Sergeant Truslow entered the U.S. Army from Virginia and served in Company L, 3rd Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division.
On the evening of November 27, 1950, Chinese Communist Forces (CCF) launched a massive attack against the U.S. and United Nations troops stationed in the Chosin Reservoir area in northeast North Korea, resulting in a seventeen-day conflict that became known as the Battle of Chosin Reservoir. At the time of the initial CCF attack, members the U.S. Army's 31st and 32nd Infantry Regiments were defending the area north of Sinhung-ni, on the east side of the reservoir. The defenders were overwhelmed by the numerically superior CCF, and on December 1, were forced to withdraw to friendly lines at Hagaru-ri. Chinese roadblocks from Sinhung-ni to Hagaru-ri along with the constant enemy fire from the surrounding high ground, made the withdrawal route extremely dangerous. SGT Truslow went missing in action on December 12, 1950, somewhere near the Chosin Reservoir.
In June 2018, U.S. President Trump and D.P.R.K. Chairman Kim conducted a summit meeting in Singapore. As a result of that meeting, and following a joint field forensic review involving Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) personnel and D.P.R.K. representatives, the DPAA accessioned 55 boxes of remains into the laboratory for scientific analysis and possible identification in August 2018. Laboratory analysis and the totality of the circumstantial evidence available established one set of these remains as those of SGT Truslow.
A visitation for family and friends will be held at Everly-Wheatley Funeral Home on Thursday, April 21, 2022 from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m.
A funeral service will be held on Friday, April 22, 2022 at the Fort Myer Old Post Chapel at 1:00 p.m. with interment following at Arlington National Cemetery.
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