Korean War remains identified as North Carolina soldier
By PAUL B. JOHNSON | The High Point Enterprise | Published: February 9, 2019
HIGH POINT, N.C. (Tribune News Service) — A Korean War soldier from High Point who died in battle but never had his missing remains returned to his family finally will come home.
A U.S. government agency announced Friday that forensic investigators identified remains as those of Pvt. Winfred L. Reynolds. Winfred, a medic with the 32nd Infantry Division of the 8th Army, was killed while administering aid to a wounded soldier.
Reynolds was killed on April 26, 1951, and awarded the Bronze Star for valor posthumously. His mother on Ward Street was informed of the death 68 years ago by the U.S. Army.
“One of a family of seven children, Pvt. Reynolds has four sisters and two brothers,” The High Point Enterprise reported at the time. “He received his schooling at Cloverdale Elementary School and High Point Junior High School.”
Reynolds enlisted in the Army in 1948.
During the war, Reynolds’ remains couldn’t be recovered on the battlefield, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency reports.
Two years ago, the Ministry of National Defense Agency for Killed in Action Recovery and Identification, a South Korean organization, searched the area where Reynolds was killed and recovered possible remains. The remains were turned over to U.S. government forensic investigators, who identified them as Reynolds through DNA, according to the Defense Department agency.
There are still 7,670 Americans remain unaccounted for from the Korean War, according to the agency.
“Reynolds’ name is recorded on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, along with the others who are missing from the Korean War. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for,” the agency says in a statement about the High Point man’s identification.