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George Phillips

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Rich Hill, Missouri, USA
Death: Died
Cause of death: KIA
Place of Burial: Bethel Cemetery, Labadie, Franklin, Missouri, USA
Managed by: Marvin Caulk, (C)
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About George Phillips

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pride in presenting the Medal of Honor (Posthumously) to Private George Phillips, United States Marine Corps Reserve, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving with the Second Battalion, Twenty-Eighth 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 foxhole 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. 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.

Action Date: March 14, 1945

Service: Marine Corps

Rank: Private

Battalion: 2d Battalion

Regiment: 28th Marines

Division: 5th Marine Division

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George Phillips's Timeline

1926
July 14, 1926
Rich Hill, Missouri, USA
1945
March 14, 1945
Age 18
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Labadie, Franklin, Missouri, USA