Two Sons of a Veteran Whose Remains Are Home Finally Have Closure

They have their father's dog tag now — and in an emotional interview on 'Fox & Friends,' they shared pride and gratitude

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The first remains of American war heroes sent home from North Korea have been identified — and are finally back on U.S. soil.

Some families have been waiting 60 years, 65 years, or more for news related to their loved ones.

The president announced the first return of remains via two tweets last week.

“Army Master Sgt. Charles H. McDaniel, 32, of Vernon, Indiana, and Army Pfc. William H. Jones, 19, of Nash County, North Carolina, are the first American remains from North Korea to be identified as a result of my Summit with Chairman Kim. These HEROES are home, they may Rest In Peace, and hopefully their families can have closure.”

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Charles McDaniel’s sons spoke Wednesday morning to Fox News co-host Steve Doocy (shown above center) of “Fox & Friends.”

“We figured [there are] roughly 55 boxes [coming back from North Korea and] 5,500 missing in action — so [there was] about a 1 percent chance or less” of knowing it was actually their father, said Charles McDaniel Jr. (above left) on Wednesday morning. “The dog tags certainly amped it up in terms of the odds.”

Previously he had told “Fox & Friends,” “I don’t think any of us assumed that he was still alive, but now we have more of a reality.”

That reality is now driven home in spades.

The two sons, Charles McDaniel Jr. and Larry McDaniel, essentially had to fight to contain their emotions.

“I couldn’t count the times” that he’d held the dog tag in his hands and thought about how his father had worn that around his neck as a serviceman, said Charles McDaniel Jr.

“Many people have asked to see [it] … and that’s always given me a reason to pause and reflect … It’s a symbol that makes you rethink it for a minute.”

“We’re glad that the government is making such tremendous effort to identify these heroes.”

Said Larry McDaniel (above right), “Obviously, we were both surprised, and when we got [their father’s] dog tags it gave us some hope that it would be conclusive, which it was. So it’s just a surprise. And we’re glad that the government is making such tremendous effort to identify these heroes.”

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“For me there’s always a little mystery left,” said Charles McDaniel about his father’s last moments.

“You don’t know the exact circumstances [of what happened] … but it’s certainly a big step in understanding that, for sure, he was killed” in North Korea amid the fighting.

Watch the full video below of the sons’ emotional comments about the return of their dad’s remains:

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