PFC Philip Warren “Flip” Ackley

PFC Philip Warren “Flip” Ackley

Birth
Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, USA
Death 2 Nov 1950 (aged 35)
North Korea
Memorial Site* Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA

* A structure erected in honor of someone whose remains lie elsewhere.

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Korea US Army
Private First Class
8th Regiment 1st Cavalry Division

Private First Class Ackley was a member of Company I, 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division. He was listed as Missing in Action while fighting the enemy near Unsan, North Korea on November 2, 1950. He was presumed dead on December 31, 1953. Private First Class Ackley was awarded the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantryman's Badge, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal.

U.S., Korean War Casualties, 1950-1957:

Name: Philip Warren Ackley
Birth Date: 4 Mar 1915
Gender: Male
Race: White
Home City: Hillsborough
Home State: New Hampshire
Citizen Status: US
Casualty Date: 2 Nov 1950
Casualty Country: Democratic People's Republic of Korea
Casualty Type: DECLARED DEAD
Group: MISSING IN ACTION
Service Branch: US Army
Rank: Private
Pay Grade:
Private (U.S. Army) Or Airman Third Class (Airman) (U.S. Air Force) Or Private First Class (U.S. Marine Corps) Or Grade/Rate Abbreviations With First Column: A,C,D,F,H,S,Or T; Third And Fourth Columns: Blank (U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard)
Previous Detail: NO REMAINS FOUND
Disposed Date: 31 Dec 1953
Organization: 8 RGT 1 CAV DIV
Service Occupation: LIGHT WEAPONS INFANTRYMAN
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On Oct 13, 2014 Foxnews published a story: North Korea claims remains of US soldiers being 'carried away en masse." They showed an undated photo of dog tags that belonged to PFC Philip Ackley.

Here is the complete story:

SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea said Monday that the remains of American soldiers killed during the Korean War were being neglected and "carried away en masse," in an apparent effort to pressure Washington to resume recovery efforts that could also lead to much-needed money for the impoverished country.

The United States suspended efforts to recover the remains of thousands of U.S. soldiers who died during the Korean War because of the North's plans to launch a long-range rocket in 2012. The U.S. at the time was just starting the process of resuming excavation work that had been suspended in 2005 when Washington said security arrangements for its personnel working in the North were insufficient. North Korea would have received millions of dollars in compensation for its support of the work.

About 8,000 U.S. service members are listed as missing from the 1950-53 war, and some 5,300 of the missing are believed to be in North Korea.

On Monday, an unidentified North Korean military spokesman said in a state media dispatch that the remains of American soldiers are "left here and there uncared and carried away en masse" because of building projects, land reorganization and flood damage.

The U.S. war remains "now look like no better than stones as land rezoning and other gigantic nature-remaking projects made progress" in North Korea, the spokesman said. "The Obama administration should not forget even a moment the proverb saying that even a skeleton cries out of yearning for the homeland."

Analyst Chang Yong Seok at Seoul National University said the North's statement appears aimed at applying pressure to U.S. politicians and officials ahead of November elections to resume the recovery project, which could give the North a way to get foreign currency and improved ties with Washington.

The U.S. and North Korea, which don't have formal diplomatic relations, are still technically at war because the Korean War ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty. The U.S. stations about 28,000 troops in South Korea to help deter North Korean aggression.

North Korea has been seeking better ties with the outside world in what foreign analysts say is an attempt to lure aid and investment to help revive its moribund economy. South Korean and U.S. officials have said the North must first take steps toward nuclear disarmament before talks can resume.

There were signs of easing tension earlier this month when a group of high-powered North Korean officials visited South Korea and agreed to revive senior-level talks between the rivals. But the North last week opened fire with machine guns after activists in the South launched balloons carrying anti-Pyongyang leaflets across the heavily armed border. South Korea returned fire. There were no reports of injuries or damage.

*Thank you goes to Find A Grave contributor Steve Franklin for this information.*


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  • Created by: CindyS
  • Added: 2 Jun 2013
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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for PFC Philip Warren “Flip” Ackley (4 Mar 1915–2 Nov 1950), Find a Grave Memorial no. 111660585, citing Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA ; Maintained by CindyS (contributor 18484625) .