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Clifford F. Phillips

Date of death: 1919
Place of Birth: Nebraska, Gage County
Home of record: Falls City Nebraska
Status: KIA


Distinguished Service Cross

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Awarded for actions during the Russian Civil War

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 First Lieutenant (Infantry) Clifford F. Phillips, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism while serving with Company H, 339th Infantry, 85th Division (Detachment in North Russia), in action near Bolshieozerke, Russia, 2 April 1919. With a few men and two Lewis guns, First Lieutenant Phillips held the enemy counter attack for an hour until reinforcements arrived. He constantly encouraged and inspired his men by the example of heroism he set, refusing all aid when seriously wounded, to avoid weakening his small effective forces.

General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 95 (1919)

Action Date: 2-Apr-19

Service: Army

Rank: First Lieutenant

Company: Company H

Regiment: 339th Infantry

Division: 85th Division (Detachment in North Russia)