Trawick wrote that they waited for reinforcements for three days before they were ordered out. Many died on both sides. They continued fighting for 9 miles, and were just 3 miles from reaching the Marines when their trucks were stopped, Trawick wrote. They were out of ammunition and unable to fight.
"That is as far as the trucks, loaded with wounded, ever got. The Chinese took many prisoners and treated them well. Only a very few got out. Many were dead. It was extremely cold, 40 degrees below zero, so that most of the wounded froze to death.
"I can only hope and pray your brother Harold was one of the prisoners," he wrote.
Between 1991 and 1994, North Korea released about 280 boxes believed to contain the remains of 350 to 400 U.S. servicemen. Some were recovered from the Chosin Reservoir area, where Evans was last seen. The Department of Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office said Evans' remains were among them.
"It means so much to have Harold home on U.S. soil," said Lori Evans, a niece who lives in Olympia, Wash. "There are so many families waiting to hear, from this war and others. In that respect, we are one of the lucky ones."