b. 12/12/1889 San Francisco, California. d. 29/10/1987 San Francisco, California.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 26/09/1918 Eclisfontaine, France.
World War I Congressional Medal of Honor recipient. He served during WWI as a Sergeant in the U.S. Army, Company C, 363d Infantry, 91st Division. Sgt. Katz was the only native Californian to receive the Medal of Honor during WWI and returned home to San Francisco to a hero's welcome. Mr. Katz, a bachelor, was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1923 and served as Public Administrator for the City and County of San Francisco for 27 years until his retirement in 1953. He was an avid fly fisherman and enjoyed world travel. Sgt. Katz was the first Californian to be accorded a special Medal of Honor recipient license plate. At the time of his death he was the nation's oldest living Medal of Honor recipient and is survived by his niece Philis Ludlam Gold. In August 1997 the 91st Division SGT Phillip C. Katz Battle Projection Center (BPC) was dedicated and opened at Camp Parks in Dublin, California.
After his company had withdrawn for a distance of 200 yards on a line with the units on its flanks, Sgt. Katz learned that one of his comrades had been left wounded in an exposed position at the point from which the withdrawal had taken place. Voluntarily crossing an area swept by heavy machine gun fire, he advanced to where the wounded soldier lay and carried him to a place of safety.
BURIAL LOCATION: CYPRESS LAWN CEMETERY, COLMA, CALIFORNIA.
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