The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced Sept. 4 that Cpl. Donald E. Angle, 21, of Clear Spring, Maryland, killed during the Korean War, was accounted for on July 2.
In the summer of 1950, Angle was a member of Company C, 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, fighting against members of the Korean People’s Army. On July 25, 1950, he was reported missing in action in the vicinity of Yongdong, South Korea. Absent evidence of continued survival, the Department of the Army declared him deceased as of Dec. 31, 1953.
In February 1951, a search and recovery team of the 565th Quartermaster Graves Registration Company recovered a partial set of remains, designated as Unknown X-485 Tanggok, from a hill less than a mile from Yongdong, South Korea. In June 1955, the remains were declared unidentifiable and were subsequently transferred to the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, known as the Punchbowl, in Honolulu, Hawaii, and were interred as an Unknown.
On August 20, 2018, following thorough historical and scientific analysis, X-485 Tanggok was disinterred from the Punchbowl and sent to the laboratory for analysis.
To identify Angle’s remains, scientists from DPAA used dental, anthropological and chest radiograph comparison analysis, as well as circumstantial and material evidence.
“The Black Knight family is humbled to hear of the return of this hero,” Lt. Col. Timothy Meadows, current 1-5 Cav. commander, said. “The return of Cpl. Angle is an indication that we neither give up until we can bring everyone home, nor do we forget our comrades. Since 1855, brave Americans have served honorably and with distinction in the 5th Cavalry Regiment. We will forever be proud of Cpl. Angle’s contributions to our team, our Army, and our Country.
“As is often said, ‘Soldiers never die until they are forgotten.’ We will never forgot the brave sacrifices of Soldiers like Cpl. Angle and others that fought alongside him in the 5th Cavalry,” Meadows said.
Today, 7,628 Americans remain unaccounted for from the Korean War. Using modern technology, identifications continue to be made from remains that were previously returned by Korean officials, recovered from Korea by American recovery teams or disinterred from unknown graves. Angle’s name is recorded on the Courts of the Missing at the Punchbowl, along with others who are missing from the Korean War. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.
Angle will be buried Oct. 6, 2019, in Welsh Run, Pennsylvania.
Editor’s note: Portions of a release from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency were used in this story.