Cdr George Philip, Jr

Cdr George Philip, Jr

Fort Pierre, Stanley County, South Dakota, USA
Death 16 Jun 1945 (aged 33)
Okinawa, Japan
Cenotaph Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA
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Memorial ID 56119103 · View Source
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Entered the service from South Dakota.


From Fallen Sons and Daughters of South Dakota WW 11
George Philip Jr. (Geordie) was born in Ft. Pierre, SD, on April 14, 1912. His parents were George and Alice , called Isle Philip. He had one brother named Robert and a sister named Jean. He lived most of his childhood in Rapid City, SD.
He enjoyed hunting, playing football, crew rowing, and was a participant in Boy Scouts. He graduated from Rapid City High School in 1929. After high school he was employed as a guide at Wind Cave National Park. He went to college at South Dakota School of Mines for one year, and married to Margaret Taussig in 1939 in Norfolk, VA.
George entered the Navy at the U.S. Naval Academy in 1931 and graduated in 1935. He was trained in normal junior training, in engineering, and in gunnery. At the start of the war, Philip was deployed in Hawaii on the USS Ellet, where he held the rank of Lieutenant.
He was later transferred to the USS O’Bannon and was quickly promoted to Lieutenant Commander. He was again transferred to the USS Twiggs (see photo at end of profile) and was proud to serve the head command of the ship. He engaged in the battles of Solomon Islands, the Philippines, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa.
During the war, George wrote twice a week to his family. Since naval members could not talk about their ship’s war plans or anything concerning the war, he talked about how life was on the ship. He lovingly asked about his family, and talked about seeing them after the war.
One letter to his wife Margaret begins, "I received the letters from you today, all so cozy and wonderful. You have no idea how it swayed up my spirits.
Just one letter with your writing on the envelope has been enough, but to get ten exceeded my fondest hopes. And the pictures too, they were wonderful. I am so glad you were in most of the pictures.
I love the baby more than anybody in the world except you and the more pictures I have of you the better. I like it." These heart- warming letters from George were of great help to his family since they never knew if they would see him again.
George Philip Jr. perished off Okinawa, on June 16, 1945. He was the commander of the ship USS Twiggs. The ship was sunk by a kamikaze attack from a Japanese fighter plane that dived into the ship. The ship surprisingly stayed afloat a while, but many people still perished including Philip.
George’s remains were sadly never recovered. He has a memorial in several cemeteries worldwide.
George received many medals for his service in the war, including the Presidential Unit Citation, the Silver Star, Purple Heart, and numerous campaign ribbons for his efforts in serving our country greatly.
Also, in 1978, the Navy named a ship in George’s honor, the USS George Philip, which is a guided missile fast frigate. See the photo of this ship at the end of this profile.
George’s wife Margaret is deceased, but his daughter Margaret (Snow) lives in Key West, Florida, and his son George III now lives in Freeport, Maine.

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  • Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56119103
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Cdr George Philip, Jr (14 Apr 1912–16 Jun 1945), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56119103, citing Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA ; Maintained by CWGC/ABMC (contributor 6) .