In the winter of 1950, Chinese communist forces stampeded across the frozen border with North Korea. American troops were among those on the other side. They were surrounded and outnumbered.
It became known as “The Battle of Chosin Reservoir,” and it left thousands of American service members dead or wounded.
Many Americans just went missing – for decades. Among them was 22-year-old Sgt. Robert Dakin, of Waltham, Mass.
“Bob was the apple of my grandmother’s eye. She was just so proud of what he could do, ” says David Cline, who never met his uncle. He was born two years after Dakin disappeared. But the man is a legend to him, his siblings and their children.
Photo credit: Jesse Costa/WBUR; Courtesy of David Cline