Sgt Philip Alden Beaman

Sgt Philip Alden Beaman

Chester, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 7 Mar 1945 (aged 24)
Burial Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines
Plot Plot D Row 16 Grave 149
Memorial ID 56774706 · View Source
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Philip, who resided at 22 Kells Avenue, Newark, Delaware, served as a Sergeant with the Intelligence Unit, Headquarters Company, 130th Infantry Regiment, 33rd Infantry Division, U.S. Army during World War II.

He enlisted in the Army on Feburary 26, 1942 at Fort Dix, New Jersey and was noted as Single, without dependents.

He was "Killed In Action" by machine gun fire on Luzon while serving as a squad leader on a large patrol near Aringay, La Union Providence.

He had served in the Army for three years at the time of his death. Philip was decorated with the Purple Heart and Distinguished Service Cross.

Service # 32242911

Bio by:
Russell S. "Russ" Pickett

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Award Article:

Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Sergeant Philip A. Beaman (ASN: 32242911), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 130th Infantry Regiment, 33d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces near Mount Magabang, Luzon, Philippine Islands, on 7 March 1945.

On that date Sergeant Beaman was a member of a patrol which was suddenly ambushed and surrounded by a superior force. As the troops endeavored to fight their way out, he observed a wounded comrade struggling with a Japanese who was trying to release a grenade. With machine gun fire directed at him from two sides he sprang up, killed two enemy soldiers who tried to stop him, and rushed to the aid of the wounded man. Although hit in the back and stomach by machine gun fire, he pressed forward, reached the wounded man and killed his adversary with his bayonet. When aid arrived he ordered the wounded man removed first. Taking up his rifle and providing covering fire, he was killed by enemy fire while his comrade was being removed. Sergeant Beaman's voluntary and heroic sacrifice of his life to protect a fellow soldier was in keeping with the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 33d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.

General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 131 (June 5, 1945)

Action Date: 7-Mar-45

Service: Army

Rank: Sergeant

Regiment: 130th Infantry Regiment

Division: 33d Infantry Division


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  • Maintained by: Russ Pickett
  • Originally Created by: War Graves
  • Added: 8 Aug 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 56774706
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Sgt Philip Alden Beaman (9 Jun 1920–7 Mar 1945), Find a Grave Memorial no. 56774706, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .