Remains of army soldier killed in Korean War will be buried in Livonia

The remains of US Army Pfc. Philip T. Hoogacker, killed during the Korean War, will be buried on July 23 in Livonia.

Hoogacker, from Detroit, was 23.

Officials said he was reported missing in action on July 27, 1950, after his unit was attacked near Anui, South Korea. He was last seen receiving first aid for a minor shrapnel injury. According to the Defense POW / MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA), historians believe Hoogacker was captured by the Korean People’s Army and forcibly marched to Seoul, then to Pyongyang, where he died as a prisoner of war.

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According to DPAA, Hoogacker was a member of D Company, 1st Battalion, 29th Infantry Regiment.

Officials said his remains, along with other unidentified remains, were buried in the fall of 1954 at the Pacific National Memorial Cemetery in Honolulu, Hawaii, after they were found and returned to the United States as part of Operation Glory. They were exhumed in April 2018 as part of phase 1 of the Korean War exhumation project for analysis.

Officials said Hoogacker was found on April 16, 2021, through dental, anthropological and mitochondrial DNA testing.

According to a press release, he will be buried at Parkview Memorial Cemetery in Livonia. Funeral services will be held at RG & GR Harris funeral homes.

Officials said his name had been registered in Korean War Missing Persons Courts. A rosette will be placed next to his name indicating that he is counted.

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More than 7,500 Americans remain missing from the Korean War.

After: Local news coverage

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