WASHINGTON D.C. — The remains of an Alger man killed during the Korean War have been identified as that of Army Pfc. Wilbur T. Tackett. He was 18 when he was reported missing in action Dec. 6, 1950, when enemy forces attacked his unit near the Chosin Reservoir in North Korea.
Tackett was a member of Battery B, 57th Field Artillery, 7th Infantry Division.
According to a news release by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, in July 2018, following the summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un, North Korea turned over 55 boxes containing the remains of American service members killed during the Korean War.
In early August of this year, Tackett’s remains were positively identified through DNA testing.
Tackett will be buried in his hometown of Alger at a date to be determined.
Today, more than 7,600 Americans remain unaccounted for from the Korean War.
Tackett’s 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.
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