WV Family Awaits Word on Missing Soldier

Special Reports

Almost seven decades since he last heard from his brother, Joe Chandler and his wife Juanita sit and wait for any answers.

The last conversation Joe had with Teddy was in 1950 when Teddy was about to head off to the Korean War. Teddy was only 18 years old at the time when he joined the Army. Now, he was off to fight in a new war.

“I told him to take care of himself and try to come home safe.” said Joe, who was returning from Germany after a tour in the Army.

The tragic word reached home that Teddy was missing in action, and then it was reported he was presumed dead. His body was never returned.

Fast forward to today. The
Chandler‘s are now anxious about the latest agreement between the US and North Korea. The US military is now preparing for the remains of some of its soldiers killed in the conflict to finally return home.

Time is running out on Joe to see his brother finally return home. He’s 89 years old and the last survivor of seven children who grew up with Teddy.

After all this time with no answers, Joe wonders if his brother, who served in what’s often called the forgotten war, was himself forgotten.

“They (US investigators) say they done everything they could to find everybody,” said Joe.

That was over 12 years ago; the last time Joe heard from a group searching for Teddy.

While the process of recovering remains is still very slow, it is improving.

At the new Defense POW-MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) in Hawaii, the largest forensic anthropology lab in the world,  researchers sift through remains of missing service members, using DNA to match and return them to loved ones. Click here for  more information about DPAA and “FamWeb” – an online space for sharing updates, content, and new information with families of personnel who are unaccounted-for and recently identified from past conflicts.

The new agreement between the US and North Korea reportedly will mean a return of the remains of between 200 and 250 service members to repatriate them – and that could happen very soon.

For Joe and Juanita Chandler, that news could finally help bring closure and make sure Teddy is not forgotten. 

Copyright 2019 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Download the FREE WOWK 13 News App

Washington DC Bureau

More Washington DC Bureau

Don't Miss

Trending Stories

Local Events