1st Cavalry Div. MIA/KIAs returned

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  1. Trip_Wire

    Trip_Wire RIP

    Welcome home Warriors — RIP

    There have been three announcements by the Department of Defense about the recovery and identification of 'First Team' Troopers.

    1. On 11 July they announced that the remains of SGT John H. White, H Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment had been identified and returned for his family for burial on 12 July in Bryant, Alabama. SGT White was originally from Long Island, Alabama. In November 1950, the 2-8th CAV was occupying defensive positions near Unsan, North Korea, north of a bend in the Kuryong River known as the Camel’s Head. On 1 November two Chinese Communist divisions struck the 1st Cavalry Division’s lines, collapsing the perimeter and forcing a withdrawal. SGT White was reported missing on 2 November, 1950.

    2. On 17 July they announced the identification of CWO Bobby L. McKain of Garden City, Kansas and WO Arthur F. Chaney of Vienna, Virginia, who were assigned to A Troop, 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry when their AH-1G Cobra gunship was hit by enemy fire and exploded in mid-air on 3 May 1968. They were on an armed escort mission to support a reconnaissance team operating west of Khe Sanh, in Quang Tri Province, South Vietnam. Both men will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors. CWO McKain on 11 August and WO Chaney on 16 August.

    3. On 23 July they announced that MSG Cirildo Valencio, of Carrizo Springs, Texas had been identified and returned to his family for burial in Arlington National Cemetery on 4 August. MSG Valencio was assigned to L Company, 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment then occupying a defensive position near Unsan, North Korea in an area known as the Camel’s Head. On 1 November the 3rd Battalion was surrounded and effectively ceased to exist as a fighting unit when parts of two Chinese Communist divisions struck the 1st Cavalry Division’s lines, collapsing the perimeter and forcing a withdrawal. MSG Valencio was one of the more than 350 Soldiers unaccounted for from the battle at Unsan.

    As a side note: The 8th Cavalry Regiment's 3rd BN really took a beating at Unsan, NK!

    Here is a link to that story:


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  2. No wish to disparage the fallen in any way, but how do you go about repatriating someone who is (rather than was) MIA? There is something wrong in the title of this thread. Having said that, my utmost respects to the fallen and those that are serving.
  3. Trip_Wire

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    They were MIA, until there remains were recovered and identified at which time they became a KIA and their remains were retuned to the USA.

    BTW: I didn't see the word "repatriating" or repatriated in the article, did I miss something?

    Also, did you take the time to read the battle of Unsan?
  4. Repatriated just means something similar to returned but a tad more specific. It is returned to country of birth/origin. That is all. If they where from the USA then "returned to the USA"=repatriated.

    No I did not read the entire link. The story seemed OK (apart from the spelling in places) and interesting, it was the colours of the site that made the reading unpleasant.