Phillips, Virgil, Sgt

Fallen
 
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Last Rank
Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
4745-Light Weapons Infantryman
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
2003-2003, 4745, 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry
Service Years
1944 - 1950

Sergeant


Two Service Stripes



Four Overseas Service Bars


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Home State
Indiana
Indiana
Year of Birth
1925
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
Loogootee

Casualty Date
Nov 01, 1950
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Artillery, Rocket, Mortar
Location
Korea, North
Conflict
Korean War
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Honorably Discharged WW II


 Unofficial Badges 




 Military Association Memberships
1st Cavalry Division AssociationN/AKorean War Veterans Association (KWVA)Military Order of the Purple Heart
  2008, 1st Cavalry Division Association [Verified]
  2008, Combat Infantrymen's Association, N/A (Member) [Verified]
  2008, Korean War Veterans Association (KWVA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2008, Military Order of the Purple Heart [Verified] - Assoc. Page


 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 2nd Award
Rifle
Auto Rifle
Pistol

 
 Unit Assignments
1st Cavalry Division3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry
  1949-1950, 4745, 1st Cavalry Division/HHC
  2003-2003, 4745, 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 World War II
  1945-1945 Luzon Campaign (1944-45)/Battle for Manila
  1945-1945 WWII - Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Surrender of Japan
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Defensive (1950)/Battle of Pusan Perimeter
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Defensive (1950)/Battle of Pusan Perimeter
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Defensive (1950)/Battle of Osan
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Offensive (1950)/Eighth Army Offensive
  1950-1953 Korean War
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Sergeant Virgil Lee Phillips was a veteran of World War II. In Korea, he was a member of Company K, 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division. He was listed as Missing in Action while fighting the enemy near Unsan, North Korea on November 2, 1950. He was presumed dead on December 31,

In November 1950, Phillips was assigned to Company K, 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division then operating in Unsan, North Korea, near a bend in the Kuryong River known as the Camel’s Head. On Nov. 1, parts of two Chinese Communist divisions struck the 1st Cavalry Division’s lines, collapsing the perimeter and forcing a withdrawal. In the process, the 3rd Battalion was surrounded and effectively ceased to exist as a fighting unit. 
   
Comments/Citation
Sergeant Virgil Lee Phillips was awarded the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantryman's Badge, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation, the Republic of Korea War Service Medal and the World War II Victory Medal. 

Virgil Phillips was born in 1925 in Loogootee, and his family moved to Columbus in the late 1930s but eventually moved back. He enlisted in the Army in 1944 and served two tours of duty.

His remains were found in the area southwest of Unsan known as the "Camel's Head." 

Burial Location: Goodwill Cemetery, Loogootee, Indiana

MOS 4745
SN RA35813775

   
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