Phillips, George, Pvt

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Last Rank
Private
Last Primary MOS
521-Other duty (PFC/Private)
Primary Unit
1944-1945, 0300, 2nd Bn, 28th Marine Regiment (2/28)
Service Years
1944 - 1945

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Home State
Missouri
Missouri
Year of Birth
1926
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
Labadie, MO

Casualty Date
Mar 14, 1945
 
Cause
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Reason
Other Explosive Device
Location
Japan
Conflict
World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Western Pacific Campaign (1944-45)/Battle of Iwo Jima
Location of Interment
Bethel Cemetery - Labadie, Missouri
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1944, Boot Camp (San Diego, CA)
 Unit Assignments
28th Marine Regiment
  1944-1945, 0300, 2nd Bn, 28th Marine Regiment (2/28)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1945-1945 Western Pacific Campaign (1944-45)/Battle of Iwo Jima
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Guard Duty on Iwo Jima

   
Comments/Citation
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the MEDAL OF HONOR posthumously to

PRIVATE GEORGE PHILLIPS
UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS RESERVE

for service as set forth in the following CITATION:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving with Second Battalion, Twenty-eight Marines, Fifth Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces during the seizure of Iwo Jima in the Volcano Islands, on 14 March 1945. Standing the fox-hole watch while other members of his squad rested after a night of bitter hand grenade fighting against infiltrating Japanese troops, Private Phillips was the only member of his unit alerted when an enemy hand grenade was tossed into their midst. Instantly shouting a warning, he unhesitatingly threw himself on the deadly missile, absorbing the shattering violence of the exploding charge in his own body and protecting his comrades from serious injury. Stouthearted and indomitable, Private Phillips willingly yielded his own life that his fellow Marines might carry on the relentless battle against a fanatic enemy and his superb valor and unfaltering spirit of self-sacrifice in the face of certain death reflect the highest credit upon himself and upon the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

/S/ HARRY S. TRUMAN

   
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