Phillips, Henry Richardson, CPT

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Last Rank
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
1542-Infantry Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Officer)
Primary Unit
1968-1968, 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
Service Years
1964 - 1968



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Home State
Rhode Island
Rhode Island
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address

Phillips Memorial Cemetery
Providence County
Rhode Island, USA

Casualty Date
Sep 22, 1968
Hostile, Died
Artillery, Rocket, Mortar
Tay Ninh (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
43W 065

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Military Order of the Purple HeartVietnam Veterans Memorial
  2013, Military Order of the Purple Heart [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2013, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 Unit Assignments
4th Battalion, 23rd Infantry25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
  1968-1968, 1542, 4th Battalion, 23rd Infantry
  1968-1968, 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase IV Campaign (1968)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase V Campaign (1968)
 Colleges Attended 
University of Rhode Island
  1960-1964, University of Rhode Island
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
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He was awarded the DSC, posthumously, for actions on 25 August 1968.

Distinguished Service Cross

Awarded posthumously for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918 (amended by act of July 25, 1963), takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Captain (Infantry) Henry Richardson Phillips, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam, while serving with Company C, 4th Battalion (Mechanized), 23d Infantry, 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division.

Captain Phillips distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 25 August 1968 when his company and a convoy that it was supporting were ambushed by two North Vietnamese Army battalions between Tay Ninh and Go Dau Ha. Captain Phillips flew to the scene of battle and jumped to the ground from his hovering helicopter amid intense enemy fire. Finding that his first platoon was in danger of being overrun, he quickly gathered a force to assist the threatened element and halted the advance of the communists.

As he was leading a counterattack to secure a landing zone for an ambulance helicopter, he and his men came under heavy rocket-propelled grenade and automatic weapons fire from the flank. Grabbing four light antitank weapons, he moved through the hostile fusillade to a point from which he was able to destroy a rocket-propelled grenade team and an automatic weapons position. Once the casualties were safely evacuated, Captain Phillips led a small group of volunteers into the killing zone of the ambush to extract several remaining dead and wounded personnel. He then organized a withdrawal as darkness set in and, although wounded by an enemy rocket-propelled grenade, succeeded in leading his men to an allied compound.

Captain Phillips' extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.

General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Army, Vietnam, General Orders No. 1143 (April 3, 1969) Action Date: 22-Sep-68
Service: Army
Rank: Captain
Company: Company C
Battalion: 4th Battalion (Mechanized)
Regiment: 23d Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade
Division: 25th Infantry Division

Captain Phillips was killed in the late afternoon of 22 September 1968  by mortar rounds.

He left a wife whom he'd married in Jamestown.  (No other information at this time.)

"Prior to joining the 25th Infantry Division in Vietnam, Captain Phillips served as Adjutant for the United States Army Marksmanship Training Unit at Fort Benning, Georgia.  The Phillips Range at Fort Benning is named in honor of Captain Henry R. Phillips."

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