Phillips, William Richardson, 2ndLt

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Second Lieutenant
Last Primary MOS
0302-Infantry Officer
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Primary Unit
1952-1952, 0302, Headquarters Battery, 11th Marine Regiment/HQ Btry
Service Years
1946 - 1952

Second Lieutenant


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Casualty Info
Home Town
Newport News
Last Address
Hampton, VA

Casualty Date
Oct 30, 1952
Hostile, Died
Multiple Fragmentation Wounds
Korea, South
Korean War/Korea, Summer-Fall 1952/Battle of the Hook
Location of Interment
Peninsula Memorial Park Cemetery - Newport News, Virginia
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Not Specified

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  1952, Korean War Fallen

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 Unit Assignments
 11th Marine Regiment
  1952-1952, 0302, Headquarters Battery, 11th Marine Regiment/HQ Btry
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1952-1952 Korean War/Korea, Summer-Fall 1952/Battle of the Hook
 Colleges Attended
United States Naval Academy
  1947-1951, United States Naval Academy
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Last Known Activity
2nd Lt. William Phillips served at the end of WWII as an enlisted Marine.  He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1951.

In Korea, he served with the Sound Ranging Section, Hq. Battery, 11th Marines.

He was killed by shrapnel at OP-3, The Hook, Western Outposts, Korea.
Silver Star

Awarded for actions during the Korean War

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Second Lieutenant William Richardson Phillips, United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity as Officer in Charge of the Sound Ranging Section of the Eleventh Marines, FIRST Marine Division (Reinforced), in action against enemy aggressor forces in Korea on 26 October 1952.

Learning that both the observation and living bunkers on his outpost had been destroyed by hostile forces, Second Lieutenant Phillips immediately organized and led a search unit to the position to locate and reorganize his personnel. When his party was subjected to intense enemy artillery and mortar barrages and forced to seek cover on a bunker upon arrival in the devastated sector, he bravely made his way into the fire-swept terrain on four separate occasions and, in the face of persistent fire, methodically searched the area in an effort to locate his men or gain information as to their whereabouts, returning to the emplacement only for periodic checks with others who were assisting in the search.

Locating one of his men, he led him through the enemy fire to safety, again exposed himself to the heavy barrage to obtain medical assistance for a wounded member of the search party and assisted in carrying the stricken man to the battalion aid station.

By his exceptional courage, inspiring leadership and selfless devotion to the fulfillment of his mission, Second Lieutenant Phillips upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

Action Date: October 26, 1952
Service: Marine Corps
Rank: Second Lieutenant
Regiment: 11th Marines
Division: 1st Marine Division (Rein.)
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