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Major Philip B. Larimore, Jr.
US ARMY - World War II

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Major Philip B. Larimore was the youngest man commissioned in World War II and the most-decorated Memphis hero of World War II: decorated with the Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, Purple Heart with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Croix D’Guerre with Palm, and Fourragere. He was awarded the European Campaign Medal with three bronze service stars and an arrowhead, the American Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, and the Combat Infantryman Badge. His unit received a Presidential Unit Citation. He received Battles Stars for the Rome-Arno, Southern France, and Germany campaigns. He was promoted to first lieutenant when 18, to captain at 19, and major at 22. He was wounded six times at Anzio and twice in southern France. In Germany, at 20 years old, as Company Commander of Company L, 30th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Division, while beating down three German machine-gun nests, he received the bullet wound which crushed the bone in his right leg above the knee causing him to lose the leg. He completed his Army service at Fort Myer, Virginia, as Executive Officer of the Ceremonial Detachment at Arlington National Cemetery and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. We his sons, Walter, William, Philip, and Richard, are aware that he was one of our nation’s heroes, we honor him even more as a loving husband to his wife of 54 years, Maxine, an incredible father to us, and a beloved grandfather to our children.

Tribute rendered by Walter L. Larimore, M.D.







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