THIEF RIVER FALLS — A Grygla native is coming home to rest, nearly 63 years after he was listed as missing in action during the Korean War.
The Grand Forks Herald reported that authorities positively identified the remains of Cpl. Harold Evans last month, after matching the DNA of some remains with DNA provided by his siblings.
Evans' remains will be escorted from Honolulu to Fargo, N.D., on Wednesday, then to Thief River Falls, in northern Minnesota, where he will be buried Oct. 12 with full military honors.
"It's a miracle," said his sister-in-law, AnnaRose Evans, of Bottineau, N.D. Her husband, Glenn, spent most of his life trying to recover the remains of his younger brother, she told the newspaper. Glenn Evans died in October 2011.
Harold Evans' family left the Grygla area and moved to Shelton, Wash., in 1945. Evans joined the Army a short time later and was 22 when he was sent to North Korea in 1950. A letter he wrote home on Thanksgiving Day of that year is believed to be the last communication he had with his family.
"I sure wish I was there with you but it won't be long," he wrote. "I'm getting kind of homesick now when I'm here fighting this war, but don't worry about me. I'll be all right."
The family got a glimpse of what might have happened to Evans in a letter his commanding officer, 1st Lt. Henry Trawick, wrote to Glenn Evans. In the letter, dated Oct. 27, 1952, Trawick wrote that Harold Evans drove a jeep for him, and they were worn out when they stopped near the Chosin Reservoir to relieve the Marines.
"I cannot recall seeing your brother Harold again after that day, 27 November 1950," Trawick wrote. "The following morning at 0300 hours, a Division of Chinese hit our small Battalion. We were completely surrounded and cut off from the nearest friendly outfit, the Marines, who were 12 miles south of our position."