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Lee Hugh Phillips

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U.S. Marine Corps
Medal Of Honor, Korea

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Assuming the point position against a numerically superior enemy force occupying a vital hill position which had been unsuccessfully assaulted on five occasions, Corporal Phillips led his men in a bayonet charge up the precipitous slope under a deadly hail of hostile enemy fire. Quickly rallying his squad when it was pinned down, he continued to lead his men through the bombarded area and, although only five men were left in the casualty ridden unit, gained the crest of the hill where he was immediately subjected to an enemy counterattack. Although greatly outnumbered, Corporal Phillips boldly engaged the hostile force with grenades and rifle fire and, exhorting his marines to follow him, stormed forward to completely overwhelm the enemy. With only three men left in his squad, he proceeded to spearhead an assault on the last remaining strongpoint. Using one hand to climb the hazardous precipice, he hurled grenades with the other and, with two remaining comrades, succeeded in annihilating the pocket of resistance and in consolidating the position. Immediately subjected to a sharp counterattack by an estimated enemy squad, he skillfully directed the fire of his men and employed his own weapon with deadly effectiveness to repulse the numerically superior hostile force.

Corporal Phillips was subsequently killed in action in a separate combat engagement at the Chosin Reservoir on November 27, 1950.

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