b. 20/10/1874 McKeesport, Pennsylvania. d. 16/07/1900 Peking, China.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 20/06 to 16/07/1900 Peking, China.
Private Phillips was the first Marine whose Medal of Honor was awarded posthumously. Phillips is interred in Versailles Cemetery, McKeesport.
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty from 20 June 1900 to 16 July 1900. Private Phillips served in the presence of the enemy at the Battle of Peking, China. Assisting in the erection of barricades during the action, he was killed by the heavy enemy fire. By his courageous actions, indomitable spirit, and complete dedication to duty, Private Phillips reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
BURIAL LOCATION: MCKEESPORT/VERSAILLES CEMETERY, MCKEESPORT, PENNSYLVANIA
Section D, Lot 48