote a letter to them on Thanksgiving Day in 1950. Evans wrote of being home sick, and wishing he could be with his family.

The Associated Press reports, that Evans' commanding officer 1st Lt. Henry Trawick, who wrote the family in a letter dated Oct. 27, 1952. The report says that Trawick's letter said he could not recall seeing Evans after their small Battalion was hit by a Division of Chinese during the early morning hours of Nov. 27 of 1950. Trawick wrote that they were completely surrounded and tried fighting their way out, he said many people died on both sides.

Evans will be laid to rest with full military honors at 11 a.m. on Oct. 12 at the Greenwood Cemetery in Thief River Falls. The Veterans of Foreign Wars post 2793, Thief River Falls, will serve as the honor guard.

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