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
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
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.
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
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.