The 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) Caisson Platoon, soldiers assigned to 1st Battalion, 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), and a drummer and a bugler from the U.S. Army Band, “Pershing’s Own,” conduct modified military funeral honors with funeral escort for U.S. Army Cpl. Henry Phillips in Section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, August 7, 2020.
From the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA):
In late 1950, Phillips was a member of Company C, 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division. He was reported missing in action Nov. 28, 1950, in the vicinity of Anju, North Korea, when his unit was attacked by enemy forces. Following the war, returning American prisoners of war reported that Phillips had been captured and died at Prisoner of War Camp #5, on March 17, 1951.
In September 1954, during Operation Glory, North Korea returned remains reportedly recovered from Pyoktong, also known as Prisoner of War Camp 5, to the United Nations Command. One set of remains, Unknown X-13491, could not be identified and was buried in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, known as the Punchbowl, in Honolulu.
On June 11, 2018, the Department of Defense disinterred Unknown X-13491 and sent the remains to the DPAA laboratory for analysis.
To identify Phillips’ remains, scientists from DPAA used dental, anthropological and chest radiograph comparison analysis, as well as circumstantial and material evidence. Additionally, scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) analysis.
His niece, Elvira Brooks, received the U.S. flag from his casket.
(U.S. Army photo by Elizabeth Fraser / Arlington National Cemetery / released)
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