The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Army Cpl. Donald E. Angle, 21, of Clear Spring, Maryland, killed during the Korean War, was accounted for on July 2, 2019.
(This identification was initially published July 8, 2019.)
In the summer of 1950, Angle was a member of Company C, 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, fighting against members of the Korean People’s Army. On July 25, 1950, he was reported missing in action in the vicinity of Yongdong, South Korea. Absent evidence of continued survival, the Department of the Army declared him deceased as of Dec. 31, 1953.
In February 1951, a Search and Recovery Team of the 565th Quartermaster Graves Registration Company recovered a partial set of remains, designated as Unknown X-485 Tanggok, from a hill less than a mile from Yongdong, South Korea. In June 1955, the remains were declared unidentifiable and were subsequently transferred to the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (NMCP,) known as the Punchbowl, in Honolulu and were interred as an Unknown.
On August 20, 2018, following thorough historical and scientific analysis, X-485 Tanggok was disinterred from the Punchbowl and sent to the laboratory for analysis.
To identify Angle’s remains, scientists from DPAA used dental, anthropological and chest radiograph comparison analysis, as well as circumstantial and material evidence.
DPAA is grateful to the Department of Veterans Affairs for their partnership in this mission.
Today, 7,628 Americans remain unaccounted for from the Korean War. Using modern technology, identifications continue to be made from remains that were previously returned by Korean officials, recovered from Korea by American recovery teams or disinterred from unknown graves. Angle’s name is recorded on the Courts of the Missing at the Punchbowl along with others who are missing from the Korean War. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.
For family contact information, contact the Army Service Casualty Office at (800) 892-2490.
Angle will be buried Oct. 6, 2019, in Welsh Run, Pennsylvania.