For sacrificing his life on Iwo Jima, Pvt George Phillips was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.
Private Phillips was born in Bates County, Missouri, 14 July 1926, and worked on the railroad before enlisting in the Marine Corps on 25 April 1944.
The decoration was received by his uncle, with whom Pvt Phillips had formerly resided.
Initially buried in the 5th Marine Division Cemetery on Iwo Jima, Pvt Phillips' remains were reinterred in Bethel Cemetery, Labadie, Missouri, in 1948.
World War II Medal of Honor