Belgrade serviceman identified 60 years after death
BOZEMAN, Mont. - The Department of Defense announced Friday U.S. Army Sergeant Harold Haugland's remains have been identified, more than 60 years after he was pronounced dead.
Haugland served in the Korean War and was declared missing by the U.S. Army in 1950, when his unit returned from battle without him. Haugland was pronounced dead in 1953 when no returning prisoners of war could account for him.
Scientists from the Department of Defense found the remains in 2004 of five individuals on the eastern bank of the Chosin Reservoir in North Korea in the 36th Joint Recovery Operation.
The scientists used DNA analysis to identify one of the five as Haugland.
"I was shocked," Haugland's nephew Clayton said. "I think the rest of the family was too, because they really didn't believe it would ever happen either."
Harold Haugland's remains will be returned to his family. He will be buried with full military honors June 17.