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Wesley Phelps

Birthdate: (21)
Birthplace: Neafus, Kentucky, USA
Death: October 4, 1944 (21) (KIA)
Place of Burial: Rosine, Ohio, Kentucky, USA
Managed by: Shirley Marie Caulk
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About Wesley Phelps

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pride in presenting the Medal of Honor (Posthumously) to Private Wesley Phelps, 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 Third Battalion, Seventh Marines, FIRST Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Peleliu Island, Palau Group, during a savage hostile counterattack on the night of 4 October 1944. Stationed with another Marine in an advanced position when a Japanese hand grenade landed in his foxhole Private First Class Phelps instantly shouted a warning to his comrade and rolled over on the deadly bomb, absorbing with his own body the full, shattering impact of the exploding charge. Courageous and indomitable, Private First Class Phelps fearlessly gave his life that another might be spared serious injury, and his great valor and heroic devotion to duty in the face of certain death reflect the highest credit upon himself and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

Action Date: October 4, 1944

Service: Marine Corps

Rank: Private

Battalion: 3d Battalion

Regiment: 7th Marines

Division: 1st Marine Division

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Wesley Phelps's Timeline

June 12, 1923
Neafus, Kentucky, USA
October 4, 1944
Age 21
Rosine, Ohio, Kentucky, USA