RIP, Sgt. Virgil Lee Phillips:
On Nov. 2, 1950, Sgt. Virgil Lee Phillips' unit was overrun by Chinese troops attacking near Unsan in North Korea.
Phillips' battalion was surrounded, and he was one of more than 350 soldiers unaccounted for after the battle.
The Martin County, Ind., man, who had a reputation for not walking away from a fight, was declared missing in action.
On Wednesday, after more than 57 years as a statistic, the remains of the Korean War soldier are returning to Loogootee where he was born in 1925. On Friday, he will be buried with full military honors.
Flags are flown at half-mast when somebody "big" or important or beloved dies. Wouldn't it be cool if the state did it Friday for this guy?