The remains of two Virginia soldiers lost more than 57 years ago in one of the bloodiest battles of the Korean War have been recovered and returned to their families, the Department of Defense said today.
Army Capt. Edward B. Scullion of Norfolk and Pfc. Elwood D. Reynolds of Schoolfield at Danville were killed in late November 1950 in intense fighting with Chinese troops who attacked the Americans near Chosin Reservoir in North Korea, the Army said.
Despite America’s continuing strained relations with North Korea, a small U.S. military unit that searches for long-lost troops was allowed to excavate parts of old North Korean battlegrounds from 2002 to 2005.
The remains of Scullion and Reynolds were found during an archaeological dig of a defensive position of the 31st Regimental Combat Team of the 7th Infantry Division during the Chinese attack. Both men were members of A Company, 32nd Infantry Regiment, which was attached to the 31st at the time.
Reynolds will be buried April 18 in Danville. Scullion will be buried this summer in Arlington National Cemetery. Neither family could be reached yesterday for comment.
The United States is the only country that actively scours old and far-flung battlefields for its lost troops.