Sgt. Virgil Lee Phillips, 24, Loogootee, Ind., passed away Nov. 2, 1950, after his position was overrun by a massive Chinese attack in North Korea, near the Chinese border.
He was born Nov. 13, 1925, in Loogootee, the son of Charlie and Sara Jane (Gates) Phillips.
He served in the Army with Company "K", 8th Cavalry Division assigned to Unsan County, North Korea and also served in World War II. He was considered Missing In Action for 57 years, beginning Nov. 2, 1950.
Virgil has four brothers, Elmer, Joseph, "Chick" and Paul Eugene Phillips, who are all now deceased. His only son, Jerry Phillips, passed away in 1997.
He is survived by grandson, Chad L. Phillips, Shoals, Ind., former daughter-in-law Alice A. Phillips-Robbins, Shoals, Ind., sister-in-law Thelma Phillips, Columbus, Ind., and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call Friday, April 18, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at Lee Funeral Home, Loogootee, Ind. Services will be Friday, April 18, at 2 p.m., at the funeral home with Army Captain Staggers officiating, and burial services will follow at Goodwill Cemetery, Loogootee, Ind. The United States Army Honor Guard from Fort Knox, Ky., will conduct graveside services.