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World War II - U.S. Marine Corps Reserve

George Phillips

Details
  • Rank: Private
  • Conflict/Era: World War II
  • Unit/Command:
    2d Battalion, 28th Marines,
    5th Marine Division
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Marine Corps Reserve
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: March 14, 1945
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands
Citation
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving with the 2d Battalion, 28th Marines, 5th Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces during the seizure of Iwo Jima in the Volcano Islands on 14 March 1945. Standing the foxhole watch while other members of his squad rested after a night of bitter hand-grenade fighting against infiltrating Japanese troops, Pvt. 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, Pvt. Phillips willingly yielded his own life that his fellow marines might carry on the relentless battle against a fanatic enemy. His superb valor and unfaltering spirit of self-sacrifice in the face of certain death reflect the highest credit upon himself and upon the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Medal of Honor Recipient George Phillips
Medal of Honor Recipient George Phillips
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Labadie, Franklin County, Missouri
  • Awarded Posthumously: Yes
  • Born: July 14, 1926, Rich Hill, Vernon County, MO, United States
  • Died: March 14, 1945, Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands
  • Buried: Bethel Cemetery (MH), Labadie, MO, United States
 

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