Procession Bringing Back Alger Native Killed in North Korea Makes its Way Through Kenton Tuesday Afternoon

Written by on August 16, 2021

A procession bringing back a Hardin County native who was killed in action during the Korean War will take place Tuesday afternoon.

Private First Class Wilbur Thomas “Tommy” Tackett was listed as Missing in Action while fighting in North Korea on or about December 2, 1950. 

He was presumed dead at the age of 18 on December 31, 1953. 

In 2018, North Korea turned over 55 boxes purported to contain the remains of American service members killed during the Korean War following a summit with President Trump. 

DNA analysis confirmed one of the boxes contained the remains of Tackett. 

He will arrive at John Glenn International Airport in Columbus at around 3 in the afternoon where a brief military service will take place.

The procession led by the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office will then travel into Kenton on State Route 31 and is expected to arrive at around 4:30 to 4:45 Tuesday afternoon.

It will then proceed to State Route 309 to Hanson-Neely-Allison Funeral Home in Alger at around 5:15.

A full military graveside service will then be held Saturday August 21 starting at 10:00am at Preston Cemetery.

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