MIA Soldier From Korean War Accounted For
23-year-old Army Private First Class Phillip T. Hoogacker from Detroit will be laid to rest on July 23, 2021 in Livonia, Michigan.
Hoogacker was a member of Company D, 1st Battalion, 29th Infantry Regiment.
On July 27, 1950 Hoogacker was reported missing in action after his unit was attacked near Anui, South Korea. He was last seen after receiving first aid for a minor shrapnel wound.
DPAA historians believe Hoogacker was captured by the Korean People’s Army and forced to march to Seoul then to Pyongyang, where he died as a prisoner of war.
In the fall of 1954, United Nations Command made a deal with North Korea and China regarding the recovery and return of the dead to their rightful nations. This agreement, known as Operation GLORY, took place between Sept. 1 and Oct. 30, 1954.
A set of remains, later labeled “Unknown X-16833,” was returned, along with three other sets of remains from a group burial. Two of the sets of remains were identified by the Central Identification Unit in Kokura, Japan, but the other two, including X-16833, couldn’t be identified.
The remains were then sent to Honolulu, Hawaii to be placed with other unidentified Korean War remains at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, also known as the Punchbowl.
In April 2018, during Phase 1 of the Korean War Disinterment Project, X-16833 was removed from the Punchbowl and transferred to the DPAA Laboratory at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii to be analyzed.
The Korean War Disinterment Project was created to help identify the remains of those who were recovered in Korea after the war.
Scientists from DPAA used dental and anthropological analysis to identify Hoogacker’s remains.
They also had scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System use mitochondrial DNA analysis to help.
The DPAA say Hoogacker’s name has been recorded on the Courts of the Missing at the Punchbowl and a rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.