PFC Walter's Story

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PFC Walter C. Hackenberg, 23, of Middleburg, died Sept. 9, 1951, while being held as a prisoner of war in Korea.

His remains were buried in the National Military Cemetery of the Pacific until being identified.

Walter was born Aug. 26, 1928, in Franklin Township, Snyder County, a son of the late Henry M. and Hattie M. (Walter) Hackenberg.

He was a member of Fox Company 2nd Batallion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Divison.

He attended Hassinger School, Middleburg, and Zion E.U.B. Church, Middleburg.

Walter was awarded the Purple Heart, Prisoner of War Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal, The Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation, the United Nations Service Medal, the Republic of Korea War Service Medal, and the Combat Infantryman Badge.

He is survived by five sisters, Helen Herman, of Rolling Hills Manor, Millmont, Stella Knepp, Peggy Walter and her husband, Carl, Darlene Sycz, all of Middleburg, and Linda Walter, of Lewisburg; one brother-in-law, Robert Frank, of New Berlin.

He was preceded in death by three sister, Betty Herman, Norma Solomon, and Neida Frank; four half siblings, Robert, Paul, Edgar, and Anna May Hackenberg.

Friends and family will be received from 1 to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, at Zion United Methodist Church, Middleburg, followed by the funeral at 1:30, with Pastor Bob Klingerman officiating.
Burial with full military honors will be in Zion United Methodist Church Cemetery.
Arrangements are by the Hummel Funeral Home, 574 Hill St., Middleburg.
Published on October 26, 2017
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