The Hackenberg family was finally able to have a proper funeral for Private First Class Walter Hackenberg. The soldier was declared dead back in 1951 after being taken prisoner of war in the Korean War, but his body had never been identified. Then last year, thanks to DNA technology, his remains were returned to Adams Township, Pennsylvania.
The fallen soldier was given a full military funeral, with a military chaplain assisting, and an officer presenting awards to Hackenberg’s family. An honors team presided over the graveside ceremony. The service finally gives the family closure after 66 long years.
"It's closure and I think there's a borderline excitement here.” says Staff Sergeant Damon Hassinger. “This is where he was raised, and now he’s home for good.”