Phillip enlisted with the Army during the Second World War on 30th September 1944 and he was allocated service number QX62143. Phillip served as a Trooper with the 2/10th Australian Commandos in the Pacific and he was discharged on 28th May 1947. He then enlisted with the Royal Australian Air Force and he trained as a Pilot, after gaining his wings he served with 77 Fighter Squadron from 25th November 1951 to 19th June 1952 where he was Mentioned in Despatches , this being notified in the Commonwealth of Australia Gazette, 9th October 1952 on page 3993 at position 18 . Sadly Phillip died from cancer in 1991.
1. 1939-45 Star
2. Pacific Star
3. War Medal 1939-45
4. Australian Service Medal
5. Australian Active Service Medal 1945-75 with clasp KOREA
6. Australian Service Medal 1945-75 with clasp JAPAN
7. Korean Campaign Medal with MID (1)
8. Australian Defence Medal
9. Korean UN Medal
10. USA Air Medal with one oak leaf cluster CG 5th November 1953 Page 2993.
"On 6th February 1952 Sergeant Phillip Zupp distinguished himself by displaying outstanding courage while flying Meteor Mark Eight type aircraft in carrying out a search for a downed pilot in an area heavily defended by enemy anti-aircraft fire, Sergeant Zupp sighted what he believed to be distress panels and in coming down to dangerously low altitude to investigate he received an explosive burst of enemy fire which destroyed his canopy and wounded him in the face. Despite shock and low altitude Sergeant Zupp was able to regain control of his aircraft and return safely to base. Sergeant Zupp's outstanding courage and superior airmanship on this occasion reflects great credit upon himself, his comrades in arms of the United Nations and the Royal Australian Air Force."
11. USA Purple Heart
The above information supplied by Kerry Bulow, Find a Grave ID 48194407.
Abbreviations used above:
CG - Commonwealth of Australia Gazette.
MID - Mentioned in Despatches
Edith Harwood Blight Zupp